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May 052017
 
Wisteria Island: Nature's Champions or Schemers?

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Get out of the tent! Joe Sanders had just woken up to deputies yelling orders. As he peers through the slit in his tent his eye suddenly focuses on the barrel of a deputy’s gun 6 inches away and pointed straight at him. Now, according to the federal government, Joe had pitched his tent on public land.

Apr 012016
 
Bernstein Loses Wisteria Island on a Technicality

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. This week FEB Corporation and Roger Bernstein, the wannabe owners/developers of Wisteria Island, have lost their case before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. When most local politicians seemed all too ready to allow real estate moguls to build their posh hotel resort, who would have thought that an old Navy letter penned almost a century ago was going to place the federal government in front of the bulldozer and save the last desert island in Key West harbor? The [continue reading…]

Mar 282016
 
**BREAKING NEWS** WISTERIA ISLAND: BERNSTEIN LOSES HIS APPEAL

Wisteria, the last desert island in Key West harbor, will not be developed any time soon. A three judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a 1951 letter from the U.S. Navy to the State of Florida was more than enough to meet the requirements to establish the U.S. claim of ownership and to start the twelve-year statute of limitation running under the Quiet Title Act. F.E.B. Corporation’s owner, Roger Bernstein, has recently spent considerable time and money lobbying the County [continue reading…]

May 012015
 
Who Owns Wisteria Island, Episode 52

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… Roger Bernstein, the man who claims to own Wisteria Island, decided last week to appeal a Federal Judge’s decision that, if allowed to stand, could very well cost Mr. Bernstein the island. It’s been a bumpy ride for the want-to-be developers of Wisteria, the last desert island in Key West harbor. Their efforts to have it annexed to Key West in 2007 were buried under a landslide after the passing of a grassroots referendum. Among other things, they’ve been exposed [continue reading…]

Feb 192015
 
Anonymous Tip Leads Police To Stash of Stolen Goods on Wisteria Island

Key West Police were back and forth all day Tuesday to Wisteria Island, retrieving tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen goods. With the help of an anonymous tip, Key West Police Detectives recovered stolen fishing gear, electronics, sails, coolers, grills, dive gear and more from the offshore island. The recovered property has been linked to several burglaries – including at least one burglary of an occupied structure – over the past several weeks. Many of the items were stolen from open boats. One [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:28 pm Issue #102, News No Responses »

Who Owns Wisteria Island? Hearing Held On Fate Of Last Desert Island In Key West Harbor

 
Who Owns Wisteria Island?  Hearing Held On Fate Of Last Desert Island In Key West Harbor

Roger Bernstein had his chance last Tuesday to convince a federal judge that his company, FEB Corporation, not the US Government, owns Wisteria Island. “Well, I remember when, as a young man in the Navy stationed in Key West,” said Judge Jose Martinez, “our guys used to go swim out by Wisteria Island. I thought it was ours.” That remark probably caused some serious stomach rumbling in Bernstein’s group of white-haired lawyers. At stake is the fate of the last desert island in Key West [continue reading…]

 July 4, 2014  Posted by at 4:38 am  2 Responses »
Jul 042014
 
Who Owns Wisteria Island?  Hearing Held On Fate Of Last Desert Island In Key West Harbor

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Roger Bernstein had his chance last Tuesday to convince a federal judge that his company, FEB Corporation, not the US Government, owns Wisteria Island. “Well, I remember when, as a young man in the Navy stationed in Key West,” said Judge Jose Martinez, “our guys used to go swim out by Wisteria Island. I thought it was ours.” That remark probably caused some serious stomach rumbling in Bernstein’s group of white-haired lawyers. At stake is the fate of the last desert [continue reading…]

May 212014
 
WISTERIA ISLAND FIRE:  THE BACK STORY

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. “By midnight Monday the flames had gotten bigger and bigger and then the cold front arrived,” says Pascal Beregevoi, “The gusts were really ferocious and all of a sudden smoke, embers, and ashes completely engulfed the boat.”  Pascal, who lives on a boat with her teenage daughter near Wisteria Island, had hoped the cold front was going to bring some rain and extinguish the fire.  Instead, with the strong winds, the fire, which had been growing on Wisteria Island for 24 [continue reading…]

