The Blue Paper thanks its many contributors.

Feb 182018
Working Together to Protect Our Children

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee wants to intensify efforts to ensure the safety of children in our schools. He will invite key stakeholders to meet next week to explore ways in which law enforcement and the schools can tighten security to keep tragedy from striking. “We need to double down on what we’re doing,” he said. “We need to look at our capabilities, address the challenges, and implement any changes we can. We need to do all that we can do.” Lee hopes to [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice 3 Responses »
Feb 182018
Hunter Withdraws

“I filed for the Monroe County Commission seat that represents the Lower Keys because I have been involved with county government and Lower Keys community issues for years. Since filing, I’ve realized the time required to serve in office the way we want our commissioners to serve will keep me from fulfilling some of the other goals I have in life. I have decided to withdraw as a candidate early in this campaign season to leave room for other candidates to succeed. I thank my [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Feb 182018
Planned Agenda for Romero Community Meeting - February 20th

What:        Commissioner Romero Community Meeting When:       Tuesday, February 20 Where:      Marriott Beachside Hotel Time:        6:00 PM  Below you will find topics that I plan to cover in our community meeting next week. As with previous meetings, this one is targeted to last 1 hour. I am glad to stay longer and cover more topics for those who are interested. You are welcome to share this note with others – all in the city are welcome. You are encouraged to participate with your questions and suggestions.  Your [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 182018
Key Deer: The Endangered Darlings of the Florida Keys and What We Can Do to Protect Them

Key deer may be tiny in size, but this endangered species is big on the list of well-loved wildlife. If the diminutive deer exclusive to the Florida Keys has somehow eluded you, it’s time to make your way to the third annual Outdoor Fest, set for Saturday, March 10th through Saturday, March 17th and hosted by US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group, Florida Keys Wildlife Society. With a Wildlife Fair at their new Big Pine Key Nature Center and a Run [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 182018
Hurricane Irma Marine Debris Cleanup Begins in Monroe County

Working from a crane anchored on top of a barge on Friday morning, an operator used a knuckleboom loader to remove toppled trees, destroyed fencing, roofing material and even a TV from canal #290 along Avenue I on Big Pine Key. This was the beginning of a 12- to 18-month process to remove hurricane debris from the impacted canals and nearshore waters of the Florida Keys. “Watching this work begin to clean up our precious waters is great to see,” Monroe County Mayor David Rice [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 182018
Upper Keys Residents Forming Solar Co-Op to Go Solar Together, Get a Discount

Neighbors in the Upper Keys have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Upper Keys League of Women Voters, Sierra Club Miami/Monroe County, Burton Memorial United Methodist Church, Florida Keys Brewing Co, Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Upper Keys Business and Professional Women’s Club and Solar United Neighbors are the co-op sponsors. The group is seeking participants and will host an information meeting on Monday, February 26 at Key Largo Public Library at 7PM [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 182018
What We Save: Historic Scrapbooks Featured in Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series with Archivist Breana Sowers

Kick off Women’s History Month with Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series guest Breana Sowers on Thursday, March 1, 6:00pm at Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street. The Monroe County Libraries Archivist presents an exploration of late 19th century scrapbooks created mostly by women, using text, ephemera, and photographs to reflect on why individuals chose to save certain items and what that tells us about our island’s history. Sowers’ presentation showcases scrapbooks from the Monroe County Florida History Department Collection and reveals how they evolved from a rainy-day [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018

  The Author’s Book Fair, presented by Seastory Press, is coming up again on Saturday, February 24th from 10am – 3pm, if you are interested in the work of local authors, please join us at the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street.  For more info go to and see the link in the home page or contact Sheri Lohr directly at Decimos – We Say, the new literary magazine for the Florida Keys has released its third issue and continues to seek submissions from local authors. We are also requesting submissions from [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #256, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 182018
Joy Center in Tavernier Activities for Feb. 21

Come spend the day at the J.O.Y. Center, a free lifelong learning program at the Pearl House of Worship, 161 Pearl Ave., Tavernier.  A collaboration between the Upper Keys Life Enrichment Coalition (UKLEC) and Keys to Peace, the program will offer the following activities on Wednesday, February 21: 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Community Cafe Social Hour – Coffee & baked goodies, Scrabble and Cards 10:00- 11:00 – Mystery Writing: “Crafting the Cliffhanger” with Cathy Bosworth AND    “So You Think You Can’t Draw? Come Be Wrong” [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Downlisting: Don’t Leave Manatees Out in the Cold

