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Mar 032017
 
OCEANSIDE MARINA: Bathroom-less Vacation Villas? The Hawk's Cay Inquiry Continues...

by Naja Girard……. Did a county planning manager, developer Pritam Singh, and a Hawk’s Cay HOA manager lie under oath to the Monroe County Planning Commissioners in 2014? They all swore that county records showed there were 12 unbuilt “leftover” hotel units at the Hawks Cay resort on Duck Key. “They are vested rights,” claimed Mr. Singh, who convinced the board to approve a transfer of those 12 hotel units to his new project at Oceanside marina. However, when The Blue Paper discovered that there were over 60 [continue reading…]

Jan 272017
 
Oceanside Marina Update 

by Naja Girard……. Oceanside Marina has now officially opened its 175-room “Ocean’s Edge” resort to tourists from all over the world. But there’s still no satisfactory determination as to the legal status of the operation. Is it a “175-room hotel” created without the 175 transient building allocations (ROGOS) required by law or is it a collection of “attached” condos prohibited from engaging in vacation rentals in that particular zoning district (Mixed Use – MU)?

 January 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am News 3 Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Oceanside Marina: It's Getting Worse...

by Naja Girard……. The cloud over the new Oceanside Marina hotel is getting darker. For months questions have been lingering about the appearance of a luxury 175-room hotel on Stock Island when only 17 hotel building rights (called “transient ROGO’s”) were on file for the project (instead of 175). Well, things just got worse. There is good reason, this week, to question whether 12 of those lone 17 transient (hotel) ROGO’s even existed or whether they were created out of thin air using false documents. It [continue reading…]

Jan 132017
 
Oceanside Marina / Time for an Independent Opinion?

This article was updated on Feb 5, 2017 Editorial by Naja Girard……. For the past several weeks The Blue Paper has been reporting on the controversial new hotel that just opened at Oceanside Marina on Stock Island. “Have you seen this article?” asked Commissioner Heather Carruthers in an email to the Planning Director, Mayte Santamaria, “Are the premises correct? Have we been hoodwinked? Or do they not have all the information? I think this warrants a response.” This week Ms. Santamaria, produced a 22-page document. [continue reading…]

Jan 062017
 
Oceanside Marina Part Two:  The "Condo Wars"

by Naja Girard……. Just as we were wondering whether Pritam Singh’s soon to open “175-room Hotel” on Stock Island was legal, The Blue Paper received an interesting tip. Pritam Singh is suing 7 of his neighbors for alleged unlawful vacation rental use of their condos at Oceanside Marina. He wants them to rent long-term. The $100 million question is whether there is in fact any difference between those old condos (2003) and the new ones recently built by Mr. Singh at that very same marina. [continue reading…]

Dec 302016
 
Oceanside Marina: Bait & Switch

December 30, 2016 by Naja Girard……. He is renowned for his real estate prowess, selling 100-million-dollar hotels in Key West as if they are going out of style: Parrot Key Resort on Roosevelt Boulevard in 2014 sold for $100,000,000 and only 1 year later, in March of 2015, The Marker near Key West Bight sold for $96,250,000). Pritam Singh, dubbed the Donald Trump of the Keys, is now ready to unveil his latest creation: Ocean’s Edge Key West on Stock Island (the old Oceanside Marina). People will say, “It’s [continue reading…]

Feb 242018
 
Why Pay for Anything That's Free?

by Rick Boettger……. Air is free.  Water is almost free. The Blue Paper has been free for 20+ years.  Why do we want you to pay us for it now? So far, only a small percentage of our readers are contributing, so far less than a hundred.  Please, do not stop reading here if you are not among them.  I’m NOT going to guilt-trip or even ask any of you for your money.  I want to ask those who do contribute why they do so, [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:56 am ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #257, News, Rick Boettger 5 Responses »
Jan 202018
 
City's Deregulation of Transient Licenses Will Reduce Residential Housing

OP/ED by Arnaud and Naja Girard…….. Hurricane Irma has left hundreds of people homeless in the Florida Keys. We wanted to know how the local government was handling the housing crisis. Officials seem genuinely concerned. They hold meetings and workshops on workforce housing issues. But clearly the problem predates the storm. Locals believe that, in recent years, too many residential units have been allowed to be transformed into vacation rentals. In this context we were surprised to learn that this week the City Commission voted [continue reading…]

Dec 152017
 
Big Pine & Lower Keys Nautical Expo to Offer Maritime Merchandise Jan. 13-14

BIG PINE KEY, Florida Keys — Attention, water enthusiasts: boats, motors and nautical items galore are to be available at the 14th annual Big Pine & Lower Keys Nautical Expo. A popular annual “pop-up” outfitter of supplies for a wide variety of water activities, the open-air market is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13-14. The bargain-lover’s event typically features merchandise for sailors and boaters, anglers, kayakers, fans of the Florida Keys’ underwater realm and others who enjoy experiencing the island chain’s unique seafaring environment. [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #247, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Update on Hurricane Debris Removal In Unincorporated Monroe County and on US 1

Monroe County’s new debris removal contractor DRC Environmental Services began removing white goods (large appliances) on Nov. 30. Crews currently are working to collect eligible construction and demolition hurricane debris, as well as vegetative hurricane debris in the following areas: Lower Sugarloaf Upper Sugarloaf in Indian Mounds Estate Cudjoe Key on the north side of U.S. 1 in the Cudjoe Ocean Shores Subdivision Cudjoe Key on the south side on Spanish Main Drive and roads off of it Summerland Key on the ocean side near [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am issue #246, News, Public Notice 1 Response »