Wisteria Island: The King of Spain and Roger Bernstein

 
Wisteria Island:  The King of Spain and Roger Bernstein

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Finally, some movement in the Wisteria Island lawsuit.  It’s a hundred thousand dollar legal adaptation of I own it No, I own it No, I own it The controversy turns around what has become known as the “Navy’s claim.”  A 2010 attempt to build a large hotel complex, with private homes and a marina on Wisteria Island was shut down after The Blue Paper published a story revealing that Roger Bernstein might not be the true owner of the island.  The [continue reading…]

 May 9, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am  9 Responses »
May 092014
 
Wisteria Island:  The King of Spain and Roger Bernstein

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Finally, some movement in the Wisteria Island lawsuit.  It’s a hundred thousand dollar legal adaptation of I own it No, I own it No, I own it The controversy turns around what has become known as the “Navy’s claim.”  A 2010 attempt to build a large hotel complex, with private homes and a marina on Wisteria Island was shut down after The Blue Paper published a story revealing that Roger Bernstein might not be the true owner of the island.  The [continue reading…]

 May 9, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am Uncategorized No Responses »

WISTERIA ISLAND FIRE: THE BACK STORY

 
WISTERIA ISLAND FIRE:  THE BACK STORY

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. “By midnight Monday the flames had gotten bigger and bigger and then the cold front arrived,” says Pascal Beregevoi, “The gusts were really ferocious and all of a sudden smoke, embers, and ashes completely engulfed the boat.”  Pascal, who lives on a boat with her teenage daughter near Wisteria Island, had hoped the cold front was going to bring some rain and extinguish the fire.  Instead, with the strong winds, the fire, which had been growing on Wisteria Island for [continue reading…]

 March 21, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am  4 Responses »

WISTERIA ISLAND FOR SALE?

 
WISTERIA ISLAND FOR SALE?

A HOAX Turns out the mysterious “For Sale” sign that appeared last week on the beach of Wisteria Island was a hoax.   The Blue Paper spoke with Bob Cardenas, General Manager of Sunset Key Development Corporation.  “We had thrown a pile of old signs away in a dumpster.  When we heard about the sign we went out and took it down immediately.  We had absolutely nothing to do with it.  Someone must have taken it out of our dumpster and put it there as [continue reading…]

 March 7, 2014  Posted by at 3:08 am  No Responses »

A LOOK BACK ON STORIES IN THE NEWS 2006- 2008– WISTERIA ISLAND AND MORE

 
A LOOK BACK ON STORIES IN THE NEWS 2006- 2008-- WISTERIA ISLAND AND MORE

A couple of weeks ago, we looked back on some of the stories of the year during 2000- 2005. This week, let’s re-look at a few more recent stories, starting with 2006. During 2006, beleaguered City Manager Julio Avael was still trying desperately to hold on to the job he had held since 1996. Even before the city elections in 2005, he knew he was in trouble when several of the city commission candidates were promising to dump him if elected. His response to this [continue reading…]

 January 17, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am  No Responses »
Jul 052013
 
Wisteria Island Case:  Judge Denies Government's Motion To Dismiss

NOTE:  THIS STORY WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ON SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2013 AS A ‘BREAKING NEWS’ STORY. Federal Judge Jose Martinez denied the federal government’s Motion to Dismiss F.E.B.’s (Roger Bernstein’s) claim over ownership of Wisteria Island on Friday, June 28th. The question posed publicly for the first time by Key West The Newspaper back in June of 2011 as to just who owns Wisteria Island in Key West harbor remains undecided. “This court finds that at this stage it cannot determine whether it has jurisdiction and [continue reading…]

 July 5, 2013  Posted by at 12:00 am Uncategorized No Responses »

