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Eimers Case: Accusations of Perjury and Destruction of Evidence Could Land Default Judgment In Favor of Eimers Family

by Naja and Arnaud Girard [SEE VIDEO DEPOSITIONS BELOW] Attorneys in the federal wrongful death case filed by the Eimers family against KWPD officers and the City of Key West were heard for the first time before Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman on Plaintiffs’ Motion For Sanctions. In their motion the family accuses Defendants of perjury and destruction of evidence. The City filed a 24-page response to try to curb the damage done by an unexpected video that appears to contradict sworn statements made…

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Mortgage Fraud Investigation of FDLE Agent Kathy Smith Ongoing

by Naja and Aranud Girard The home that landed FDLE Agent Kathy Smith in the center of a mortgage fraud investigation is now being foreclosed on. We learned this week that on December 15, 2014, Capital One N.A. filed a foreclosure action against the home on 1 Emerald Drive in Big Coppitt. According to a local financial analyst [who asked to remain anonymous] any potential charges that may be filed against Agent Smith could become more serious if the lender ends up suffering…

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F.E.B. Corporation Argues Against Offshore Island Moratorium / BOCC Remains Steadfast

Attorney Barton Smith, clarified his relationship with Roger Bernstien’s F.E.B. Corporation on Wednesday.  On behalf of the would-be developer of Wisteria Island, Smith attempted to convince the Board of County Commissioners to change their minds about establishing a moratorium on new offshore island development. The Commission, in a unanimous decision, moved forward with steps to enact the moratorium despite Smith’s arguments that the moratorium was not needed. See related articles:   David Wolkowski:  “God Wasn’t On Duty One Day” Last Minute…

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Grinder Pumps Opposition Gets Hearing

by Rick Boettger The organization Dump the Pumps finally got a court hearing in its suit to halt the installation of grinder pumps up the Keys. Judge Wayne Miller heard arguments from Dump the Pumps on one side and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, in charge of installing the pumps, and the Department of Environmental Protection on the other. Judge Miller explained the long delay Dump the Pumps had in getting a hearing as due in part to three of…

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Cannabis Freedom Riders Arrive in Key West

by JD Adler Cannabis Freedom Riders, USA On a cool, cloudy, January 16, I caught up with the Cannabis Freedom Riders, USA as they pulled into Boyd’s Camp Ground on Stock Island. This was not their first ride across Florida, or even America for that matter. They’ve crossed 24 states since 2006 promoting their mission, some multiple times; including Florida in support of the referendum on Amendment 2 in 2014. After the long bicycle ride from Tallahassee; Kenneth and Shirley Locke,…

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I’M FINALLY AFRAID

by Jerome Grapel Over the last ¼ century or so, what seems to have taken residence at the core of the American narrative is fear. We are all supposed to be afraid of so many things — Arabs, North Koreans, Moslems, hackers, terrorists and mischief makers of various stripes all hell bent on bringing down the virgin purity of the drive-thru life style. Ergo, since our nation is the undisputed leader in the Disneyland happiness the rest of the world…

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THE CONCH SHOW, JANUARY 27TH 9 PM

COME SHARE A GOOD TIME WITH FANS OF THE BLUE PAPER… THE CONCH SHOW… A monthly, open talent show with prizes and drink specials at Turtle Kraals. Loosely based on the 1970s TV show, “The Gong Show”. Proceeds support Key West the Newspaper.  

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Get Me A Tissue…

by John Donnelly A pampered society, which rebukes the notion that character building, spiritual growth, self-esteem and gratitude are developed and advanced through one’s personal struggles, has set out to insulate our children and citizenry from the normal patterns of growth acquired via facing and mastering difficult situations. The ‘nanny state’ has conditioning the populace to rely upon someone or something else to do their thinking and take care of them, thus promoting weak minds and a deadened spirit. For…

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COMMISSIONER CARRUTHERS HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING [RESCHEDULED FOR FEB 5TH]

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers (District 3) has rescheduled her Town Hall Meeting in order to accommodate the Key West City Commission’s Special Meeting. Carruthers’ Town Hall Meeting is now scheduled for Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Harvey Government Center located in the Historic Truman School at 1200 Truman Avenue, Key West. More information regarding the rescheduled Town Hall meeting will be forwarded next week. If more than one member of any local government…

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Library Friends Lecture at Key West Theater

Alison Lurie, prize winning author and scholar, is the second speaker in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, January 26, 6:00 p.m., at the series’ temporary location, Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Lurie will discuss and show slides that illustrate her newest work, The Language of Houses, a book that explores the psychological significance of the houses in which we live, as well as the public buildings in which our…

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Skippy Strikes Again

by Michael Alan As those of you who are familiar with the adventures of Skippy the car will remember, Skippy shut himself down and refused to budge on a dark and stormy Christmas Eve. Neither threats nor promises were effective, so we called in the professionals and had Skippy physically removed from the Florida Keys to Miami for some re-programming and cognitive therapy. Shortly after the smoke from the New Year’s fireworks wafted out to sea, we received word from…

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Action Jammie

by Ronnnie Sands They stole my Action Jammie (my state-of-the-art yellow Diamondback mountain bike) from my porch during the night. I had christened it Action Jammie on the day I purchased it two years ago from Island Bicycles. I wept openly in my wife’s Cheryl’s arms. She began to cry also when I told her I would have to use her bike (a relic from the Wizard of Oz; the only things missing were Margaret Hamilton, a picnic basket, and…

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Why the $50,000 Payoff?

