Monday, July 25, 2005

Stormy Monday -- NOT!

I'm at the Coffee Plantation. It's 10:30 AM. Mick Barnes was just in with half of his office staff (two people) to get morning coffee. Mick has a law practice at 802 Whitehead St., at the corner of Petronia, across from us here. It's real quiet this morning. There are no cruise ships in today. The festivals are over. Mel Fisher has been honored again during Mel Fisher Days on the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the Atocha. A Hemingway look-alike has been chosen for 2005.

Mick has managed some high-profile cases here in Key West. He represented Mel Fisher in Admiralty Court for the right to share in the recovery of the spoils of the wreck of Nuestra Señora de Atocha off the Florida Keys in 1622. He successfully managed Dennis Reeves Cooper's case against the City of Key West through argument and appeal as co-counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union. And, Barnes was counsel for John Murphy in the Duck Tours case in which a jury awarded Murphy $13.5 million from the City.

It goes without saying that Mick is not a particularly popular figure with City officials these days. That may explain why he hasn't been able to get any one to replace the light pole that was broken off by an automobile over a year ago. In its place stands an orange and white barricade. Despite many calls to the City, nothing gets done.

Florida's lobster mini-season runs Wednesday and Thursday. This is when properly licensed divers are permitted to take a catch of spiny lobsters each day, either six or twelve depending on where they are taken. This usually brings a crowd of people down who come for lobsters, fun and frivolity.

It's a very pretty day today. When I left the house at around 10, the temperature was in the mid-80's and not yet humid. It's still only 88º and only forecast to reach 90º as a high for the day.

Now its off to the Post Office to return a Netflix DVD and to check the P.O. Box.

I could be back later today. Or not.

Here's a link to more the Fisher Companies report on salvage operations in 2003. Lots of dense data here.

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