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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 »