A group of 19 local physicians spearheaded by Dr. Jack Norris has signed a petition asking Oxitec to test their GMO mosquitoes for antibiotic resistance before performing an experimental release in…
No issue is more important than GMO mosquitoes in the upcoming elections for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District. Yet candidates in every district have skirted the issue for months, failing to address GMO mosquitoes in their advertising or public speaking unless prompted by journalists or citizen input.
Our Mosquito Board Election Guide
These unclear positions make it hard for the public, which is overwhelmingly against GMO mosquitoes being released in the Florida Keys, to choose how to vote. We oppose GMO mosquitoes anywhere in the Florida Keys. We’ve tracked all the candidates’ positions since the beginning. Here are our findings and recommendations.
How Mosquito Board Voting Works
In Monroe county, mosquito board positions are county-wide votes, meaning every registered voter gets to vote for every seat regardless of the district in which you live. Some of the candidates were eliminated in the primaries and other board seats, such as Chairman Phil Goodman, are…
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My opponent led the charge to lower this year’s mosquito control tax increase to about 25% from 46% by pushing expenses to after the election. The tax payers will have to pay later with interest, fees etc. and Board members Smith and Shaw argued back. Other mosquito control personnel have called Commissioner Cranney-Gage, Goodman and McDonald the gang of three due to their voting record. She with these other two members of the fiscally irresponsible gang managed to push the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Key West facility into a trailer that the builder of the project stated might not be permitted by the County. It will likely cost another $500,000 dollars in fees and new expenses. They voted to waste the $1,000,000 (their estimate) spent already on architects, fees, etc. When the builder asked what would the commissioners do if the County refused the permits? Commissioner Cranney-Gage proposed spending more money to rent even more space. The only way my opponent could make this tax decrease cost more is to put everything on a credit card and pay minimums for the next few years. Do not be fooled. Mosquito Control is as important to public health as the Heath department! The Gang of three’s voting record shows they care nothing about making the tough choices that protect our citizens. Their mismanagement theme has them claiming victory because the nearly 50% tax increase that they created has half its’ expenses pushed to after the election. How much did this shell game cost us? Millions of added expense in interest and wasted money. They have the nerve to call this fiscal responsibility. Jill CranneyGage we cannot afford what your management style calls success. Check my facts and decide for yourselves, their wasteful policies will have you outraged. The consequences of what was done at the September 14th FKMC Board meeting are likely to worsen future services and add a lot of expense. It is not the mosquito control personnel to blame, it is some of the elected leadership that is responsible.
People often wonder if Key West is a place to raise children. I used to wonder the same until I had one. When I first lived here in 1994 I would have never considered having a family here. Now that I’ve returned and have a child it’s a whole new vision that I have of my new hometown.
Today is the first Food Trucks in Paradise Festival and we hope this becomes an annual event. I’m so excited about this event because from 11-5 today there will be multiple food trucks, other great vendors, great music, and to make it even greater benefit to the community, a percentage of all sales goes to local charities. Hope to see you all there!
I know, I know, I got engaged and then poof I was gone! I moved in with my fiancé, then we bought a new home and now it’s under construction. We traveled to Atlanta during the Summer and during Christmas to visit family. The girls started school full time and we started planning the big day. It may not sound like much but it is. Many of life changes can be difficult to adjust to and believe me, never did I think I would be where I am today and being grateful everyday doesn’t seem like enough. I feel like I’ve been given a great big blessed ball and I’m trying to figure out how to play it. I sit back now and say, what’s next? The world of social media is evolving and many of my local friends are also finding out they too can make a living creating content for businesses. I sit back now and think what is my next big move? How will I evolve and create the life I want? Taking care of our girls is wonderful and I love being home with them after school to do homework and extra curricular activities. But what is it that is going to make me fill fulfilled and be more of a contributor to our family?
Great advice for all!
I’m not quite sure how to begin describe how I see the idea of having kids. If I said it is ‘one of life’s most important events,’ I feel like I would be doing it an injustice. You are literally bringing another living, breathing, human being into the world – and subsequently doing your best over the next 18 years or so to help that individual be able to effectively navigate the society he or she is being brought into.
You are literally creating the next generation of decision makers, world leaders, and hopefully – world changers.
‘Important’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Fortunately, I was born into an amazing family who has been a source of learning and support for me through all of my decisions and life experiences – good and bad.
So, I have thought to myself: What lessons taught to me both by family…
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