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For three days now, I have felt poisoned, and even now I cannot say what going on around me is causing it. If the past is any measure, I eventually will see what is causing the poisoning and as I write into it, the poisoning will subside.
During the night of 9/8-9/2001, a familiar voiced asked in my sleep, “Will you make a prayer for a Divine Intervention for all of humanity?” I awoke, wondering what that was about? I said, “Okay, I ask for a Divine Intervention for all of humanity.” In my thoughts, my request was made to the Almighty.
On 9/11/2001, I figured I understood the prayer and what happened in New York City and elsewhere that terrible day were related. I was not freaked out, but was in a state of grace. I hoped the US would not retaliate and would seek a different response. I hoped that because I knew retaliation would cause America far more harm than the 9/11 attack had caused.
I often wonder why I was asked to make that prayer? I often wonder if the prayer was answered? I see no signs that it was answered, but I know many things happen in the spirit realms which cannot be seen by people, which eventually work their way down into the realm we human beings call life. Maybe something is in play, therefore. If so, I hope it brings about constructive change, which I don’t see underway, although I am encouraged by Congress’ seeming reluctance to give President Obama the green light to attack the Assad regime’s military forces in Syria.
On the Florida Keys front, email back and forth started yesterday by Joel Biddle of Key West. Joel once worked for Reef Relief. His wife, Erika, was a member of Reef Relief.
Subject: a bigger army corps threat
Hey Sloan,Sorry to have missed your confrontation with Lockwood…[recounted in the two previous posts at goodmorningkeywest.com] we had to leave early. But here is something you should know about…
in the 80?s and 90?s Florida, the US Govt and the Army Corps designed a system to rid farmlands of their surplus dirty water in Florida Bay claiming they were “restoring natures natural flow of fresh water” to the Everglades and Florida Bay. As a result the Bay and our reef suffered tremendous die-offs of seagrass beds, corals, and other marine-life. NOAAH, the Sanctuary and every ecological organization except Reef Relief backed this action… It took years to get them to stop doing this, actually to reduce the flow would be more accurate. Now the Govt and the Corps are planning to resume and, if they do, the damage will make what the channel widening and resultant cruise ship traffic might do to our environment, seem like child’s play… Dr. Brian LaPointe, scientist and seagrass expert, just gave expert testimony to the US Senate imploring them not to do this… he would like to bring you up to speed on this. He’s coming here tomorrow (he has a house on Big Pine Key) His contact info is: Brian Lapointe.
I recommended that he contact you as well as Arnoud and Nadja [who publish Key West the Newspaper - www.thebluepaper.com]… Brian says the release of this water is imminent.
Hi, Joel -
Poor Dr. Lockwood, he seems to have completely forgotten First, do no harm.
I called Brian La Pointe, and as things now stand we will meet for lunch at Coco’s Kitchen on Big Pine Key Thursday at 11:30 a.m. I’m supposed to be in Marathon by 1 p.m., so we will have a little while to meet and talk, perhaps more time later when he’s down in Key West. Although I told him three times, as I recall, that you had referred me to him, I did not get the impression he had ever heard of me.
The impending described dirty water discharge on the Florida mainland sounds awful, but it is beyond my perceived area of influence and focus. Perhaps that’s all about to change, though. I feel really poisoned about something, and perhaps this is it.
I do not view cruise ships as child play, though, after being educated by DeeVon Quirolo about their waste dumping just outside the reef line en route from Port Everglades to Key West. I remain of the view that Reef Relief made a tragic mistake not opposing cruise ships calling on Key West altogether, instead of trying to get them to change their spots.
I also remain of the view that the Army Corps of Engineers is no friend of Mother Nature, and probably never saw a bridge or a waterway it could not build, or a channel it could not dredge, etc., in the “national interest”. Sort of reminds me of the reasoning for the Corps’ master going into various ruinous wars overseas.
Brian said to me he was looking forward to talking with you… He was on the road when I emailed him about you… so excuse any confusion… I know how you don’t like back stories or getting side tracked from your crusades… but I’m very glad you can take your precious time (and his) to get together… we’ll see what sinks in from either side… I do think you will find Brian and what he says is MORE than interesting. Keep up, always, your excellent work…Cruise ships, their effects, and all you are doing is definitely NOT child’s play… but neither is flooding Florida Bay with dirty water… toxic water which has killed off most our reefs, and Brian knows as much, if not more, than anyone else about that… He also is more than an expert on army corps incompetence which does feed back to your central theme…
Hi again, Joel -
The “crusades” I get involved in are arranged by the angels for me to engage. I do their bidding, regardless of how I feel about it. They made it really clear in nap dreams yesterday that I am to get involved in this crusade, so I am getting involved in it. For me, it’s just another rough job. I will not identify with the victim – Mother Nature, but I will do my best to represent her interest. I will not make this job into a religion, and when the angels tell me my work is done, I will not have any difficulty letting it go. Thanks for helping the angels work me to death
Also in yesterday, from Glenn Ewy of Key West:
Mary Star of the Sea soup kitchen
Subject: Another lawsuit looks like
To: Key West Golf Club Homeowners
Re: An update on the City’s plan for a Homeless Center on College Road & HOA Board’s position
We are writing this letter to seek your opinion with respect to the City of Key West’s proposal to place a Homeless Center on College Road on the Easter Seals property. Please see the Survey at the end of this letter and return it to us letting us know your views.
City of Key West Mayor Craig Cates has recommended placing a 24 hour facility at the site of the Easter Seals building on College Road. The City hired consultant Dr. Marbut, nationally known for his expertise on homeless issues, to develop recommendations on how to reduce street-level homelessness in the Keys. His final report to the City Commissioners in August emphasized that the Key West community must change from a “culture of enablement” to a “culture of engagement”, utilizing techniques of rehabilitation Presently, the Key West community enables the homeless by providing shelter, food and drink without trying to rehabilitate. Services are provided by separate organization (KOTS, SOS, etc.). without individual case management or coordination between the various organizations that provide services to the homeless. Marbut said, “If the greater Key West community keeps doing the same activities in the same ways, the street-level chronic homeless population will dramatically increase and likely become more aggressive and embolden”.
Marbut recommended a 24/7 “Homeless Center” (Center) be constructed at the Easter Seals property on College Road. The goal of the Center is to provide food, shelter and rehabilitation in one coordinated program. He recommends this location as the lowest cost alternative since there are two existing buildings which can be modified (Mosquito Control and Easter Seals) and the City owns the property. The City is now obtaining detailed construction estimates for placing the Center on this site.
The HOA Board agrees with the need to establish programs that will reduce the homeless population in Key West and reduce the inflow of new homeless, but strongly objects to any College Road location for such a facility. The Board contends there are better uses for the Easter Seals property which do not present the safety and security issues associated with the close proximity of a homeless center. This view was reflected in the Resolution passed on August 21, a copy each of you received via e-mail.
The Board’s objection to a homeless center on College Road is based on a number of problems we foresee. Since zoning requirements make this project a “major development”, the City is legally obligated to solicit feedback from the surrounding community. However, the City has not scheduled any community meetings and appears to be proceeding without considering the views of a growing opposition. The following paragraphs describe your Board’s objections to a College Road homeless center, the impact of a center on existing College Road organizations, and alternative, more appropriate, uses of the Easter Seals property.
OBJECTIONS and RECOMMENDATIONS
On August 21st, the KWGCHOA Board passed a Resolution favoring the creation of a Homeless Center but objecting to placing it on the Easter Seals site on College Road. Following is a list of the Board’s objections:
Neighborhood Security and Safety;
To date there have been no security cost analyses or environmental studies to determine the impact of such a Center on the neighborhood. If the City intends to proceed without these, the Center should be located in a more appropriate location away from schools, tourist destinations and residential areas.
The security and safety of 390 households located in the Golf Course Community as well as the students, parents and teachers of Gerald Adams Elementary School, Key West Community College, Key West Botanical Garden and all other organizations on College Road could be compromised. Our Golf Club Community has experienced past intrusions of homeless persons wandering the streets, living under porches, using the pools and restrooms. This kind of activity is reflected in media reports from the San Antonio neighborhood where a similar Center is located. There, a 47% increase in calls to San Antonio’s Community’s Police Department have occurred since the Center was opened, and an increase in the homeless population in the area around the Center.
The Botanical Garden has been designated as a trailhead for the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail which would include facilities for parking, boating, and walking trails. The City’s proposed Homeless Center is in close proximity to the Garden. Security to prevent night intrusion of released Center homeless persons is paramount. And, the image of one of Key West premier tourist destination located next to the Homeless Center may well deter visitors.
Dr. Marbut estimates the yearly operating budget for the proposed Center at $1,200,000. He suggests that roughly $450,000 could come from the amount currently spent by the City for the KOTS facility, $400,000 from food donations from churches and other organizations. The balance of roughly $400,000 Dr. Marbut assumes will come from the Sheriff’s Office for security. Churches and other organizations have not agreed to provide food and the Sheriff’s Department has not agreed to provide security. Operating funds for the Homeless Center, other than $450,000 from the City have not been announced. Without providing meals at the Center as Dr. Marbut recommends, the incentive for the homeless to stay inside the facility so they can be rehabilitated is lost. Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay tells us they have no plans to provide security for the Center. The source of $750,000 of food and security has not been identified.
The Easter Seals and Mosquito Control buildings will have to be modified to accommodate the Center. These costs are in addition to those above, and the City has not provided any estimates yet or indicated where the funds will come from.
In order to place the Center on the Easter Seals property, Mosquito Control would move their operation from College Road to another location. The City should include the cost of moving the Mosquito Control operation, acquiring new property, relocating employees and building or renting a new facility for Mosquito Control. All this must be included in order to evaluate the complete cost of placing the Center on the Easter Seals property. The impact to services provided to the lower Keys should be evaluated as well.
Florida Keys SPCA Management and Board Members have requested a small additional piece of land adjacent to the Easter Seals property to expand their current site and allow for the construction of a new animal shelter. The FKSPCA Board further stated that private funds have been promised to them (contingent on the City making available the additional land) to build a new facility, which is urgently needed for its ongoing operations and it may be necessary to relocate SPCA to allow expansion. The City should evaluate this requirement carefully and factor in the cost of relocation of SPCA in order to evaluate the complete cost of placing the Center on the Easter Seals property.
Assisted Living Facility: The City opposed the construction of a new Assisted Living Facility for the elderly at Truman Waterfront. Our district commissioner, Mr. Billy Wardlow, has proposed that the assisted living facility be located at the Easter Seals facility. This would not affect the expansion of the Animal Shelter or the location of the Mosquito Control. In addition it would be conveniently located near the hospital. Surely the elderly deserve this prime location more than the homeless.
The Board believes that maintaining existing College Road organizations, permitting them to expand their facilities and providing a high end assisted living facility near the hospital is more in the interest of Key West Citizens than a College Road homeless center. We believe a more appropriate location is up the Keys away from the temptations of Key West.
How Can You Help NOW!
· We urge you to get involved in this issue that could affect your homes, safety and property
· Citizens are strongly encouraged to attend City Commission meetings to voice their opinions and concerns.
· The mayoral candidates have stated his/her position regarding the homeless center. We encourage you to review their respective positions before voting on October 1.
Mayor Craig Cates proposes placing a Homeless shelter at the Easter Seals location on College Road.
Margaret Romero opposes placing a Homeless shelter at the Easter Seals location on College Road.
· Write your Mayor and City Commissioners and let them know how you feel about this issue.
Craig Cates email@example.com
Billy Wardlow firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Yaniz email@example.com
Teri Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Clayton Lopez email@example.com
Mark Rossi firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmy Weekly email@example.com
We will send letters stating our concerns to City and County Commissioners and solicit support from neighbor organizations on College Road. Before we do that we want to make sure we accurately represent the majority of our owners. The last poll of homeowner’s on this issue was taken at t the January 2013 annual meeting and we again solicit your opinion on this critical issue. We have heard from some homeowners since then, but want to represent the views of the majority of homeowners.
Please select an answer below and email your response to Dave Hubbert, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(a) I approve of the City’s proposal to place a Homeless Center on College Road
(b) I approve of the Board’s position opposing a proposed Homeless Center on College Road.
(c) I do not approve of spending City money on a Homeless Center.
(d) None of the above. Tell us what you think.
Your HOA Board:
Dave Hubbert – President
Robin Mitchell – Vice President
Steve Black – Treasurer
Mark Gambuzza – Secretary
Joe Marubbio – Director
Perhaps, but the way this reads, the author(s) are trying to get the members’ support before it is taken to another level. Do you live in the golf course community? If not, how did you come across this letter?
we used to but have been renting it out. want to sell once the prices come back up more. the letter came from the new manager firm. we don’t want to have to pay lawyer fees if the association sues. under water enough now. it was a bad investment but at least we cover the nut. for now.
By under water, Glenn means they owe more than the property is worth. An all to familiar situation in the Keys. A situation I would have been in, if I had gotten a loan when I bought my place on Little Torch Key, but I paid cash and did not have to worry about going under water in the conventional sense. I seem to be under water most of the time, though, in another sense, for which I blame the angels, but the truth of the matter most likely is, I am the reason I owe God more than I am worth.
Ginger, of Jupiter, Florida, wrote yesterday:
you are so adept at combining art work and graphics with your articles. I don’t know how to do it and have problems putting art work and photos into my e mails or letters.
