Weekly News update from KB Independent

December 18, 2023

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The suit, filed in U.S. District Count in Miami, lists 39 properties from Vero Beach to Miami, including large properties like Boca West Master Association, the Williams Island Property Ownersu0026hellip;

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Williamson said having the senior managers witness the vulnerability of the beach in real-time may work to the island’s advantage as it seeks inclusion in the Federal Shore Protection program.

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u003cpu003eThe incumbent operator of u003ca href=u0022https://kbindependent.org/2023/11/22/ire-confusion-as-village-puts-soccer-clubs-contract-up-for-bid/u0022u003eKey Biscayne’s popular youth soccer programu003c/au003e emerged as the frontrunner in a competitive bidding process this week, but the selection  — normally routine — was engulfed in controversy, complete with allegations of physical intimidation and official concern over transparency for a contract worth at least $1.6 million.u003c/pu003eu003cpu003eOne bidder said the process is now tainted. u003c/pu003eu003cpu003eOn Friday, Village Manager Steve Williamson was informed by procurement officials that KB Soccer Inc., run by Marcelo Radice, was recommended by the evaluation committee. Over the coming weeks, he will review the work before presenting a new contract to the Village Council in January or February.u003c/pu003e
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u003cpu003eA Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge ordered Yahoo! to disclose whether it turned over private emails of Dr. Jorge Mendia – a prominent OB-GYN and former council member – to an attorney who claims she was u003ca href=u0022https://kbindependent.org/2023/10/03/key-biscayne-doctor-seeks-protection-order-in-potential-defamation-case/u0022u003edefamed in a letter to the editoru003c/au003e where the word “nefarious” was used.u003c/pu003eu003cpu003eThe Dec. 6 order came as a result of Jennifer Allegra’s court filing to discover the identity of the mysterious “Paul Nichols,” who wrote letters to the editor to the u003cemu003eIslander News.u003c/emu003eu003c/pu003eu003cpu003e“We do not know what Yahoo! turned over to Jennifer Allegra,” said Mendia’s attorney Alejandro Rodriguez on Friday. The Court ordered Yahoo! to provide an affidavit identifying what it produced.”u003c/pu003e
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u003cpu003eA contract aimed at fixing Key Biscayne’s nagging and lagging maintenance issues is in limbo after council members punted on Tuesday, while also engaging in a remarkable public discussion of ongoing union negotiations and whether the Village needed to address stubbornly-high inflation. u003c/pu003eu003cpu003eThe union  issue left one elected official questioning his colleagues’ discretion in discussing a sweetener for outstanding union contracts, because labor discussions typically are reserved for closed-door Council sessions. u003c/pu003eu003cpu003e“We make an offer, they make an offer, we compromise,” said Council Member Ed London. “It’s not a public discussion. Maybe, I’m missing it but as long as I’ve been negotiating union contracts it’s never been.”u003c/pu003e
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u003cpu003eDana Stettin remembers from the time she was little her dad imbued her with his business – and really his life – philosophy.u003c/pu003eu003cpu003e“You work hard and be a loyal person,” she said. “You never tried to take something that’s not yours.”u003c/pu003eu003cpu003eMarc Port died Dec. 1 at the age of 85, leaving an imprint on Key Biscayne like few others that went way beyond establishing Key Pharmacy as an island institution. His health had suffered the last few years. “I think his body just gave up after a while,” Stettin said.u003c/pu003e
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u003cpu003eLate in the evening on Dec. 16, 1773, more than 100 people boarded ships in Boston Harbor. Members of the Sons of Liberty had a plan: stop chests of tea located on the ships Beaver, Dartmouth, and Eleanor from being unloaded – by any means necessary. By the next morning, the harbor had been turned into a teapot, with more than 90,000 pounds of Wuyi, Souchong and Congou teas thrown out of their chests and into the water.u003c/pu003e





IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

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The Republican Party of Florida suspended Chairman Christian Ziegler and demanded his resignation during an emergency meeting Sunday, adding to calls by Gov. Ron DeSantis and other top officials foru0026hellip;

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A blessing offers people a means to increase their trust in God,u0022 the document said. u0022The request for a blessing, thus, expresses and nurtures openness to the transcendence, mercy, andu0026hellip;

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Miami-Dade commissioners decided not to give developers more time to comply with their lease for the Miami Wilds waterpark and hotel project — one more nail in the coffin ofu0026hellip;

INTERNATIONAL

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One of the most controversial articles in the draft said that u0022the law protects the life of the unborn.u0022

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Economy Minister Luis Caputo said in a televised message the Argentine peso will be devalued by 50% to 800 to the U.S. dollar from 400 pesos to the dollar.

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said u0022The era of fossil fuels must end — and it must end with justice and equity.u0022



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