Connecting the Dots

Update:  The direct connection is between Veliz and Dan Kolhage, former Key West city commissioner  not Danny Kolhage, current Monroe County commissioner.  Diagram to be revised.

There are so many issues that affect the pocketbooks of Keys taxpayers:

  • Over-budget capital projects, especially Cudjoe Regional.
  • A lack of transparency, especially Cudjoe Regional.
  • Unfair funding, especially Key Largo.
  • Unresolved issues that have gone down the “memory hole”, especially the Upper Keys Animal Shelter.
  • Dishonesty from public officials.
  • The issues at the school district.

As I examine these issues, it’s hard not to notice that many of the players are all connected in some way.  I’ve already talked about that in a few of places on the blog.

I started putting together this diagram.  I’ll be revising and adding on as I learn more.  The red arrows indicate possible impropriety, such as a conflict of interest.  Here’s the rundown.

  • FKAA attorney, Robert Feldman, also acted as FKAA board member Bob Dean’s personal attorney.  That’s a no-no.
  • Newly appointed board member Richard Toppino is an officer/employee of at least two family businesses that do a significant amount of work for the FKAA both as contractors and subcontractors.
  • It’s been alleged that former City of Key West commissioner, Dan Kolhage, used his influence to get Greg Veliz hired at the City of Key West.  Veliz, who served time for a felony drug conviction, is now the Assistant City Manager of Key West.
  • School district board member, Bobby Highsmith, dinged current school superintendent, Mark Porter, for not allowing Highsmith’s good buddy, Randy Acevedo to be a volunteer football coach.  Former school superintendent, Randy Acevedo pled guilty to three counts of official misconduct and was removed from office for covering up his wife’s theft of over $400,000 from the school district.

I think the diagram a pretty decent visual aid, but you might wind up cross-eyed!  It’s starting to get a little out-of-hand.  This is a work-in-progress so please stay tuned.

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