Bernie C. Papy, III Talks About Wisteria Island

 
Bernie C. Papy, III Talks About Wisteria Island

Key West The Newspaper talked with Bernie C. Papy, III, grandson of THE Bernie C. Papy, King of the Keys who 61 years ago purchased Wisteria Island from the State of Florida.   Bernie Papy, Sr. a State Representative for 26 years and a character bigger than life, died in 1964 but has by some incredible twist of fate once again taken center stage here in Key West. According to federal judge Jose Martinez, who presides over the Wisteria ownership dispute, everything could depend on what [continue reading…]

 July 5, 2013  Posted by at 12:00 am  No Responses »

Wisteria Island Case: Judge Denies Government’s Motion To Dismiss

 
Wisteria Island Case:  Judge Denies Government's Motion To Dismiss

NOTE:  THIS STORY WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ON SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2013 AS A ‘BREAKING NEWS’ STORY. Federal Judge Jose Martinez denied the federal government’s Motion to Dismiss F.E.B.’s (Roger Bernstein’s) claim over ownership of Wisteria Island on Friday, June 28th. The question posed publicly for the first time by Key West The Newspaper back in June of 2011 as to just who owns Wisteria Island in Key West harbor remains undecided. “This court finds that at this stage it cannot determine whether it has jurisdiction and [continue reading…]

 July 5, 2013  Posted by at 12:00 am  No Responses »
Jul 052013
 
Bernie C. Papy, III Talks About Wisteria Island

Key West The Newspaper talked with Bernie C. Papy, III, grandson of THE Bernie C. Papy, King of the Keys who 61 years ago purchased Wisteria Island from the State of Florida.   Bernie Papy, Sr. a State Representative for 26 years and a character bigger than life, died in 1964 but has by some incredible twist of fate once again taken center stage here in Key West. According to federal judge Jose Martinez, who presides over the Wisteria ownership dispute, everything could depend on what [continue reading…]

Wisteria Island Ownership Case Update

 
Wisteria Island Ownership Case Update

A federal Judge issued the first Order on the question of Wisteria Island’s ownership last week. Roger Bernstein, President of FEB Corporation wants Judge Jose Martinez to decide who owns the last desert island in Key West harbor, the United States or FEB Corp. But the case might not go that far.   According to the Government, the 12-year statute of limitations for clearing title has long ago run out and the Judge should dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction. Martinez appears puzzled by a sudden [continue reading…]

 May 3, 2013  Posted by at 12:00 am  No Responses »
May 032013
 
Wisteria Island Ownership Case Update

A federal Judge issued the first Order on the question of Wisteria Island’s ownership last week. Roger Bernstein, President of FEB Corporation wants Judge Jose Martinez to decide who owns the last desert island in Key West harbor, the United States or FEB Corp. But the case might not go that far.   According to the Government, the 12-year statute of limitations for clearing title has long ago run out and the Judge should dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction. Martinez appears puzzled by a sudden [continue reading…]

 May 3, 2013  Posted by at 12:00 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Apr 052013
 
Wisteria Island Motion To Dismiss To Be Heard This Week In Miami

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Today the Wisteria Island snafu takes a trip to Miami.  Roger Bernstein, the owner of FEB Corporation, asked a Federal Judge last August to decide who owns the lush desert island just 600 feet northwest of Key West’s Mallory Square, Bernstein or the US government?   The first (and maybe last) hearing in the case is scheduled to be heard Friday, April 5th, 2013, in a Miami federal court. This is the latest unfolding in the attempt to develop the [continue reading…]

WHO OWNS THE LAST DESERT ISLAND IN KEY WEST HARBOR? Wisteria Island Motion To Dismiss To Be Heard This Week In Miami

 
WHO OWNS THE LAST DESERT ISLAND IN KEY WEST HARBOR?  Wisteria Island Motion To Dismiss To Be Heard This Week In Miami