So how does it feel to be back in Key West? I miss the Broadway coffee shops near my apt in NYC. I lived at Riverside Drive and 115th Street, one block West of Columbia University entrance. It was like a university town in the neighborhood and quite safe. I remember in the 1980?s I walk south on Broadway from 110th Street to 82nd and Broadway to Zabar’s and Barnes and Noble through the Spanish section of charming old buildings in the 90?s. I was fluent in Spanish so I thought no problem. I discovered a great area, movie theatres, wine stores, little shops and green markets. The upper West Side area had been very desirable in the 1920?s and now its back again and especially Riverside Drive with many beautiful old mansions.
Hi, Ginger – I have mixed feelings about being back in Key West. There are quite a few people I enjoy seeing here, whom I have known for a while. Sometimes I meet new people I like getting to know. The politics is not a lot of fun. Getting pounded in my dreams most of the time is not any fun. The angels really did not like parts of today’s post, I learned when I went back to bed for a nap after putting it up. Since yesterday, I have been feeling really poisoned, and I still don’t know what that’s about yet. Feeling really poisoned is associated with something poisonous I’m engaging, or about to engage in this life. Sooner or later I see what it is, which is causing me to be poisoned. As I engage it and work through it, the poison eventually subsides. I miss living alone, having my own place, but am slowly adjusting to living in this home again. The old female cat slept with me last night, instead of with the owner. I am a cat person, when I was younger, I was a dog person. Then I had dogs and cats. And after that, I was mostly just a cat person. I hate confining a dog, cats can be allow to come and go as they please. I used to love visiting New York City, did it often. I can imagine you really miss it. Didn’t know you are fluent in Spanish, as is my younger daughter. She majored in Spanish in college, spent a year in Spain. It came in really handy later in interesting ways. She eventually went back to school and got her science courses done, and then she applied to medical school. Now she is an eye surgeon in private practice. Along the way, she taught in medical school and saw patients. I only speak a little Spanish, and understand it even less. For probably 25 percent of the people in Key West, Spanish is their first language. When I lived in Santa Fe, it was probably over 50 percent. I’m going to miss Gazzo and his wily ways on the chess board and his British humor, but he will be back in time to regale the tourists during the winter season. Wish I felt better, wish I could stay in the angels’ good graces. I must not be particularly smart, given how often they get onto me about something I have done, or am about to do. After being pressed for a while by my friend in whose home I am staying to get my hair cut and the beard disappeared, I went to a barber yesterday and now I’m in disguise, although some people have not been fooled. I had a server amiga at Harpoon Harry’s take a photo last night, but she was not able to figure out how to email it to me. Will be working on getting a photo of me in disguise to put into a post, to see if anybody is fooled
On combining art work in my articles, that is a feature of the website, which has a process for doing that. People send me photos, cartoons, etc. I feel like saving, and I right click on on them and then click “save image”, which puts the image into my photo gallery. When I’m putting together an article on the website, there is a feature for bringing in an image from the photo gallery anywhere in the article I want to put it. Usually, it works, although occasionally images seem to have built-in defenses to being used and after a while they disappear from an article at the website. I must violate lots of copyrights on images, but I don’t use them to try to make money, but only to enhance what I have written or borrowed from someone else. The fellow who built my website did something similar on his website, www.bigpinekey.com, and he taught me how to do it. He puts a pic at the front of every reader comment he publishes, which is all he publishes on that blog, other than a few commercial advertisements and his own intermittent thoughts on his readers comments. I’m pretty sure he is a reincarnated pirate, which leaves him feeling no remorse about borrowing images from Google and the Web. He infected me, it seems.
Grand Ole Opry
Nashville J sent this response to the George Zimmerman part of yesterday’s heart and soul, blood, sweat and tears, just another day in the life of one of Key West’s weirdos post at goodmorningkeywest.com:
In response to your:
I saw where George Zimmerman’s wife called 911 on him, on her and her father’s behalf. Zimmerman apparently went berserk, hit his father-in-law, broke things, threatened them with a gun. They later refused to press charges. I thought to myself, yes, they had the same experience with Zimmerman that Trayvon Martin had with him. I wondered how the six women who acquitted Zimmerman will feel after learning of Zimmerman’s behavior toward his wife and her father? I wondered how the many Zimmerman supporters will feel? I wondered when I will hear about Zimmerman going off the reservation again?
I submit this:
Later yesterday, I, Sloan, saw TV news reports along the same line. The local police say they are confident that the video in the smashed video device can be retrieved and perhaps it will shed independent light on what really happened.
While I played chess with Patrick the Terminator yesterday (he lived up to his reputation), he said I need to write a book. I asked if he had any sense of what the book would be about? He said I need to write a book. He might be right, but so far I don’t have any sense of what it would be about. I feel like I have been writing a book for years now, and it is collected on my websites. But, it might be a more specific book is in the wind. Time will tell.