Op Ed by Anne Harvey Holbrook, JD, MS Save the Manatee Club……. Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service downgraded the West Indian manatee’s status from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Save the Manatee Club is concerned that downlisting will further slow efforts to secure key habitat protections needed for the species’ longevity in Florida. In order to sustain the progress made toward recovering the manatee, increased reporting of manatee boat strikes and a stronger emphasis on preserving and restoring warm [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #256 No Responses »
Feb 182018
Katona Twins Give Impromptu Concert Performance at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Feb. 25

Hungarian guitar duo Katona Twins will appear in Key West for an Impromptu Concert performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. The concert will be the fourth of the 2018 Impromptu Concert season, which is celebrating the centennial of the late composer Leonard Bernstein, a frequent visitor to Key West. This music act, comprised of Péter and Zoltán Katona, has been described as “the classical world’s best-known guitar duo.” These identical twins were born in Budapest, Hungary, where they [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #256, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Plein Air Painters Historic Sites Show

The Key West Plein Air painters will exhibit their works portraying twelve Key West historic sites at the opening reception in the Oldest House Garden on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5-7pm. Based on the Florida Stories walking tour app created by the Florida Humanites Council, these sites include the Custom House, Clinton Square, Coast Guard Headquarters, Old Custom’s House, Sloppy Joe’s, Fogarty Mansion, Curry Mansion, Porter Mansion, the Oldest House, the Woman’s Club, the Patterson Baldwin House, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. A percentage of the art [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #256, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Tennessee Williams Celebration to Feature Classic Williams’ Film Showings

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration features classic Williams’ film showings along with parties, poetry readings and contests Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates Tennessee Williams, the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon that moved to Key West in 1949 and remained a resident for 34 years, with a series of arts and cultural events, launching February 28 and running through early April. On Wednesday, February 28, Tennessee Williams Exhibit (now Museum) founders Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt will open their Whitehead Street home for a limited-ticket celebration kick-off party with [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Carol Munder is Guest At Friends of the Library Series, Feb. 26

Monday, Feb. 26, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome Carol Munder as guest speaker, in conversation with local photographer Mark Hedden. Ms. Munder’s appearance will be at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. Her discussion begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Carol Munder is a photographer and lithographer who creates hauntingly evocative monochrome images. Munder rolled into Key West in a Volkswagen Microbus in 1978. Her first job was with [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Upper Keys BPW Adult Scholarship Program

THE UPPER KEYS BPW WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO APPLY FOR THE ADULT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM! Twice every year, the Upper Keys BPW (Business & Professional Women) awards a scholarship to adult women wishing to continue or complete their education, including certifications, training classes, or classes and required materials for higher educational degrees. The deadline for our next scholarship is March 15, 2018.  The scholarship(s) will be awarded at our evening networking event on March 21st.  We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the family and [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 182018
Save the Date Opening Reception Feb 19th 5-7pm

Opening Reception February 19, 5-7 PM Jean Pederson Jean will be teaching at The Studios of Key West Wed-Fri Feb, 22-24, Varied Hours Ground Breaking: Water Media with Jean Pederson Thurs & Fri, March 8 & 9, 9 AM – 4 PM Mixed Media with Jean Pederson Opening Reception February 19, 5-7 PM Mariyah Sultan ‘Has define and develope her particular vocabulary of line, form and color’ Gildea Gallery 522 Southard Key West 305-797-6485

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:08 am Art, Issue #256, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Key West NOW Meeting, Feb. 28

The Key West National Organization for Women chapter will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 28.  This meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues.  A social hour follows the meeting.  KWNOW gathers in the fourth Wednesday of every month in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West.  For more information, or to join, email

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 182018
Tennessee Williams Birthday Events to Recall Late Playwright in Key West

Tennessee Williams first visited Key West in 1941, subsequently buying a house where he resided until his death in 1983. Fans of the PulitzerPrize–winning playwright can celebrate his legacy Feb. 28 through April 9 with cultural and creative events on the island he called home. Highlights are to include a March 26 “birthday party” recognizing the 107th anniversary of Williams’ birth, film screenings and play presentations, contests for writers and artists, a poetry reading and curator-led tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum at 513 Truman Ave. During his residence in Key West, [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:03 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club SHOW & SHINE

