Feb 062015
Affordable Housing Crisis:  Key West's Most Colorful Abandon Ship While Developers Take City For a Ride...

An investigation into Key West’s affordable housing crisis shows the City’s been taken for a ride by some unscrupulous developers. DID YOU LIKE THIS STORY?  SUPPORT THE BLUE PAPER Help us continue to bring you local investigative journalism…  Click on the image to make a donation [NOT tax deductible].

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 »
Feb 062015
Underwriting Key West’s Police Brutality

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D.* Tulane University Emerita…………. The Key West Citizen wrote on January 30—after The Blue Paper had broken this news many hours before—that a $900,000 settlement had been “hammered out” in the Charles Eimers’ wrongful death suit against the City of Key West. Key West’s Police Chief Donie Lee finds the payout a “difficult decision to accept” but understands that the city’s insurer made a “business decision.” Spokeswoman Allison Crean claims that, “No taxpayer dollars are involved in the settlement.” She adds [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:05 am * Featured Story *, Issue #100, MOST POPULAR ONE 22 Responses »
Feb 062015
Fantasy Financing

by JD Adler…… As pressure continues to mount on the Key West City Commission to find a way to reform Fantasy Fest, the details of its operations start to come under greater scrutiny. Included under the looking glass are its marketing decisions, the relationship with The Bahama Village Goombay Festival, and general financing. The Key West Friends of Fantasy Fest have been taking the lead on critiques of the marketing of Fantasy Fest; requesting an approach more focused on creative costuming rather than an “adult [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:00 am Bahama Village, Issue #100, JD Adler, MOST POPULAR TWO 1 Response »
Feb 062015
Cuban Chugs --- Escape to America

by Bill Klipp….. Escape from Cuba Under the cloak of darkness along the northern coast of Cuba small groups of men, women and children climb into their makeshift homemade boat, called Cuban Chugs as friends and family wish them luck and shove them off to sea. Their journey will be dangerous and unpredictable as their crude vessel chugs along trying to make the 90 mile trip across the treacherous Florida Straits. Their hope is first to survive and second to make land in Florida Keys, [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #100, Water World 2 Responses »
Feb 062015
Good Morning Florida Keys with Jenna Stauffer featuring Wesley House Family Services

Wesley House Family Services will present its 32nd Valentine’s Gala on Saturday, February 14th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, on and surrounding the elegant grounds of the historic Curry Mansion Inn, 511 Caroline Street. An annual favorite, the Gala raises money for multiple Wesley House programs that provide crucial support to child welfare and family preservation throughout the Florida Keys. 100% of proceeds from the 2015 event will provide financial assistance for foster families in areas that statutory funding does not provide for. “Thanks to the [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Island Voices, Issue #100 No Responses »
Feb 062015
Shocking Information on Child Sex Trafficking Delivered at February 1 Rally

by Tim Gratz, Program Policy Chair, Keys Coalition….. On Sunday, February 1st Keys Coalition presented an anti-sex trafficking rally to a well-attended and attentive audience at Fifth Street Baptist Church. The rally was hosted by City Commissioner Teri Johnston. Also attending were her fellow Commissioner Tony Yaniz; School Superintendent Dr. Mark Porter; Nicole Rampos, Keys’ aide to Congressman Carlos Curbelo; and Janet Leto, founder and CEO of Samuel’s House. Johnston began by introducing Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Magby, of Trinity Presbyterian Church, President of the Coalition. [continue reading…]

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Feb 062015
Rick Skwiot’s Fail: Too Close to Home

Book Review by Rick Boettger Key West author and Hemingway First Novel Award winner Rick Skwiot’s latest book is set in St. Louis, but it speaks precisely to our local problems. Its protagonist is a cop censured for violence. The politicians are hip-deep in development kickbacks. The public schools are failing. The college instructors are grossly underpaid. And the hero is a bravely idealistic teacher. The plot revolves around the teacher’s disappearance. The censured cop, a half-Latin, half-Black long-time friend of the Mayor is assigned [continue reading…]

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Feb 062015

by Michael Alan I seemed to awaken and found myself near a dark wood. I could not think how I got there. A low growl rumbled from deep in the woods. I backed away as a large ghostly dog-like creature crept toward me. A figure appeared at my side and gave the animal such a look that it slunk back into the trees. My new guide said we must leave this place but, in doing so, we would travel through a city of souls in [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Island Voices, Issue #100 3 Responses »
Feb 062015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, February 5 thru Wednesday, February 11 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Thursday Historic Seaport District Art Walk, 5 PM Exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops in the Historic Seaport/Caroline Street area. Christine Cordone & Michael Norviel Opening, 5:30 PM Art@830 Gallery, 830 Caroline St. 305-295-9595. art830.com Watercolors by Christine Cordone and Oils by Michael Norviel. Stainless: One Chaotic Mind/Una Mente Caotica Opening, 6 PM The Studios of Key West, [continue reading…]

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Feb 062015
New Ambulances Arrive

Three shiny new red Horton ambulances were delivered to the Key West Fire Department on Friday, keeping the Department right on schedule in its move toward providing in-house emergency medical services beginning April 1. Their arrival is part of an historic transition in the 140 year history of the Department. Much of the nation has already integrated its fire and EMS. With the deployment of these new vehicles in April, the KWFD will enter the ranks of efficient effective cities nationwide. The move is a [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #100, News No Responses »
Feb 062015
Vicki Roush ~ Singing Liberally!

