Thursday, January 19, 2006

Tom Tukey & Truman Annex Continue to Anger Key West Residents

Well, no surprise here. Tom Tukey, the president of TAMPOA (Truman Annex Master Property Owners Assn.), and his wife Joan Tukey, shocked and disgusted me last year when it was reported that they had a neighbors cat and wouldn't return it. It became a battle of wealthy vs. not-wealthy as the Tukey's aimed expensive lawyers at the less fortunate cat owner. A judge finally stepped in and ruled that the Tukeys had to return the cat to it's owner.
I'm amazed that the Tukeys had the balls to continue to show their faces on the island (they are part time residents). I couldn't be less happy with this type of new resident: who moves here and then seems to act as if their wallet gives them the right to whatever they desire. Frankly, money doesn't impress anyone in Key West with real character.
Now their desire has turned to one of Key West's streets. As head of TAMPOA, Tom Tukey has done what he had made veiled threats about at the City Commission meeting: that if he and the rest of his wealthy gated community didn't get their way with Southard Street, they would drag the city into an expensive lawsuit.
Yesterday's local press reported that he did just that and now the city of Key West will have to once again defend itself against the Truman Annex residents.
It seems now the criteria for being a resident of Key West is no longer whether the community made sense to you and if you fit in with island life. It is now simply a case of money: if you've got enough of it, you're in.
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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

you are mean and ignorant. this is a bad combination. you may need professional help.

Cayo Dave said...

No I'm not...you are...Tukey.

Anonymous said...

sir , i am not tukey just an observer and i stand by my judgement. you appear not to be able to control your emotions aside from your poor reasoning

Anonymous said...

the issue of him threatening to "drag" the city into an expensive law suit was in fact forced upon the annex community by the city's abrogation of their agreement passed unanimously by the commission in 2000. don't you believe in the rule of law? if you can't believe what the city in a written agreement promises, how else can you be protected if not by the courts?
athough tukey may be the president of tampoa, the board (seven individuals) makes the decisions for the organisation. it was their decision to hold the city to their agreement as would you if you were in their position.
the prior court decision did not find that the tukeys stole the cat although the court required them to return it. the judge was very specific in this regard. you need to read the findings.
you choose to write in an very inflammatory manner and fail to see any other side than the one you espouse. "it's my opinion and it's very true" appears to summarize your position.

Matt from Maine said...

I know this is an old blog, but i did stumble upon it rather accidentally. I am a Maine resident as I believe the Tukey's are too. After visiting Key West for the first time a year ago, i fell in love with the people, the places, and the views of this lovely place. I must express my feeling that cayo Dave is right on with regard to this situation. We see a lot of this kind of behavior from the over priveledged here in Maine as well (wink, wink) and it is deplorable. Trying to define your status by excluding people based on their monetary value, and or the belief that you are somehow entitled to behave like as ass just because you have the funding to support lawsuits is a troubling part of our society. And just out of curiousity, why didn't the Tukey's simply return the cat without going to court? Seems that this would be a "priveleged" abuse of our court system...hmmmm. I did take a chance to read some from the TAMPOA website, it it would appear to me that the residents of this association need an attitude adjustment. thanks for listening...

Anonymous said...

oh boy

Cayo Dave said...

Again, you are reading a BLOG, a personal opinion.
It is still a free country, with free speach. If I think someone is a dickhead because of his behavior, I can say so. Does that make you a dickhead? That is up to the rest of the public.
As for your threats of a libel lawsuit: maybe you should concentrate on being a good neighbor (and not steal someone's cat), rather than constantly acting like an overzeleous lawyer.
Again, good luck lawyering your way out of hell.

Cayo Dave said...

Anonymous, you are wrong.
Your threats are noted. And if I am the subject to your malicious lawsuit, expect to pay my legal expenses and damages.

Hellotaxi said...

If you TAMPOA people are so certain of the righteousness of your cause, how about posting your pictures and phone numbers, so that the fine people of Key west can contact you directly. If your faces were as familiar as Morgan McPherson's, I would think a trip to Publix would be a real eye opener!

Has anyone even considered that this might have Jimmy Weekly's fingerprints all over it? He was cozy with the TAMPOA board, and he has shown his total lack of scruples in the Duck Tours and Dr. Cooper affairs. This could very well be the opening moves of a contrived brouhaha designed to discredit our Mayor and City Commission.