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Today the Wisteria Island snafu takes a trip to Miami.  Roger Bernstein, the owner of FEB Corporation, asked a Federal Judge last August to decide who owns the lush desert island just 600 feet northwest of Key West’s Mallory Square, Bernstein or the US government?   The first (and maybe last) hearing in the case is scheduled to be heard Friday, April 5th, 2013, in a Miami federal court. This is the latest unfolding in the attempt to develop the [continue reading…]

 April 5, 2013  Posted by at 12:00 am  No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
"Devious" Developers Score on Offshore Island Development, 2016

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Remember, the first time you drove down US 1 all the way to Key West? We would like to take you from that glittering vision of hundreds of little green islands suspended over endless turquoise waters and sit you down in the boardroom of the County Commissioners who are in charge of protecting that whole magical expanse called the Florida Keys. Few issues in Monroe County have stirred as much passion and cloak and dagger plots as the development of those [continue reading…]

Jan 232015
 
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 Moratorium Saves Offshore Islands From [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:22 am * Featured Story *, Issue #98, News No Responses »
Jan 162015
 
Last Minute Moratorium Saves Offshore Islands From Deregulation

by Naja and Arnaud Girard The elephant was back in the room during last Wednesday’s County Commission meeting. Its name is Wisteria Island, but everyone pretended they were innocently debating the issue of restrictive development on offshore islands without ever mentioning the $100 Million + aspirations that Roger Bernstein has for the famous desert island in Key West harbor. What had occurred was a remarkable exercise in special interest maneuvering followed closely by counter measures made by opponents. Let us explain. The County has spent over [continue reading…]

Mar 282014
 
Some Burning Questions About Offshore Islands

by Naja and Arnaud Girard Sore throats, red eyes, Old Town storeowners worried about the smell of smoke on their garments, sailboats evacuated… One way or another a lot of people were affected last week by the fire raging on Wisteria Island.  The Key West Fire Department had given up the fight on Monday and the fire continued on, burning through trees for six days.  In the end the flames were extinguished only after a group of volunteers took the matter into their own hands [continue reading…]

SOME BURNING QUESTIONS ABOUT OFFSHORE ISLANDS

 
SOME BURNING QUESTIONS ABOUT OFFSHORE ISLANDS

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Sore throats, red eyes, Old Town storeowners worried about the smell of smoke on their garments, sailboats evacuated… One way or another a lot of people were affected last week by the fire raging on Wisteria Island.  The Key West Fire Department had given up the fight on Monday and the fire continued on, burning through trees for six days.  In the end the flames were extinguished only after a group of volunteers took the matter into their own hands [continue reading…]

 March 28, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am  3 Responses »
Dec 022016
 
MONROE COUNTY'S SECRET ROADMAP TO RE-SEGREGATION

The controversy over Key West’s charter schools rocked the school board during last week’s meeting.  “How do we know this is not going to be another white-flight school?” asked longtime school board member Andy Griffiths about a new charter middle school.  Some fear an exodus of white students toward charter schools will leave the district run public schools with insufficient resources and failing grades. For others, the specter of re-segregation is simply intolerable. The numbers are telling: Key West’s Horace O’Bryant [HOB], the district run public [continue reading…]

Sep 232016
 
Detectives Looking for Missing Woman

A 50 year old woman from Key West has been reported missing by family members. Detectives say they are attempting to locate her. 50 year old Robin Ford was reported missing by her sister on September 10th. Her sister said the last anyone heard from her was on August 27th. Ford was last known to be living on Wisteria Island, in Key West Harbor. She reportedly failed to show up for a court appearance on the 30th of August. The court appearance was regarding a [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 1:01 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 232016
 
Monroe County Removes 16 Derelict Vessels from Public Waters Using FWC Grant

MARATHON – Over the summer, the Monroe County Office of Marine Resources has removed 16 derelict vessels – including a 50-foot cabin cruiser and a 32-foot steel sailboat – from public waters of the Florida Keys using a $99,924 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We are thankful for the FWC grant, which made it possible for Monroe County to remove these abandoned boats,” said Rich Jones, Monroe County’s Marine Resources Administrator. “This effort helps to improve recreational boating access, eliminates navigation [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #185, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 182016
 
PEARY COURT REFERENDUM: Why Did it Fail?