Editor: School Board Chairman John Dick is telling anyone who will listen that the recent audit of the HOB construction project absolves Coastal Construction Co., Inc. of any wrongdoing, that in effect it is a clean audit that will please everyone. Of course, since the results of the audit have not been made public, there is no way to determine the accuracy or inaccuracy of Dick’s statements regarding the innocence of the contractor. You will pardon me if I am…

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Slow Descent Into Mindless Adoration…

Happy Martin Luther King Day! The biggest grossing film of all time over the MLK four day weekend was “American Sniper” grossing 105.3 million dollars, beating out the previous title holder, “Avatar”. Almost fifty years after MLK was murdered, our heroes have morphed from MLK to Chris Kyle and Hollywood is no longer making “Platoons” and “Full Metal Jackets”, but “Lone Survivors” and “American Snipers”. Seth Rogen drew a parallel between the American sniper, Kyle, and the hero worship of…

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A Message from Interstellar Transmissions Band

Citizens of Key West, We, the humble gypsies of Interstellar Transmissions, would like to express our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of Love and support that we have received from all of you, since the moment that we arrived in your laid-back Island community. While we had come to Key West for the weather, it is in the kindness of the people where we truly find warmth. Our project has gone through many incarnations, bested countless challenges, watched the sunrise…

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Last Stand Annual Meeting: Sea Level Rise – Impacts on You and Your Community

Last Stand’s annual meeting will feature a lively forum about sustainability and climate initiatives for the Lower Keys, emphasizing impacts of sea-level rise. The event is slated for Friday, January 30th, 6:30 pm, at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, at the foot of Southard Street in Key West. Last Stand members are encouraged to attend, and the public is invited. Attendees will learn which Lower Keys areas will be affected by sea-level rise and about natural coastal defenses to help…

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FIRM Expresses Support for Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty

In response to recent word that Gov. Rick Scott may be making a move to oust Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty, Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe [FIRM] made this statement: “Key West, Florida – January 21, 2015 – Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) has expressed its strong support for Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin M. McCarty. In a January 16, 2015 letter to Governor Rick Scott, FIRM President Mel Montagne said that Commissioner McCarty has been instrumental in beginning the…

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, January 22 thru Wednesday, January 28 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Thursday Grace Grand Opening Reception, 6 PM 600 Frances St. Fine jewelry and artifacts. Saturday & Sunday Key West Craft Show, 10 AM Whitehead Street, between Greene & Caroline Streets. 294-1241. keywestartcenter.com Monday John Whitney & Jane Washburn Opening Reception, 5:30 PM Gingerbread Square Gallery, 1207…

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United Way Grant Applications for 2015-16 Now Available

Applications are now available for grants United Way of the Florida Keys will distribute in 2015-16. In 2014-15, United Way distributed a total of $145,000 in grants to 13 Keys nonprofits. United Way’s mission is to support programs that meet a critical need for working families in Monroe County. To be eligible for a 2015-16 grant, a Keys nonprofit agency must provide an unduplicated service in one of two community impact areas—“Access to nutritious food for people in critical need,”…

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ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET RETURNS TO KEY WEST

“We loved playing for you all last year. It was a very special event.” Fred Lifsitz, violin player with the San Francisco-based Alexander String Quartet, is describing the ensemble’s Impromptu Classical Concert experience during their February, 2014 appearance at Key West’s San Carlos Institute. Good news for Keys audiences: the Quartet is returning in 2015 to perform an all-Beethoven program at St. Paul’s Church on Sunday, February 1st, 4:00 p.m. Their performance is a replacement for the 2015 series first…

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Paul Cotton Back From His Band Poco’s Induction Into Colorado Music Hall of Fame

PAUL COTTON returns home to perform all his written hits, with a few tribute songs to Poco and their founders the Buffalo Springfield. Don’t miss this renowned Gold & Platinmum recording artist and his legendary local band – right here in Key West! Schooner Wharf Historic Seaport Jan. 23/24 730ish -1130pm

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Love Lane Gang! They’re Just Plain Fun!!

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present. It’s impossible to keep from smiling amidst their mirthful musical mayhem! The emphasis is on ragtime, swing, and…

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Southernmost Magnolia Playing at B.O.’s and Sunset Lounge…

Southernmost Magnolia, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of Cajun, country, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixtures Steve Gibson on mandolin and Cindy Jefferson on bass,and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your head boppin’, your toes tappin’, and your feet movin’. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.’s…

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The Greens Tonight & All Week long!!! Civil War Jazz and Blue Grass NEW GROUP in Town

Nothing green behind the ears when it comes to Key West’s newest band, The Greens. Each member brings a fresh country sound of Civil War Jazz and jam to the lower Keys. Steve LaPierre… the popular Key West street painter, burly stand-up bass player and cofounder of the Love Lane Gang, just back from Nashville recording sessions began talking with Key West banjo player, bar none, Jason Shore awhile back. “We wanted to bring a new thing to Key West,…