Excuse my language, but strong words are called for re the situation I am about to describe.
Business has never been better in Key West. Hotels, etc. and restaurants doing a bag up business. Everything expensive. From food to drinks.
While most business owners are doing well, their employees are not. Bartenders, waiters, waitresses, and other minimum salaried workers, live 4 to a 2 bedroom apartment. Work 3 jobs. Can’t make it otherwise.
Many have left since Irma because they could not afford to remain. Those who did are finding it difficult now even though the economy has recovered. They are leaving. Some businesses are operating with less than full staff. Especially restaurants. There are not enough people remaining who are looking for work.
There is an effort in Tallahassee to put a Constitutional amendment on next year’s ballot. One to increase the minimum wage from $8.46 an hour to $15 an hour. Tipped workers would go to $8.46 an hour.
The raise would be in increments. It would take to 2026 for the $15 an hour to be reached for example.
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is opposed, of course. The Chamber of Commerce has not made up its mind. I assume they will be opposed also.
Even off season is good. There is no off season in Key West any longer.
There is a short column on Feedspot this morning which exemplifies the problem. A minimum wage worker writes he is hungry. He has not eaten in 2 days. Looking for a food pantry. He believes he will not be able to make it in Key West.
Situations such as his are becoming typical.
Business owners should be ashamed. Employees help their employers get rich. Share the wealth!
Visited Dr. Norris yesterday. A follow up to see how I am doing re the pancreas attack I suffered.
My complaints minimal. After 6 weeks, I still have some however.
One is I wobble when I walk. The reason I am falling more often.
My blood pressure was 100/70. Pulse 64.
Thought it is my blood pressure meds. I take many. He cut one back to see if that would help. Something to do with no alcohol meaning less salt in my body requiring water.
We shall see.
My next stop was the Cuban Coffee Queen for a cheese toast and cold Cuban coffee. A relaxing atmosphere to enjoy both in.
Then to Home Depot. To keep my walking exercise I had started the day before going.
The first day, I walked 20 minutes and was tired. Especially when I went outside and the humidity hit me. Intended to walk 25 minutes yesterday. Good luck! I was dead at 15. However continued till I reached 20 minutes.
Then hurried home and to bed for 3 hours. Needed to rest. Shot!
Never made it out last night because of the tiredness. Missed Dueling Bartenders and dinner at La Trattoria.
A haircut today at 1. Lori leaving tomorrow for a 3 week vacation to visit her parents and in-laws. Time spent in Maine and on Long Island.
My blog talk radio show Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou tonight at 9. Join me for a fast moving interesting half hour. I rant and rave about everything bothering me. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.
I was looking for a blog I did about 10 years ago. Never found it. However did come across one I did on January 22, 2010. It involved my granddaughter Lisa.
Lisa was 4 at the time. I was babysitting her. Lisa had to take Robert to Montessori for something.
The pertinent sections of the blog follow.
“I decided to take Ally to a Haitian relief benefit on White Street. We walked. The event was nearby…..sponsored by KONK 1680 AM radio.”
I was doing a one hour radio show at the time for KONK Radio: The Key West Lou Legal Hour.
The party was on White Street in front of the radio station.
“Street blocked off. Singers on a flat bed. Hot dogs, beer, huge cookies, soda and other goodies…..Ally and I walked around. …..bought a large chocolate chip cookie and soda……sat on curb in front of Fausto’s eating and drinking and watching the singers and people…..Ally and I had a good time. She is at an age where she silently takes everything in. She absorbs……The walk home was fun. We were walking Duncan Street. It was dark. The street lights were on. Ally got into shadows. Mine and hers. It was discovery time. She got all excited walking on my shadow…..The beauty and imagination of a 4 year old!”
Ally is 14 years older now. Next month a freshman in high school. A young lady. In a very few years, she will be a woman.
I miss the little girl.
Enjoy your day!