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE this Sunday,February,18th. Noon to 3pm. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, Ratrods, lowriders, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here. This fun afternoon event is free to all, starts at noon till 3pm . The event continues at the Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key.MM17. Prizes, good food and cold beverages [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
Hotel Stays Extended for Eligible Hurricane Irma Survivors

ORLANDO, Fla. –Florida Hurricane Irma survivors receiving Transitional Sheltering Assistance may receive an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for other places to live. Hotel stays for eligible survivors have been extended from Sunday, Feb. 11 through Saturday, March 10 with a checkout date of Sunday, March 11. An interim review may determine some participants will be ineligible beyond Saturday, Feb. 24. FEMA automatically notifies eligible applicants. Participants must be registered with FEMA and be eligible for disaster assistance. FEMA has extended the TSA program five times [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #255, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 112018
Civil War Reenactor Addresses 650 HOB Students - "African-Americans in the Naval Forces"

Visiting law professor, practicing criminal attorney, historian and Civil War reenactor Bernard Siler addressed some 650 5th-8th grade students at Horace O’Bryant Middle School in Key West on Monday. The lecture, titled “African-Americans in the Naval Forces,” sponsored by Key West Art Historical Society, Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, focused on the experience of thousands of African-Americans who served in the Union Navy during the Civil War. Siler, who has been featured as an expert in documentaries about the military [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
Distracted Driving

by Donald J. Lee Jr., Chief of Police……. Passage of House Bill 33 Can Help Save Lives Yesterday, eight people lost their lives. Eight sons, daughters, mothers and fathers were taken from their families and friends. Today, another eight were killed. Tomorrow, eight more. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eight is the number of people who are killed each day in the U.S. due to distracted driving. Since being appointed Chief of Police for the Key West Police Department more than [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #255, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Feb 112018
Bizarre but True 'Undying Love' to Debut in Key West on Valentine's Day

BUY TICKETS: In 1930s Key West, a man who called himself “Count von Cosel” fell in love with a terminally ill girl named Elena Hoyos. Her death was the start of a bizarre but true love story that unfolds for theater fans in “Undying Love: A Key West Musical,” debuting on Valentine’s Day at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. Both macabre and darkly humorous, the stranger-than-fiction musical saga was written by Key West author and musician Ben Harrison. Harrison previously penned a nonfiction [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #254, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
Coral Shore High School Home to Monroe County Schools 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year

Monroe County School officials are pleased to announce Coral Shores High School Teacher Beth Rosenow as the 2017-2018 District Teacher of the Year. District officials chose Ms. Rosenow out of 11 teachers to represent as the district’s Teacher of the Year nomination for the Florida Department of Education’s state recognition. She has taught for the past 18 years, serving for six, going on seven of those years in Monroe County Schools at Key Largo School and Coral Shores High School. Ms. Rosenow began her teaching career in 1999 [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #255, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 112018
Pucker Up - the Second Flash-Mob “Kiss-In” at the Custom House Museum Happens on Valentine’s Day

Key West Art & Historical Society invites locals and visitors to a flash-mob style, mass Kiss-In event on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, starting at 5:00pm, in front of the 25-foot-tall Seward Johnson ‘Embracing Peace’ sculpture at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The goal is to fill the street in front of the Museum with a crowd of couples emulating Johnson’s sculpture which was inspired by an iconic photo of a sailor and nurse celebrating the end of World War II in Times Square, New [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
Explore “Porter and the Pirates” with Key West Art & Historical Society, Hindu Charters and Cori Convertito, Ph.D.

On Saturday, February 24, maritime historian and Key West Art & Historical Society curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., will lead the second in a series of three historically illuminating 90-minute seafaring excursions presented by The Society in partnership with Hindu Charters. Passengers aboard the beautifully restored 79’ wooden sailing schooner Hindu, which launches from Key West Bight Marina, can enjoy mimosas or non-alcoholic beverages and salt spray as Convertito shares the historic back-story and personal insights on the day’s topic, “Porter and the Pirates.” A member of [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »