1 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 1 KEY WEST THE NEWSPAPER JULY 20, 2012 PAGE ONE COMMENTARY AN OPEN LETTER TO STATE ATTORNEY WARD STATE ATTORNEY S STAFF MAY HAVE HELPED A POLICE OFFICER FALSIFY HIS POLICE REPORT AS WELL AS LIE UNDER OATH IN COURT STATE ATTORNEY WARD MAY HAVE BEEN IN ON IT by Dennis Reeves Cooper EDITOR S NOTE: Some history before my open letter to State Attorney Dennis Ward. When I taught Journalism 101 at the college level, I told my kids that a reporter should always try not to be part of the story. Over the 18 years since I founded Key West The Newspaper (KWTN), I guess I haven t done a very good job of following my own teaching. But it s not my fault. From the very beginning, I promised readers that we would try to make a difference by exposing corruption and incompetence in local government, the Key West Police Department (KWPD), the Monroe County Sheriff s Office (MCSO), as well as other public agencies. Some say that we have made a difference. But there is a downside. The management of all of these agencies have the power to try to get even. Ten years ago, I became part of the story when then-police Chief Buzz Dillon had me arrested for writing something he didn t like. In America, it is almost always news when a journalist gets arrested for something he or she writes. In this case, after the Miami Herald picked up the story, it hit the national wire services and I was invited to appear on Bill O Reilly s show on the Fox News Channel. And then the ACLU came in and sued the city. And the law that Dillon used to arrest me was declared unconstitutional and Buz Dillon is no longer employed by the City of Key West and I am still driving the Miata that the city bought for me. More recently, I was arrested and charged with DUI by DENNIS WARD now-retired Key West Police Officer Luis Sanchez. It just so happened that we had published several stories about Sanchez over the past couple of years. Our stories documented that Sanchez is a lying thug. We had not targeted Sanchez, but his name just kept coming up as we reseaerched corruption in the Key West Police Department. If you are a longtime reader, you may recall the story about his traffic stop of local artist Sal Unuvar. When Sanchez asked Unuvar for his licence and registration, Un- See WARD, page 4 GUEST COMMENTARY Voters Want Corrupt Officials Prosecuted GUERRA: WARD SHOULD BE RE-ELECTED by John L. Guerra Do you think your local, county and state officials are corrupt? Are public officials enjoying a nice round of beers bought with public money? Is that nice employee at the Housing Authority, the Monroe County Sheriff s Office, or wastewater treatment plant skimming money from the organizational till? Is the meter maid accepting $20 bribes from car owners who walk up as she writes them a parking ticket? Is the housing inspector giving a pass to his friends and family in the construction business while making it impossible for you to finish the addition you re building on your house? When you go to pick up your dog from the animal shelter, is the counter person pocketing the $150 fee you just paid to get Fido back? Welcome to America, where every town suffers from dishonest government officials. If you were to poll residents of Monroe County and Key West, I d wager that 80 percent would say at least some of their public officials are enriching themselves or friends with public money. The more important question, however: Is anyone watching the store? At the Monroe County School District, former Adult Education Coordinator Monique Acevedo stole tens of thousands of dollars in cash given to her department from students hoping to earn state beauty licenses by learning hair styling and manicure skills. Though students paid up to $1,900 for some classes, the line item in the annual school district budget for Adult Education fees collected had empty columns. No money recorded. No one caught it The missing money was there for the district s Finance Director to discover if she so desired. The proof was there, too, for the Florida Auditor General s Office, the state agency that reviews each school district s budget for fraud every year. See PROSECUTE, page 6 THE ISLAND S OLDEST INDEPENDENT WEEKLY NEWSPAPER
2 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 2 CAROL events GORTON FULLER Here Comes Brew Fest. Just What We Need in Key West. More Beer Nearly 70 beers and ales, including unique microbrews, are to be on tap at Key West BrewFest, scheduled Thursday through Monday, Aug. 30 through Sept. 3. The selection is to include such intriguingly named offerings as Monk in the Trunk, Harpoon Leviathan, Holy Mackerel and White UFO. Other specialty brews and local favorites such as Key West Sunset Ale are to be featured as well. BrewFest begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, with a beer school and educational seminar featuring brew guru Jim Brady at the oceanfront pavilion at the Southernmost on the Beach Hotel, 508 South St. A kickoff party is to follow at 5 p.m. at the Smokin Tuna Saloon, 4 Charles St. Subsequent events include beer dinners, a pool party at the Southernmost Hotel, 1319 Duval St., two craft beer and music events at Sloppy Joe s Bar, 201 Duval St., beer brunches, a tailgate party, after parties and even bingo at the landmark Green Parrot Bar, 601 Whitehead St. The festival s centerpiece, the BrewFest Tasting Festival, is set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday at South Beach adjacent to the Southernmost on the Beach Hotel. Attendees can sample beers from around the world while lazing beside the Atlantic Ocean. Admission is $30 per person in advance or $40 at the door. In addition, fine ale and other brews are to be paired with fine food Sunday during the multicourse Sam Adams Beer Dinner, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Southernmost Beach Café, 1405 Duval St. Presented by the Southernmost Hotel Collection and the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic, the Labor Day weekend celebration benefits the club s charitable efforts. Lager lovers can find festival details, tickets and memorabilia at the BrewFest Hospitality Suite at the Southernmost Hotel conference center on South Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Event information and advance tickets: or
3 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page news briefs Papa Poetry In honor of Papa s literary versatility, the Hemingway Home and Museum has invited the poets of the Key West Poetry Guild to read and perform the poetry of Ernest Hemingway at the Hemingway Home and Museum tomorrow evening, Saturday, July 21, from 7 p.m. until all selected poems have been presented. Hemingway s poetry is less well known than his prose, and there s a reason for that, said David Gonzalez, a Guild member and employee at the famed Hemingway House on Whitehead Street. But he started writing poetry when he was in high school, and some of his work is quite skillful. All of it is interesting. There is no charge to attend. Info: call Gonzalez at (305) Another Political Forum Set for July 30 Prior to the Primary election on August 14, Hometown! PAC has scheduled another political forum on Monday, July 30, at the Conch Flyer Restaurant at the airport, 5 until 8pm. Office seekers who have been invited are the Democratic candidates for the Mosquito Control Board- Dist. 3; Democratic candidates for state senator; Republican candidates for state representative; all the candidates on the ballot for School Board- Dist. 3; Republican candidates for sheriff and Democratic candidates for sheriff. Doors open at 5pm.
4 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page Ward FROM page 1 uvar reached into the center console of his car to get the documents and, suddenly, Sanchez pulled him out of the car and smashed his face into the pavement. Sanchez wrote in his police report that he feared for his life, suggesting that Unuvar may have been reaching for a weapon. But neither Sanchez nor any of the five or six other cops that showed up at the scene ever searched the car. Go figure. Sanchez is a lying thug. In another case, the State Attorney s Office (SAO) had to drop all charges because Sanchez had roughed up a driver he had stopped. And he attempted to justify that on his sworn police report by saying the man had gotten violent. But his ICOP video didn t show any such thing. But it did show that Sanchez is a lying thug. After Sanchez stopped me and subsequently hauled me off to jail, my lawyer and I asked for a jury trial. We would argue that Sanchez saw my car in the parking lot of the VFW and he hid in the lot until I came out, and then he followed me out of the parking lot. (Yes, he would testify in court that he not only knew my car, but he also knew where I lived and where I parked my car when I was home.) My lawyer and I would also argue that Sanchez had no probable cause to stop me that night. We would also argue that Sanchez falsified both his police reports as well as his under-oath testimony in court. I now believe that State Attorney Ward and his staff knew that Sanchez was lying. Furthermore, I now believe that Ward s staff may have actually assisted Sanchez in falsifying his testimony and I believe that State Attorney Dennis Ward knew or should have known what his staff was doing and, in fact, I now believe that Ward may have actually been in on it. If Ward wants to claim that he didn t know what his staff was doing, that s almost worse than knowing. Here is my open letter to State Attorney Ward. We sent him a draft in advance to give him and opportunity to respond. At press time, he had not responded. AN OPEN LETTER TO STATE ATTORNEY DENNIS WARD: I have always thought that the role of the State Attorney is special. That role is not only to prosecute the bad guys but also to seek the truth. Not like many lawyers in private practice. They have a different role to represent the best interests of their clients even if that requires a little skullduggery and some shading of the truth. But until my recent experience with your office, I still naively thought that the primary role of the State Attorney is to seek the truth even if that truth might make it more difficult or impossible to get a conviction. My assumption was that you would never knowingly use, or allow your prosecutors to use falsified information to win a case. Maybe I watch too much television. The purpose of this is not to question the jury s decision in my case. Those people sat there for four days listening to witnesses and another four hours coming to a conclusion. Their decision is now history. I am a big boy and I am responsible for my own behavior. What I want to write about here is what went on before I was arrested. First of all, what went on was the publishing of a number of news stories in the Blue Paper over a couple of years about Officer Luis Sanchez. In those stories, we documented Sanchez as a lying thug. So, it just so happened that Sanchez was the arresting officer in my case. Go figure. I suspect that you and your staff knew or should have known that Sanchez is a lying See WARD, next page
5 Ward FROM page 4 thug yet you embraced him as a credible witness. As Assistant State Attorney Nick Trovato was building his case against me, he must have quickly realized that Sanchez had been stalking me that night. He saw my car in the VFW parking lot and he waited there for me to come out. During my trial, Sanchez admitted that he knew my car, and that he knew that I lived four blocks away from the VFW and he knew where I parked my car when I was home. Surely Trovato must have wondered why Sanchez knew all that information about me. There were no wants or warrants for my arrest that night. So why did Sanchez sit there and wait for me? The answer is that he had an opportunity that night to punish me for writing the truth just like Buz Dillon 10 years ago. Didn t you and Trovato think it was at least interesting that Sanchez had been watching me? Stalking a citizen by a police officer may or may not be against the law, but it certainly must be a violation of police policy. But if it is, Chief Lee doesn t seem to care much. He calls it officer discretion. After my arrest, he told me that I had been treated just like everybody else. But that s not true. In one of our news stories about Sanchez, we reported that he had pulled over a vehicle that was being driven erratically. When he realized that the driver of that vehicle was a fellow cop, he arranged for the cop to be driven home. On the night I was arrested and standing on the roadside in handcuffs, I asked Sanchez if he would arrange a ride home for me. He pretended not to hear me. In any event, we now know that Chief Lee apparently has a very casual attitude concerning DUI. Last week, we reported that Lee, in the process of kicking a guest out of his house, escorted the young man who was so drunk he almost couldn t stand up to his car and told him to drive home. The young man got into his car, started the engine, shifted into reverse and accelerated and immediately backed into a neighbor s fence, causing hundreds of dollars in damage. And the cops who showed up arrested him for DUI. Stalking may or may not be a crime. But falsifying a police report is. As Trovato was building his case against me, he must have realized that there were at least two generations of Sanchez police report. In his first report, he said he was on routine patrol in the VFW parking lot and that he just happened to be leaving the lot at the same time that I was leaving. Later, when he learned that the VFW had multiple security cameras showing him hiding in the parking lot, he wrote a new report concocting another story. He said that he thought it was prime rib night at the VFW and that he planned to have dinner there, even though he had just gone on shift. And, he said, the reason he did not go inside is that he asked a couple coming out of the club if it was crowded and, he said, the couple told him it was packed. The truth is that the VFW s security cameras show that there was almost nobody in the club. There was only one couple at the bar and the cameras showed that couple leaving the club and they did not talk to Sanchez. In any event, according to his second report, it just so happened that he was leaving the parking lot at the same time I was leaving. The truth here is that Sanchez falsified one or both of his police reports. And not only did Trovato know that, I suspect that he and/or others in your office may have actually helped See WARD, next page Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page
