Blue Paper Editor

Naja Girard

Sep 112015
Harry Bethel, In Response to 'Why Did They Lie' [Sept 4th Issue]

Following publication last week of the article, Why did They Lie, about the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority [FKAA], we received a call from former City Commissioner Harry Bethel.  Mr. Bethel had been head of Customer Service at FKAA for many years after retiring from a similar position at Keys Energy Services.  Mr Bethel indicated that contrary to [more…]

Aug 282015
Sunday Donavon Frankenreiter Key West Concert Update - Rain or Shine

Sunday’s scheduled early evening Donavon Frandenreiter concert at Fort East Martello parade grounds in Key West will take place rain or shine. “We’ve got tents to protect the band and their equipment, and more tenting for concert attendee’s,” said Evan Haskell, co-owner of Key West Concerts, who is producing the show in partnership with the [more…]

Jul 132015

From KWPD spokesperson, Alyson Crean: “Key West Police Detectives on Friday night made the first arrest of an Uber driver since city officials warned the illegal drivers about possible arrest. The City issued a final warning to all unlicensed passenger vehicle-for-hire drivers that, beginning July 1st, illegal drivers would risk arrest if they persisted in [more…]

Jun 302015
Uber Fires Back...

This just in from spokesperson, Bill Gibbons, on behalf of Uber in response to KWPD’s announcement today that Uber drivers in Key West that don’t possess a vehicle-for-hire license will be arrested beginning tomorrow, July 1, 2015: “It is unconscionable that the city would seek to limit safe, reliable transportation ahead of one of the deadliest weekends [more…]

Jun 302015
A Message From KWPD to Uber Drivers

“Key West has an ordinance that prohibits independent Uber drivers. Beginning July 1, drivers for Uber/Lyft may find themselves under arrest if they continue to drive passengers without a City vehicle-for-hire license. For several months, the City has attempted to inform the community that it provides only 56 such licenses, all of which have been [more…]

Jun 262015
The Long Poem

by Kirby Congdon…. We have a tradition of the long poem as an historical account in ancient history on through to the contemporary meditative reflection. A cousin of mine, around 1944, could recite Hiawatha (1855) by Longfellow. Few people outside of the schools have even read any long poem today. As a nation we tend [more…]

Jun 122015
Goal Posts

by Alex Symington……. An informal tally of pro and con responses to my essay in last weeks Blue Paper on Bernie Sanders was about 50/50, but the content of the pro and con responses was telling in and of itself. The pro Bernie responses were well written expressions of varying concurrences with the essay and [more…]

May 152015
March Against Monsanto - MARATHON - Saturday 11:00 am

FACEBOOK EVENT WORLDWIDE – On May 23, 2015, hundreds of thousands of concerned individuals will gather across 38 countries and 428 cities to join in peaceful protest against the Monsanto Company as a part of the March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign. This movement seeks to raise awareness to the dangers surrounding Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and cancer-linked herbicide Roundup. The [more…]

May 012015
FIRM [Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe] is Accepting Nominations For Board of Directors and Advisory Team

The Board of Directors of Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) is now accepting nominations of individuals interested in serving on their Board of Directors and Advisory Team. FIRM, a grassroots organization formed in February, 2006 is comprised of homeowners and residents who are united to fight against excessive, discriminatory and unaffordable residential, condominium and [more…]

Feb 272015
An Open Letter to Kathy Reitzel

Kathy: Congratulations! I understand that Thursday, February 26, 2015 will be the 5th anniversary of your suit against the Monroe County School District for wrongful termination. For many, it is a timely reminder of what you did and the importance thereof. For others, it is an opportunity to inform the new and uninitiated about the [more…]

Feb 272015
Southernmost Magnolia!

Southernmost Magnolia, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of Cajun, country, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixtures Steve Gibson on mandolin and Cindy Jefferson on bass,and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to [more…]

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 [more…]

Feb 192015
City  Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony

Mayor Craig Cates wants to invite the community to a groundbreaking ceremony at noon on Tuesday, February 24th at the new City Hall at the historic Glynn Archer School, 1302 White Street. The historic Glynn Archer School was transferred to the City in 2013. Over the past few months, the interior was removed while the [more…]

Feb 192015
SAVE THE DATE: Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Membership Drive and Celebration, March 8th

Sunday, March 8 marks the annual Key West Art & Historical Society’s membership drive & member celebration from 5:30- 7:30 pm. at the Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters—one of three historic sites The Society is steward to. The “Howl at the Moon & Stars” party at the Lighthouse shines light on its current and incoming members [more…]

Feb 192015
Program Focuses On Keys Women In Transition

Lower Keys Professionals Roxanne Fleszar and Dolly Garlo Present Their “Women Money and Power” Workshop For Women Ready To Strengthen Their Financial Mastery And Personal Satisfaction In A New Phase Of Life. Registration has opened for the program entitled “Women Money and Power: Design & Finance A Life You Love” to be held Saturday, March [more…]

Feb 132015
Stop Wastewater Injection Before It's Too Late

We cannot risk the final deathblow to our fragile coastal reef system and fishery with the decision to inject inadequately treated sewage waste into the highly fractured regional karst aquifer system below us. The Florida barrier Reef is the third largest coral barrier reef system in the world expanding 4 miles wide and 170 miles [more…]

Feb 132015
Public is Invited for Coffee and Peek into “After Life” this Tuesday at the Key West Public Library

The Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming Street, welcomes Carol Tedesco, Roberta DePiero and Jane Newhagen, authors of “After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery,” 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 17, for their Café con Libros program. Enjoy coffee and social time leading up to an author discussion at 10 a.m. Betty Darst will [more…]

Feb 132015
Key West Art & Historical Society Highlights “Collections Management” in Next Curator Series Session

Key West Art & Historical Society offers the second of their monthly Curator Series on Wednesday, February 18 from 12:30-1:30 pm at the Custom House Museum on 281 Front Street. The session, led by The Society’s curator Cori Convertito, will focus on “Collections Management,” which will delve into “the complex nature of having a permanent [more…]

Jan 302015

by Jerome Grapel….. (With the trauma of Super Bowl weekend now upon us, I dug back in the ar-chives and found this essay pertaining to the infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction”, which relegated the game itself to the smaller type of after thought in its aftermath.) I feel somewhat ambivalent about the now historical halftime [more…]

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 [more…]