Tuesday, May 26, 2020


A little rain gave Duval Street a fresh clean look helped along by the repaving job undertaken during lock down. 
Massive amounts of public works have been continuing in the Keys to try to take advantage of the absence of tourists.
Naturally there have been complaints the city should spend the money on coronavirus relief, though anyone who knows municipal funding rules knows monies budgeted for certain types of projects if not specific work have to be spent on those projects and cannot legally be diverted. 
The counter argument then arises that government is slow to respond and too rigid and all that stuff whereas when I was younger we took it for granted that government spending required planning, public comment and transparency. In my old age I find my previously commonplace beliefs about governance to be quaint out of date and old fashioned. I rather like becoming an old curmudgeon. "In my day..."
Everything is a source of negative comment in the world in which I live. La Concha hotel on Duval, the tallest building in the city is said to be ugly. I find it endlessly photogenic perhaps because I am not surrounded by tall architecture and lack variety in my skyscraper life.
I wasn't sure why he was looking at me like that but he didn't shy away when I pointed the camera  at him so...
I did get part of Memorial weekend  rain-free but the week ahead is rather spoiled by the knowledge of three things. June 1st the Keys re-open to tourists. Dade County confirmed coronavirus cases are increasing in number, by a large factor. Social distancing in Dade has failed signally. The people responsible for the Dade County spread are coming here in large numbers.  Consequently I feel a measure of existential gloom.


The Spectator on why reopening isn't a problem. Color me continuing to be confused.

From the May 26th Citizen:

During the early staging of the impending reopening, Keys lodging will be limited to 50% of standard occupancy, in accordance with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recent executive order.
Local leaders will examine the situation later in June to make determinations regarding the relaxing of occupancy restrictions.
Statewide, the number of reported cases surpassed the 50,000 mark over the holiday weekend, as deaths from the novel coronavirus rose to above 2,000.
The three most-active areas in the state continue to be Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, according to the state health department.