6 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page Ward FROM page 5 Sanchez falsify his second report and I now believe that you may have approved that strategy. This may explain why no one in the SAO ever considered, for even a moment, prosecuting Sanchez for falsifying an official report because the SAO was in on it! And you were not about to admit that Sanchez had no probable cause to pull me over that night. This may also explain why you and Trovato apparently ignored Judge Audlin s report concluding that Sanchez had no probable cause to stop me that night. Why was Judge Audlin involved? After the State Department of Motor Vehicles ruled that Sanchez did have probable cause to stop me, we appealed that ruling. Before taking that action, my attorney told me not to get my hopes up Nobody beats the DMV, he said. But we did! Judge Audlin was assigned to consider our appeal. He apparently looked at hours of video from the VFW and Sanchez ICOP. In his report, he said it was very clear that Sanchez pursuit began in the parking lot before I had any opportunity to break any traffic law at all. In fact, one of the VFW videos shows Sanchez going so fast in the parking lot to make sure that he didn t lose me, he almost had a collision with a woman backing out of a parking place. Sanchez wrote in one of his several sworn police reports that I had rolled through a stop sign and ran over a double yellow line. But Judge Audlin wrote that I did not violate any traffic law before Sanchez pulled me over. I am told that, for some obscure legal reason, Audlin s report could not have been introduced to the jury at my trial but it should have certainly influenced your and Trovato s thinking as you planned your case against me. Judge Audlin was telli ng you that Sanchez had no probable cause to stop me that night and you and Trovato just blew him off choosing instead to base your case on Snachez police reports which both you and Trovato knew were falsified! Whatever happened to searching for the truth?! Prosecute FROM page 1 In the months before she was caught, Ms. Acevedo gave a special presentation before the School Board about all the money generated by her Adult Education Department. During the presentation, she told board members that the fees from the classes generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for the school district. She said that with a straight face, without a trace of irony. Now that she s well into her eight-year sentence for fraud in a Florida prison, the district is still trying to find its feet in the sand. It was an extraordinary case. Alone, with or without her husband s help, she brought the whole game down, and boy, what a culture of corruption, as the cliche goes. What if the newspapers reported all of the financial mischief in the school district with the poor children literally robbed of publiclyfunded school books, clothes, dental care, and other benefits and the Office of the State Attorney decided not to prosecute. In the public call for justice, what if the state attorney decided that enough damage had been done to the district? Let Ms. Acevedo resign (she did) and let the school district clean its own house. After all (a state attorney could have decided) a long, penetrative investigation would only hurt the morale of well-meaning school employees and destroy the public s faith in the education system. U.S. Attorney prosecuted cases in the past. Many of the public corruption cases before Dennis Ward became Monroe County State Attorney were handled not by that office on Whitehead Street, but investigated from the Miami FBI office and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney when he was in Key West. A good friend of mine, born and raised in Key West, said the Keys have changed in one respect in recent years: Now when there s a case of public corruption, the public learns the details of what happened. The public gets information about cases that once were dealt with quietly. There were trials, of course, but not in the Monroe County courthouse, but in the federal building on Simonton Street. Ward, who got in trouble for greeting a juror (in full view of the courtroom, not in secret) and who neglected to keep up with continuing state bar association education requirements, is getting pummeled for these mistakes by his campaign opponents. Ward s mistakes shouldn t be ignored, but given their proper weight. The judge faulted Ward and Ward completed his bar education requirements. He was temporarily suspended from the bar, as were more than 800 other attorneys statewide, bar officials said, and the bar considers it a minor administrative matter. Ward was rightfully criticized after his suspension became public, but I don t consider it a vote-breaker by any means. Though former State Attorney Mark Kohl is hoping to win his seat back from Ward in November, I believe Kohl doesn t have as strong a record of fighting corruption as Ward has. Kohl s office convicted Louis Latorre, the former head See PROSECUTE, page 17
