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KONK REACTOR column
[Published in the KONK Life newspaper on September 13, 2012.]
More Reactionary Voices
Once again I return to answering local anonymous “reactionaries” who have commented in our Island Voice column. (You can submit your own comments there by writing to “email@example.com” or by calling 305-453-6804.)
“Can Commissioner Lopez ever see beyond his district? The thought of opposing the assisted living center at the Truman Waterfront because his district will not receive any taxes from its placement there is not only vulgar but just plain stupid.”
This issue is far too complex for such histrionics. One must understand that a key provision of the Navy’s conveyance of the waterfront property to the City is that there must be a component that would provide direct economic benefit to the Bahama Village community. Prior to the collapse of the Bahama Conch Community Land Trust (BCCLT) that provision was to be met by a grand plan to set up a market-place, small businesses, affordable housing and a community square that would be an extension of the Village. The BCCLT’s demise left a hole in the plan that had to be filled. (more…)
KONK REACTOR column
[Published in the KONK Life newspaper on April 26, 2012.]
It’s been a while since I compiled a batch of my reactions to other local reactionaries. This time I can quote the exact words I’m responding to, because the exhortations came into this very paper, in the “Island Voice” column. Off we go…
Now more than ever the community needs help and direction with affordable housing, elderly care and assistance. Whatever will happen with the dedicated 6.6 acres for Truman Waterfront. Has the community lost that, too? (more…)
Key West Reactor column
[Published in Key West The Newspaper on October 7, 2011.]
Resisted Living Facility
Back around the turn of the century, a group of Key West movers and shakers decided that the small assisted care facility on Stock Island – Bayshore Manor – wasn’t cutting it when it came to providing a facility where they’d be willing to “age in place”. And this is true. Bayshore can provide assisted care for less than 20 seniors. Many are subsidized, the waiting list is long. Though it does a good job taking care of those folks, it’s really not the kind of place where upscale Key Westers would want to spend a portion of their twilight years.
So the group got together to discuss what they could do about the situation. (more…)
This is a special case post, just directing you to the
Key West Senior Care blog
That blog is another repository of all of the letters to the editor, editorials, and radio appearances that I undertook during the push by the Florida Keys Assisted Care Coalition (FKACC) to have a portion of the Truman Waterfront assigned to them, during the second half of 2007. The repository is in reverse date order and includes additional editorial content by me that was only posted to that blog.
Follow-up: The blog was discontinued at the end of 2007, however the lease process and RFP handling continued for at least 4 more years. I wrote a new article for the Blue Paper on this topic in 2011 ( HERE ). As of the time of this follow-up, the lease agreement with the selected builder is still being negotiated.
Editorial by David Lybrand
[Published in Key West Citizen's Solares Hill on June 29, 2007.]
Proposal Includes Non-Assisted Upscale Complex
We need an assisted living facility in Key West. The Bayshore Manor facility is very limited at 16 units. Consequently, many of our elderly must look elsewhere (e.g., to the mainland) if no one locally is able to assist them through their twilight years. Virtually nobody in Key West would disagree with this need. It’s a given.
What’s not a given is that the so-called “assisted living” facility being planned for the Truman Waterfront is the best way to meet this need. Yes, it’ll provide more assisted units, but at what cost?
Is it really the only way to accomplish this? (more…)