Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Upholding a Tradition

And so it begins again. I met Jack London a couple of times after he left the Monroe County Commission. He came into the store not very long after we began working there, introduced himself, and we spoke for a few minutes. He was interested in getting a deal on a pair of Mephistos. I don't remember him ever actually buying a pair.

I felt a twinge of sorrow for him when I saw the headline in today's Citizen. He seemed like a good guy, friendly, interesting to talk to, and all that. He was Executive Director of the Historic Florida Keys Foundation then and I believe that he still holds that position.

Ah, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Is there and honest public official anywhere? Yes, yes, I know they're out there. I can only hope that the ones running our city and county are among them.

There is a long and dishonorable tradition in the Keys of this sort of official malfeasance, so it certainly doesn't come as a complete surprise to learn that London, as County Commissioner, took money to do what he had been elected to do. The property in Ireland apparently had a special importance in his scheme of life. And it certainly appears that London is only the first to be arrested in this affair. Shall we watch 'em tumble?

HISTORIC FLORIDA KEYS FOUNDATION 292-6718 Email: hfkf@flakeysol.com
510 Greene St. · Key West, FL 33040
Jack London, Executive Director.
The only county-wide non-profit historic preservation organization.
Historic Florida Keys Foundation

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