7 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page LETTERS Vogel May Have Baggage, Too A recent article published in the print media, indicates that Catherine Vogel may have engaged in Prosecutorial Misconduct, before she was suspended by the Miami-Dade State Attorney, due to the negligent handling of the infamous Griselda Blanco Case. Apparently, Ms Vogel violated court rules and the ethical standards of law practice while involved in this matter. Griselda Blanco is credited with murdering 200 human beings. She was a Columbian Drug Cartel Capo, whose wanton disregard for human life destroyed the lives of innocent children and families, while she trafficked in the cocaine trade. Ms. Vogels conduct may have compromised and marginalized the state s case against this murderer. Ms. Vogel s exploits appear to have influenced the reason why this prolific serial killer was sentenced to only 4 years in prison. It appears that due to Ms. Vogel s failure to exercise due diligence, this assassin roams the world as a free woman, since her release in There appears to be ad- ditional infractions, as related to Ms. Vogel s behavior in this case. The Florida Bar Rules of Professional Conduct: Rule 4-8.4, subsections (a), (d), (e) and (i) provides a minimal mark of proficiency, which the internal investigation suggests, may not have been maintained by Ms. Vogel. An apparent breech of this magnitude must be thoroughly vetted prior to determining if Ms. Vogel is eligible or qualified to be a lawyer, prosecutor or state attorney. It s my hope that this letter will draw the attention of those who can make a proper determination, as to the viability of these alleged infractions. Kathleen Collins Key Largo
8 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page by Rick Boettger I must confess I am kind of phoning it in today. I intended to write a seriously funny piece called Monique the Sequel: Laptops Galore, Out the Door. It seems tens of thousands of dollars of laptop computers we the taxpayers bought for numerous county agencies mysteriously became obsolete after a couplethree years and had to be disposed of not sold, not donated to charity, but disappeared into the ether. We ve heard of the missing iphones, but the laptops are supposed to be covered by a crack inventory system that tracks everything worth over $1,000. Well, it seems the inventory system takes literally years to decide something is missing, and then they just put it on a list to be deleted from the records, send the list to the Board of County Commissioners, where it s rubber-stamped, and that s the end of it. Folks, when I managed to find the humor in our school board last week, I felt I had the magic power to make ANYTHING funny, like hurricanes and Danny Kolhage. But with inventory control, I have met my match. Until we view on YouTube a menage of blitzed county employees openly hawking laptops at Mallory and spending the proceeds at Fairvilla, I m going to let this go before it turns my brain into gazpacho. Instead, to brighten myself up after wallowing in laptops, plus another grueling dose of Citizens Voice kvetching, I m going to rest my soul in a Happy Place, the Southernmost Funny Farm. Which of course, would be us, the City of Key West. We have to be the most hilariously nutso community in the world, unless there s an enclave of a thousand clowns somewhere in the Catskills I am not aware of. Here is my Top Ten list of things that make us so wonderfully wacky: 10. Duck Tours. Think of it big clumsy trucks called ducks lumbering through our streets and then dunking themselves in the ocean! Seems like something from a video game. And they give extra exercise to the spirits of our many buzzy citizens who hate cars and the Conch Tour Trains. 9. Iguanas and chickens. What bizarre creatures from the barnyard and Galapagos to wander our urban streets! Could they look and act any sillier? Good arguments for not the intelligent, but rather wacky design of our universe. Also, good grist for the PETA and anti-peta claques. 8. Bicycles. Our hand-painted, bead-hanging, sticker-displaying, fat-tired, fixed-gear conch cruisers weaving slowly the wrong way on one way streets are always a jolly sight to behold. And we even manage to make them a constant source of Citizens voice scowling! 7. Eastern Europeans. How did we ever win the lottery to get all these beautiful, strapping young COMMENTARY Southernmost Funny Farm Czechs, Russians, Poles, Latvians, etc. to come to our burg and dance in our titty bars, deliver our pizzas, and play tennis with me at Bayview? One great year, a bevy of dancers from Bare Assets up the street tried out tennis for a few months, dressed pretty much for work. Pinched meself bright pink, I did. 6. Sunset. Pavlovian cats, fire-jugglers, stiltwalkers, acrobats, singers, surprising local craftsmen, Cuban dancing, and hundreds of people arrayed before a glimmering ocean full of catamarans, tanbark schooners, fraternally-twinned islands, and a grand glowing orb drenching the clouds with pink and orange as we all clap it to sleep. Every night. For free. 5. Fantasy Fest. What started as an only-slightlywilder-than-usual gay party weekend has exploded orgasmically into an internationally-renowned oasis of mild depravity for middle-class, middle-aged heteros with a once-a-year urge to share views of each others intimate organs. With funky costumes, massed parades, and even wild parties for the animals, at their Casa contest. 4. Speaking of gay parties, let us thank the spirit of Gayness for infusing our funny farm with its rainbow splashes of true diversity. Whatever makes people gay, I think has infused at the macro level our entire city, brightening us up to a level of at least mild androgyny. And Proud? Yes I am. Of all of us. 3. Tom Oosterhoudt and Sloan Bashinsky. Truly original journalists, of opposite ilk. If Tom is like the WHAT S YOUR OPINION? Send us a Letter to the Editor Key West T H E biggest, brightest ornament on the Christmas tree, Sloan is like a disastrously-gifted Tasmanian Devil who has burst his cage and is tearing the tree to bits. Guys, thank you for your happy photos and selfdeprecating, ass-kicking blog. 2. Artists, writers, and water workers. We must have the largest concentration in any city of people with magical lives leaving them immersed in their creative juices and the ocean, as active artists and people who go out every day to fish, kayak, snorkel, and otherwise lead our lucky tourists around our sacred waters. They grace my funny farm every day of my life. 1. Moi. After carving up the nice folks on our city commission