Commentary by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Over 56% of voters said “No” to the purchase of Peary Court in spite of the housing crisis. The $55 Million project to save 157 units rented at $2400/month appeared an uphill battle from the start. “Jimmy [Commissioner Weekley] is saying he prays that Peary Court tenants will not be evicted by the next owner,” says citizen advocate Christine Russel, “I think Jimmy and others who pushed this should pray the mysterious next owner pays at least $55 Million [continue reading…]

Feb 062015
 
Big Development: Out of Control

by Rick Boettger…. In the last 20 years we’ve seen grand promises for the Truman Annex and Sunset Key be dishonored, the Truman Waterfront get lost in the wilderness, and Wisteria Island enmeshed in a dangerous tangle of lawsuits and brutal law enforcement. What have we learned from our errors of oversight in the Nineties and Oughts that can help us do better on the Waterfront and Wisteria? I will be analyzing mainly how the City of Key West controls the development of immensely valuable [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #100, Rick Boettger 2 Responses »
Jan 022015
 
A Look Back: Top Stories in 2014

by Naja and Arnaud Girard Old Man Chapman What became of Old Man Chapman – the one man lighted parade – who goes up and down Duval Street on his musical tricycle? Thousands of people read our story of how Mr. Chapman was seemingly conned out of his family home [the home his father had built with his own hands] and was about to become homeless. Locals organized fundraisers, Key Westers and tourists from as far as Japan sent in their donations. Over $35,000 was [continue reading…]

 January 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am * Featured Story *, Issue #95 No Responses »
Oct 102014
 
David Wolkowsky: "God Wasn't On Duty One Day."

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Last Tuesday the County Commission found itself once again debating development of offshore islands.  Local attorney Barton Smith read into the record, a letter from his client David Wolkowsky, who argued that his island, “Ballast Key,” was a man made island and should escape the restrictions imposed on natural islands [for example they are limited to one house per ten acres]. “I envision the creation on the island of a small campus to be operated by the University’s [of Miami] [continue reading…]

David Wolkowsky: “God Wasn’t On Duty One Day.”

 
David Wolkowsky: "God Wasn't On Duty One Day."

Last Tuesday the County Commission found itself once again debating development of offshore islands.  Local attorney Barton Smith read into the record, a letter from his client David Wolkowsky, who argued that his island, “Ballast Key,” was a man made island and should escape the restrictions imposed on natural islands [for example they are limited to one house per ten acres]. “I envision the creation on the island of a small campus to be operated by the University’s [of Miami] Rosenstiel School.” Mr. Wolkowsky was [continue reading…]

 October 10, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am  23 Responses »
Sep 262014
 
Monroe County's Secret Roadmap To Resegregation

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…… It’s 7:30 am at the bus stop on Truman and Emma.  Eleven-year old Dimitri is about to climb into the morning school bus.  Like him, most of the kids sitting on the bus are African American.  Like them, he has a mere 40% probability of graduating from high school with his classmates; a stark difference from his white brothers, who have an 83% graduation rate [2013 data]. When we interviewed parents in Bahama Village about this disparity their responses raised [continue reading…]

MONROE COUNTY’S SECRET ROADMAP TO RESEGREGATION [with reader comments]

 
MONROE COUNTY'S SECRET ROADMAP TO RESEGREGATION [with reader comments]

September 26, 2014 by Arnaud and Naja Girard…. It’s 7:30 am at the bus stop on Truman and Emma.  Eleven-year old Dimitri is about to climb into the morning school bus.  Like him, most of the kids sitting on the bus are African American.  Like them, he has a mere 40% probability of graduating from high school with his classmates; a stark difference from his white brothers, who have an 83% graduation rate [2013 data]. When we interviewed parents in Bahama Village about this disparity [continue reading…]

 September 26, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am  13 Responses »