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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…]

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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…]