and school board this month, I feel I should turn my scalpel on my own flesh in retribution for my sins. I d love to read a similar parody of myself, but it may not be possible, as my every waking minute is something of a self-parodying masterpiece. My geeky clothes, poor posture, cowlicky hair, bellowing quasi-opera voice as I bike around town, over-reaching screeds on myriad off-topics, hothouseflower friends... the only normal part of me is my wife Cynthia, and we might not want to scratch too far beneath her surface. So, what a joyous symbiosis of wackiness we have all conspired to create together, for each other, my dear readers and funny farmers. Now let s celebrate a day without politics. N E W S P A P E R Key West The Newspaper is published every Friday, all year 'round, 52 weeks a year. Free distribution weekly: 9,000 News tips and letters to the editor are welcome. Mail: P.O. Box 567, Key West FL Phone: (305) Website: kwtn.com Editor/Publisher Dennis Reeves Cooper, Ph.D. Photography Richard Watherwax Art Director Art Winstanley Columnist Rick Boettger
9 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 9 ENTERTAINMENT EATING & DRINKING NIGHTLIFE EVENTS ARTS Weekend Music at Island Dogs The Revivalists at the Parrot All Weekend JEFF CLARK & FRIENDS will be at Island Dogs tonight, Friday, July 20, starting at 9. CON LECHE (no photo) has the Satirday night gig. LIVE MUSIC ON THE ISLAND Pages 9 thru 15 THE REVIVALISTS return to the Green Parrot Bar for a whole weekend of music, starting with a 5:30 sound check this afternoon, Friday, July 20. Then, they return for a full gig at 10. A 10 o clock show is also scheduled for tomorrow night, Saturday. Then, finally, they ll also do the 5:30 sound check on Sunday afternoon. Nyasia in Concert Old school legend NYASIA will perform live in concert at the BottleCap, 1128 Simonton Street, Saturday, July 28. This will be a freestyle concert mix tour 2, featuring djs on turntables. VIP tickets available at More info at
10 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 10 more entertainment MUSIC on the rock Weekend Music at the Rum Barrel THE LOFI S (top photo), a 3-piece rock band of Key West transplants who perform throughout Key West and the Keys, will hit the stage at the Rum Barrel tonight, Friday, July 20, starting at 8. With Tony Baltimore Durante on lead vocals and guitar, Anthony Picone on lead vocals, and guitar/bass, and Dave Baron on drums/percussion, they ve built quite a following here. LANCE TAYLOR (bottom photo) has the Saturday night gig, starting at 7.
11 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 11 MUSIC ON THE ROCK Live Music on the Island KEY WEST IS FAMOUS FOR ITS LIVE MUSIC. HERE S A LISTING OF SOME OF THE TOP MUSIC VENUES IN THE SOUTHERNMOST CITY EDITOR S NOTE: Music schedules are subject to change without notice. To be included in this listing, venues may music schedules to kwtn.com by end of day Monday. The Bull One of Duval Street s last open-air bars actually three bars: The Bull on the first floor, the Whistle on the second floor and the clothing-optional Garden of Eden on the roof. Live music all day and late into the night. Capt. Tony s Saloon A Key West landmark at 428 Greene Street, just off Duval. Since the 1850s, the building has been an ice house, a telegraph station, a cigar factory, a bordello and a series of bars, including the original Sloppy Joe s. This is where Hemingway drank The legendary Capt. Tony Tarrecino, a charterboat captain and a former gunrunner, bought the place in Tony was the Mayor of Key West Live music every day from noon. The Carl Peachey Band is the house band. Cowboy Bill s Honky Tonk Saloon Duval Street s only country bar. 610 Duval Street. Live music Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday. Two stages. Ladies drink free Wednesdays Sports venue, too. Come ride the bull. Finnegan s Wake An authenic Irish Pub, off the beaten path at 320 Grinnell Street. Live music on the weekends. Green Parrot Bar A Key West landmark since A favorite of locals and visitors alike. But even regulars were mystified when, in May 2000, Playboy magazine named the Parrot one of the 24 Best Bars in America. We don t make this stuff up. More recently, the Parrot was named the Best Live Music Venue in Florida for 2010 by Florida Monthly Magazine. This is the home of great drinks and bad art and one of the top venues for live music on the island. Hogfish Bar & Grill Funky waterfront venue on Stock Island. Maybe the best hogfish sandwich in the world! Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Hog s Breath Saloon Live music every day from 1pm til late. Island Dogs Located on Front Street in historic Old Town Key West, Island Dogs has developed into one of the most popular music venues. Rum Barrel A popular restaurant, bar and music venue at the corner of Front and Simonton. CONTINUED on next page FINNEGAN S WAKE GREEN PARROT SCHOONER WHARF THE BULL CAPT. TONY S SALOON
12 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 12 MUSIC on the rock FROM previous page Schooner Wharf Bar Another top music venue. Famous mostly-outdoor bar located right on the water at Key West s Historic Seaport at the foot of William Street. This must be the center of the universe, wrote newsman Charles Kurault. Voted Best Locals Bar six years in a row. Michael McCloud is on stage every afternoon except Monday and Tuesday, noon til 5. Live music on the weekends. Sunset Pier at the Ocean Key House, Zero Duval. Talk about a waterfront venue! The pier sticks right out into the harbor. Live music most afternoons and evenings. Sloppy Joe s One of the most famous bar s in the world. Hemingway hung out here. Live music from noon til late. Virgilio s Live music every night. Sunset Pier at the Ocean Key House, Zero Duval. Talk about a waterfront venue! The pier sticks right out into the harbor. Live music most afternoons and evenings. Willie T s A classic Key West open-air bar on Duval Street. Live music afternoon from 1 to 4pm. At night, the music starts at 8. Yankee Jack at the Bull YANKEE JACK has been entertaining at the Bull Bar for years. He s on stage every afternoon from 1 til 5, except Wednesdays. Ask for Friiends in Low Places.
13 Behind Bars RICHARD WATHERWAX Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 13 Music at the Hogfish BARTENDER OF THE WEEK BILL is a bartender at the Southernmost Beach Cafe. His specialty drink is a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Tell us who your favorite drink server is: CW COLT will be on stage at the Hogfish Bar & Grill tomorrow night, Saturday, July 21. RAY WEST will be in the house tonight, Friday. Showtime is 6 til 9. MUSIC on the rock
14 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 14 music on the rock Baeder Hosting Blues Concert Series at Island Dogs Larry Baeder s dynamic musical career as a gifted and virtuosic guitarist, songwriter and producer reads like a who s who of American music over the past 30 years. Chuck Jackson. Ashford & Simpson. Smokey Robinson. Carly Simon. Bonnie Raitt. Jazz legends Jay McShann, Illinois Jacquet, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and singer Diane Mama Rae. Legendary blues artists Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Matt Guitar Murphy, Albert King, and Dan Elwood Blues Akroyd. Buddy Guy and James Taylor. Now in Key West, the legendary Baeder takes on the Wednesday Night Blues Unplugged Concert Series at LARRY BAEDER Island Dogs. Every Wednesday, Baeder will host and perform alongside a different blues artist, either local or visiting. The Blues is America s original art form, Baeder said. Its broad pallet means that it ll be different from week to week depending on the guest, but it ll be just as glorious. Upcoming shows include: August 1: New York Blues Siren Nikki Armstrong August 8: New York Keyboard Legend Pete Levin We were incredibly fortunate to pin down Larry to work with us on this and to jam with some amazing blues artists right here on our stage, said David Thibault, co-owner of Island Dogs. NOW HIRING
15 music on the rock Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 15 Music Every Day and Every Night at Willie T s WILLIE T S has become a real venue for live music on Duval Street. Music during the day 1 til 4; Happy Hour entertainment at 4:30; and music at night, starting at 8. Just a few of the musicians who have gigs at Willie T s are left to right, ZACK SEEMILLER, MICHELLE DRAVIS and RED DAWG & SPARKY. The Doerfel Family is Back at Schooner Wharf THE DOERFELS will be on stage at the Schooner Wharf Bar tonight and tomorrow night, Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, 7 til midnight.
16 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 16 film What s on at the Tropic by Phil Mann Benicio Del Toro was a Mexican anti-drug cop in the movie Traffic, back in Now, in SAVAGES, he s back as a drug thug, head of the northern branch of a Mexican cartel headed by the beautiful Elena Sanchez (Salma Hayek). These Mexicans are savages, relishing torture and decapitation to keep the competition in line. Now they want to move in on the business of a couple of California surfer dudes, Chon (Taylor Kitch) and Ben (Aaron Johnson), who have built a successful, though slightly illegal, business selling premo marijuana, while remaining nice guys. Chon is an ex-navy Seal, back from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, while Ben is a Buddhist-botanist, who gets his pleasure building water systems for African villages. What bonds these guys together is their business, and their shared (in all ways) love for Ophelia (Blake Lively) a blonde airhead. Who s going to win when the cartel pursues its unfriendly takeover? Not so quick. Director Oliver Stone is a talented guy, winner of three Oscars (Midnight Express, Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July), who knows how to crank up a plot. Turns out the boys have an ally in the local D.E.A. agent (John Travolta) who s on their payroll, plus Chon has a cadre of ex-seals who know a thing or two about armaments and munitions, and Ben s buddies are IT masters. I can t tell you how it s going to turn out, but I can assure you that there s lots of blood and guts on the way. Savages is Oliver Stone s strongest work in years a stylish, violent, hallucinatory thriller with both OTTER a mean streak and a devilish sense of humor. (Ty Burr, Boston Globe) In keeping with the Tropic programmer s efforts to bring a mix of offerings to The George, he s lined up a nature documentary and a drama. The subject of the documentary, OTTER 501, is sea otters, surely one of the most anthropomorphizable creatures on earth. Watch one floating on his back, with his tummy as a plate and managing his food with little hand-like claws, while giving you a look of don t you wish you could do this, and you ll be smitten for life. That s what happened to Katie Pofahl, a 20-something woman who volunteered at the Monterey Aquarium and helped rescue an injured otter. It s a great, and beautifully filmed, nature lesson that goes down easily. The stars of the film are so entertaining, the tricks seem superfluous. Sometimes all you need are otters. (Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle) The drama PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING depends on human stars, in this case Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, and Elizabeth Olsen. They are three generations who come together on a Woodstock farm. Grace is an aging hippie (Fonda); Diane her straight, lawyer daughter (Keener); and Zoe their ripening daughter/ granddaughter (Olsen). Diane has been estranged from her mother for twenty years in rebellion against the potted lifestyle, but a sudden breakup with her husband has shaken her. Piling her kids in the SUV, she decides to pursue reconciliation. With a good deal of comedy and easy-listening dialogue, things work out. There is something kind of groovy about Peace, Love & MisunderstandinG... rarely has head-to-toe tie-dye been pulled off with such flare. (Betsy Starkey, L.A. Times) A duo of summer hits, MOONRISE KINGDOM and TO ROME WITH LOVE are held over. Special Events all weekend. On Friday morning, Brian Gordon Sinclair repeats his one-man show HEMINGWAY ON STAGE: THE ROAD TO FREEDOM. Saturday morning Kids $1 Club shows PETER PAN. On Sunday night the Florida Keys Help Line has put together a benefit Sunday Evening with Papa. They re showing the classic TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, plus a cocktail reception and silent auction. You can just come to the reception, or add the movie, as you wish. Details at TropicCinema.com/special. html. And on Monday it s Burt Reynolds in THE CANNON- BALL RUN for this week s Road Trippin Classic. Full schedules and info at TropiCinema.com or TCKW. info.
17 Prosecute FROM page 7 of social services who recently began serving his 42-month sentence for DUI with serious bodily harm. Latorre had been free since 2008 appealing his conviction. Likewise, Kohl handled the case of a parking official who stole tons of quarters from meters, and that man drew a conviction. After breaking probation, he was sent to prison. Ward should be re-elected. I am voting for Ward; he ran for his office on the promise to prosecute corrupt Keys officials. That is just what his office has done. I first met Ward at the Studios of Key West one evening during his first run for office. As we stood outside the studios during an open house there, he introduced himself and as we talked, he told me he wasn t going to shy away from prosecuting dishonest local politicians. It was a safe promise to make; at the time there were no corruption cases on the horizon. This town used to give a come-uppance to those who attack sacred cows. The Bubba System will get you that is the stated threat. So, Monique Acevedo is in prison; her husband, Randy, earned three felony obstruction convictions and is on probation. Norma Jean Sawyer, who ran the Bahama Conch Community Land Trust but misspent money meant to help poor and elderly residents in Bahama Village, also was convicted under Ward s service. The public had been pounding the table for someone to do something about the BC- CLT problem for a long time. Former Mosquito Control director of operations, Mike Spoto, recently was sentenced to 90 days in the Monroe County Detention Center for theft of cell phone services paid for by taxpayers. Now Ward s assistant prosecutors are warming up in film the bullpen for Lisa Druckemiller, the former Monroe County Technical Services Director accused of illegally selling expensive iphones and ipads to individuals. That investigation is expected to bring convictions; there is a newspaper report that she might seek a plea bargain. Ward s ace in the hole is long-time Assistant State Attorney Mark Wilson and other assistant prosecutors who convinced juries to convict in these cases. Building strong cases and presenting simple but solid arguments to juries, Ward s prosecutors have helped Ward deliver satisfaction to a public tired of corruption in the Keys. Can Ward win another term? Two candidates, Kohl and Catherine Vogel, a former colleague of Ward s, believe they can beat him. Kohl, who if anyone can be considered such, is the Bubba System s choice. Vogel s recent campaign ad in the Key West Citizen, however, bothered me a bit. She promised not to try her cases in the press. That is usually a complaint of defense attorneys: that prosecutors outline their cases to reporters, forcing defense lawyers to either remain silent or reveal their defense plan to reporters. I believe not trying cases in the press is code for keeping witness interviews, investigator reports, unsealed search warrants, and other pretrial public information from the public. If Vogel is to become prosecutor, she shouldn t promise defense lawyers that she ll keep things quiet. Or my Conch buddy will see a return to the days when the public never heard details of public crime. By the way, Vogel put on a spirited defense of Randy Acevedo in spite of Ward s openness to the press. It s not that complicated, however. Ward is a fighter and this town needs someone who understands that corruption is expensive, destroys the public s faith in its governments, and hurts the morale of those who get up every day and do the right thing. I d love to hear readers opinions on Ward s performance and whether someone else should be state prosecutor in the Keys. Please take the time to send your thoughts. EDITOR S NOTE: This commentary was previously published in John Guerra s blog johnguerra.blogspot. com. com Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 17
18 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 18 If your club or organization has something special happening, let us know in three sentences. Send to: and type community in the subject window, or PO box 567, Key West FL Info due by noon on Tuesday before Friday publication. No attachments, please. PLEASE SEE OUR NEW COMMUNITY PAGES SUBMIS- SION GUIDELINES ABOVE CANDIDATE FORUM A forum of candidates for the School Board, Districts 2 and 3, will be held on Friday, July 27, between 6:00pm and 8:00pm in the fellowship hall of the Big Pine Key Methodist Church, 280 Key Deer Blvd. Bill Becker, News Director of US1 Radio, will be the moderator. Call (305) for details. LOCAL SCHOOL NEEDS BAND EQUIPMENT--Sigsbee Charter School needs equipment for its brand-new burgeoning Band and Music Programs! If you have any musical instruments or equipment not being used that you would like to donate please contact Ken Silverman, Music Teacher/ Band Director at (305) or No donations are too small! All donations are tax-deductible. USED CELL PHONE AND PRINTER CARTRIDGE DRIVE TO BENEFIT KWHS STUDENTS AND THE EARTH!--Please consider donating your old cell phones (in absolutely any condition, even broken) and used printer cartridges to Key West High School for its ongoing recycling fundraiser. It s a great thing to do for the school and for the planet! Phones and cartridges can be dropped off at the KWHS office, 2100 Flagler Ave., or at various drop boxes around Key West, including both Fausto s locations, and up the Keys at Baby s Coffee, MM15. MONKEY BINGO EVERY MONDAY--MARC House and the community Sister Season Fund, as an all-locals benefit duo, are now partnering to sponsor Monkey Bingo every Monday at the Green Parrot from 7-9pm. All are welcome! Sister Season is the charity that provides assistance for rent and basic utilities to locals in the hospitality and entertainment industries when they are unable to work through no fault of their own. For details or an application please phone SSF President Ginger King at (305) KEY WEST WILDLIFE CENTER NEEDS VOLUN- TEERS--Help care for, rehabilitate and release wildlife, tend plants, make minor repairs, or do light office work. Flexible hours can count as community or intern service. For information call (305) or CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP--for Alzheimer s and dementia. Are you a caregiver? Need support? Come join us every 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month, 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the VNA/ Hospice Office, 1319 William St. (back room). Lead by Dr. Toni Nixon. FREE and open to the public. More info: (732) USCGC INGHAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS--Located at the Truman Waterfront, at the end of Southard Street, the USCGC Ingham, a WWII US Coast Guard Memorial Museum ship is open to the public, Mon-Sat from 10am-4pm for self-guided tours. Welcome guests from around the World! Voted a top tourist attraction in Key West. Morning and afternoon 4 hour shifts are available. Veterans and retired welcome. More info: call Katie at (305) FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS--Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the FL Keys is offering free blood pressure clinics in the following locations: Every second Thurs. of the month in Big Pine Key at the Dallas Mac- Donald Senior Center, 11am 12pm. Every third Tues. of the month in Plantation Key at the Plantation Key Senior Center, 11am 12pm. Every third Monday of the month in Marathon at the Marathon Levitt Senior Centeer, 11:30am 12:30pm. More info: (305) x35 or PET FOOD PANTRY NEEDS HELP--Pet food donation boxes are set up at Albertsons, Pampered Pet, and Fausto s Fleming Street location. Pet food can also be taken directly to St. Mary s Star of the Sea Outreach Mission, where the Pet Food Pantry is housed (5640 McDonald Ave., Stock Island) or to the FKSPCA s shelter at 5230 College Road on Stock Island. To make a monetary contribution, checks can be made payable to the FKSPCA Pet Food Pantry and sent to 5230 College Road, Key West, FL Credit card payments can be made by calling (305) The Pet Food Pantry is open during the normal working hours of The Outreach Mission. Call them at (305) for details. CONTINUED on next page
19 Key West THE NEWSPAPER July 20, 2012 Page 19 the community FROM previous page VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT TROPIC CINEMA All areas of operation. Flexible schedules, free passes, popcorn, and t-shirts. Info: Lori Reid, FILM or VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT KEY WEST TROPICAL FOR- EST & BOTANICAL GARDEN S VISITOR CENTER--Become a greeter and use your talents to help the garden grow. Two 3-hour shifts per day available to do your part to help Key West s original green team. If you can t commit to a regular schedule but are interested in helping as a fill-in, that would also be appreciated. Training provided. More info: (305) GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE-- To find out when the bloodmobile will be at a location near you, call your Community Blood Center at (305) REEF RELIEF--Join Reef Relief for only $15 and get many membership perks in addition to helping helping raise awareness about protecting coral reefs. www. reefrelief.org or (305) WANT TO BE A LIT- ERACY VOLUNTEER? Almost 100 students waiting to be tutored. You do not have to speak another language to be a tutor. Info: Mary at (305) GRANTS AVAILABLE TO WRITERS, MUSICIANS, ACTORS, ARTISTS--Contact the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, (305) BOATING COURSES--The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts boating courses throughout the year. Info: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- -AIDS HELP, INC. needs volunteers to help with transportation, office work, special events, etc. Call (305) VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-- The local unit of the American Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers to provide transportation for cancer patients to treatments and licensed cosmetologists, or hairdressers, to help cancer patients feel good about their appearance while undergoing cancer treatment. Info: (305) x112. LA LECHE LEAGUE Free monthly meeting for pregnant and breastfeeding moms; mother to mother support and current info. Non-denominational, non-profit. Held 4:30-5:30pm on the second Thurs. of each month at the Key West Library, 700 Fleming St. Info: Eva (305) DONATIONS NEEDED AT ST. MARY S STAR OF THE SEA OUTREACH MISSION-- Please deliver any unused food and other basic survival items to the mission location at 5640 Mac- Donald Avenue on Stock Island, Monday through Friday. 10am- 5pm. Info: (305) CITIZENSHIP CLASSES- -Literacy Volunteers offers free Citizenship classes for intermediate English as a Second Language students. Info: (305) Key West T H E N E W S P A P E R Key West The Newspaper is published every Friday, all year 'round, 52 weeks a year. Free distribution weekly: 9,000 News tips and letters to the editor are welcome. Mail: P.O. Box 567, Key West FL Phone: (305) Website: kwtn.com Editor/Publisher Dennis Reeves Cooper, Ph.D. Photography Richard Watherwax Art Director Art Winstanley Columnist Rick Boettger
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