I am assuming the Fantasy fest Parade last night was a success. Assume because I did not see it.
I stopped watching the parade ten years ago.
Parking always a problem. I got towed two successive years. Cost $250 each time to get my car back.
Parking always many blocks from Duval. A long walk to and back from the parade.
Too many people. The streets jammed with viewers.
Seen one, seen them all.
Normally, the Sunday edition of the Key West Citizen would run pictures of the parade and police estimates as to the size of the crowd. Unfortunately, we no longer have a Sunday edition of the Citizen.
I was able to find some news about the parade in a Miami paper on the internet. However, the news portion only ran up to the beginning of the parade. There were a few photos and a video of portions of the parade itself. Unfortunately, neither could provide a sense of the size of the crowd.
So definitive information not available to share till tomorrow morning.
Another reason for not attending last night was topical storm Phillipe. Phillipe is the 93L storm I mentioned yesterday. Got upgraded to a tropical storm. Pouring rain was expected.
From what I have been able to ascertain, Key West lucked out as it did with Irma. At the last minute, Phillipe shifted and the parade did not get poured on. Merely a few drops.
Some ask why the Parade so soon after Irma. Perhaps it would have been better to adjourn it a month to get Key West in better shape.
Simple, my friends. Money.
A proper reason this year at this time. Key West’s labor force primarily consists of waiters, waitresses, bartenders and kitchen help. They all took a beating because of Irma. Closed for the storm. Most did not reopen right away. Some still not open. Damage too extensive. The workers without income.
Rent became due. Most scraped to meet the rent. Very expensive to rent in Key West. Extremely. some landlords got piggish immediately. Rose their rents $300-700 a month. Levels many would not be able to meet. Many of the waiters, etc. have left Key West since Irma. They simply could no longer afford to live here.
Therein lies the reason Fantasy Fest was pushed. Workers for the hotels, restaurants, and bars were in need of the cash infusion.
Two things have been eating at me the past few days. I did a Facebook live video on one the other day.
The first is Trump and his opioid emergency announcement. Means nothing unless it is funded. Congress has to authorize the money. Congress is not even talking about it.
A typical Trump move. Make a major announcement. Toss the responsibility/next step to Congress. If Congress fails, Trump cannot be blamed.
Keep in mind also we do not have a Secretary of Health, etc. nor a Drug Czar at the present time. Who is going to run the program?
The other involves Puerto Rico and its power grid. Seventy five percent of Puerto Rico is still without electric power. Some six weeks post Irma.
Three hundred million dollars has been appropriated to get work going to restore electricity.
The contract has been given to Whitefish Energy Holdings. The company two years old. Two employees, the principals. Located in Whiteface, Montana.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is from Whiteface, Montana.
Something smalls here. As it should. We have a President and his family who are engaged in business dealings world wide. Refusing transparency. Business as usual.
As the saying goes…..What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
I many times reference a happening as “only in Key West.” I have an only in Mississippi one to share.
A young African-American mother was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in Pearl, Mississippi. Her 4 month old baby was with her.
The police checked identities and found the driver and mother had unanswered misdemeanor warrants pending. They were taken into custody.
The baby’s grandmother arrived within minutes at the scene. The police would not turn the baby over to her. They deemed the baby “abandoned” under the law. the baby became a public charge and was place in a public facility.
The misdemeanor charges were resolved. The mother asked for the return of her child. Judge John Shirley of the Pearl Youth Court said no.
There were pending court costs. Until the court costs were paid, the mother was prohibited any contact with the baby. The baby in the meantime was placed in the custody of the grandmother.
Note, no contact. Even visiting not permitted.
A not for profit got involved. The Solenge MacArthur Justice Center. Went to bat for the mother big time. Publicized what they viewed as a gross miscarriage of justice.
Took 14 months. Mother and child finally reunited. Judge Shirley was forced to resign and the Youth Court was disbanded.
I have a home party to attend at 4. Following which I hope to stop at Kate Miano’s Gardens.
Enjoy your Sunday!