  Key West’s favorite Diva by the Sea and Diva of the Vineyards, Vicki Roush brings her new boisterous one-woman show, Vicki Roush – Singing Liberally!, to the Tennessee Williams Cabaret with a liberal dose of Broadway show-stoppers, torch, standards, pop, and her own brand of sometimes risqué comedy. Monday and Tuesday, February 23 and 24, at 8:00 o’clock p.m., Roush entertains with the help of guest-star Gerri Louise, guaranteed to bring down the house with her own brand of rip-roaring hilarity. Musical director and [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #100, Music No Responses »
Feb 062015
GM Mosquitoes: Florida Keys Mosquito Control District to Hold Educational Presentation

Oxitec GM Mosquitoes The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District will hold an educational presentation on the following topic: “Why FKMCD is considering the Oxitec GM Mosquito.” This will be an educational presentation by Executive Director Michael Doyle around the most common question that FKMCD has received on the proposed GM Mosquito trial. The presentation will be a time to provide information and will not be an open forum for public discussion. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm at [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #100 1 Response »
Feb 062015

FLORIDIANS FOR CLEAN WATER & AMENDMENT 1 RALLY – 2/18 Conservation activists will gather in Tallahassee Where: Historic Capitol Building Front steps (facing Monroe Street) 400 S. Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32399 When: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Who: Amendment 1 (http://floridawaterlandlegacy.org) and Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration Campaign (www.wewantcleanwater.com) activists from every corner of the state. Speakers include: Estus Whitfield (Florida Conservation Coalition), Maggy Hurchalla (Martin County Conservation Alliance), Jim Stevenson (Wakulla Springs Alliance), Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:05 am Issue #100, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 062015
Love Lane Gang! They're Just Plain Fun!!

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present. It’s impossible to keep from smiling amidst their mirthful musical mayhem! The emphasis is on ragtime, swing, and jug band music from the [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:03 am Issue #100, Music No Responses »
Feb 062015
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 get your head boppin’, your toes tappin’, and your feet movin’. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.’s Fish Wagon every Thursday 6 [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #100, Music No Responses »
Feb 052015
Pianist, Michael Brown, to Perform at St. Paul's

“PIANO VISIONARY” MICHAEL BROWN TO PERFORM AT  ST. PAUL’S  ON FEBRUARY 8TH. Solo pianist Michael Brown – declared a “piano visionary” by the New York Times – brings his youthful virtuosity to St. Paul’s Church on Sunday, February 8th, 4:00 pm in a performance presented by Impromptu Classical Concerts. Winner of the Julliard Concerto Competition, Michael Brown has performed with the Julliard Orchestra conducted by Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic’s distinguished Music Director. “I’m extremely excited to be coming to Key West to perform”, [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2015  Posted by at 11:59 am Issue #100, Music, Public Notice, Special Event 1 Response »
Feb 052015
2015 National Mentoring Month

MARATHON, FL, January 30, 2015 – On January 27th the City of Marathon City Council proclaimed the month of January, 2015 National Mentoring Month. Take Stock in Children college success coach Katrina Wiatt and program coordinator Chuck Licis were on hand to accept the proclamation along with several students, mentors, and parents.  Currently, sixty-two volunteer mentors meet each week for at least thirty minutes with their Take Stock in Children scholar attending Marathon Middle High School. “We have a wonderful team of mentors who help [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2015  Posted by at 11:58 am Issue #100, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 052015
Key West Library Fundraiser

FOL Book Sale Saturday  Friends of the Key West Library will sponsor their third book sale of the season on Saturday, February 7, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street. As usual, book lovers will find all types of fiction and non-fiction. Especially abundant this sale are mysteries, children’s books and cookbooks. Most books cost a dollar. All-most new specials are slashed to half price. There are lots of DVDs and CDs. Proceeds go to the [continue reading…]

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Feb 052015
Miracle Baby Benefit for Aurora Phoenix

This Friday, Feb 13th, at 5pm the Bottle Cap hosts a fundraising event for the family of miracle baby Aurora Phoenix. The now 5-month old daughter of local entertainer Rock Solomon and Michele Muse, Aurora has already defied incredible odds. Her story has become an online phenomenon that has inspired candlelight from around the world. Born by emergency surgery over three months premature and weighing less than a pound, Aurora was not expected to survive her first night. TTTS, a rare condition that affects only [continue reading…]

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Feb 052015
Library Friends Lecture at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Cultural historian David Garrard Lowe is the next speaker in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, February 9, 6:00 p.m., at the series’ temporary location, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.   Lowe’s subject for the evening is poet-satirist Dorothy Parker, a key figure in the glamorous New York literary world between World Wars I and II. Parker is especially remembered for her witty writings in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. Lowe himself has written [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2015  Posted by at 11:55 am Issue #100, Public Notice, Uncategorized No Responses »