Mar 062015
Police Body Cameras: Will Officers Use Them? And When?

Video by Arnaud and Naja Girard… Is it just us or does it look like the officer throws the woman in front of the dashcam as soon as he sees his partner pummeling the man on the ground?   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].

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 4:01 am * Featured Story *, Issue #104 15 Responses »
Mar 062015
Fantasy Financing Part 2

by JD Adler….. March 3, 2015, the City Commission of Key West met for five (5) hours. First on their agenda was a presentation by the Tourist Development Association and the Market Share Company in response to recent public concerns which did not allow any questions or comments to be heard from the public. The Commissioners themselves were able to discuss the topic, though this discussion primarily involved members of the local government, elected or employed, as the presenters were only able to reiterate points [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 2:00 am Issue #104, JD Adler 10 Responses »
Mar 062015
GUEST COLUMN: Two Anniversaries in Black History

by Reverend Dr. Gwendolyn D. Magby…. Since 1976 the United States has recognized February as Black History Month.  Since 1948 February 1st has been recognized as “Freedom Day” because it was on February 1st that President Lincoln signed the joint congressional resolution that authorized the 13th Amendment which ultimately prohibited slavery in the United States, obviously one of the most significant dates in black history in America. (February is also the birthday month of Abraham Lincoln and his friend, the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass.) This [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:55 am Editorial, Issue #104 26 Responses »
Mar 062015
Featured Artist: Perry Frantzman in Cuba

Perry Frantzman is a professional Key West artist who has traveled the world and worked with other acclaimed artists.  Recently he went to Cuba, these images are from that trip.  The description below is from Perry’s  website where you can see more of his work.  Click on any image to see it larger. Forty years ago, Perry was drawn into photography using his 35 mm SLR. He started out with black and white processing his own photos in his parents basement dark room. What started [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:53 am Featured Artist, Issue #104 No Responses »
Mar 062015
Infantile Narcissism

by Alex Symington…. Don’t we each, individually, consider ourselves to be our own person, free in mind and body; autonomous, sentient beings possessing free will and masters of our own destiny? Sure we do and it is mostly the case, but not entirely. In reality we are what Leon Russell dubbed, “a hippie commune bona fide” in the sense we are social animals and our great successes as a species have come about by communal cooperation. Early hunter/gatherer families did ok as far as it [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:50 am Alex Symington, Issue #104 25 Responses »
Mar 062015
The Tragedy of the Ocean

by Rick Boettger… A common small-town practice in olden days was grazing cows in the town common. If every family grazed one cow, there would be enough grass to support all. But if enough people grazed more cows, the pasture would collapse, and no one could graze his cow. It is such a major problem that it has earned the name Tragedy of the Commons. It’s happening right now here in the Keys, with the Key West City Commission voting 4-3 to allow more grazing, [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:46 am Issue #104, Rick Boettger, Water World 6 Responses »
Mar 062015
Tasers and Force Unnecessary in Securing Unwilling Young Buck

by John Donnelly… Please allow me to acknowledge and describe the magnificent manner in which Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies Dave Campbell and Frank Delgado addressed a delicate and threatening situation on Barracuda Boulevard in the Anglers Park Subdivision of Key Largo. At approximately 4 PM, I observed a muscular young man behaving erratically along US 1. Bare-chested and shoeless, it appeared that his menacing and unusual conduct  might cost him his life; or be the cause of a fatal vehicular accident, as vehicles were abruptly diverting [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:40 am Issue #104, John Donnelly 14 Responses »
Mar 062015
Reward Offered On Pelican Slasher

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida (FWFF) wants to say thank you to Mila de Mier of Key West Florida. This single mother of three boys, business woman, and conservation activist has a big heart and she has put her money where her heart is. After another rash of pelican slashing, where someone is cutting the pouches of pelicans and leaving them to die of dehydration and starvation Mila stepped forward and offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:35 am Issue #104, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Mar 062015
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Assoc. Blasts Gambling Bill

(Tallahassee, Fla.) – Tourism and hospitality leaders of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association came out strongly against late filed legislation to allow the expansion of gambling in the Sunshine State.  House Bill 1233 by Rep. Dana Young (R-Tampa), filed on the eve of Florida’s Legislative Session, seeks to provide licenses for destination resorts under a new Department of Gaming Control. “We will continue to fight this legislation, along with any other measure that seeks to expand gambling under the false pretense that it will [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:30 am Issue #104, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 062015
J.B. Stayton Given Award for Emergency Response

The City Commission, along with a packed chamber, gave a long and solemn standing ovation last night to Key West Transit driver J.B. Stayton for his professionalism and safety. Stayton was awarded a commendation for his role in keeping his passengers safe and for rendering a quick response in the face of a horrific accident on February 25th on the 7-Mile Bridge. Stayton was driving the Lower Keys Shuttle south on the bridge in a rare and heavy fog when a fatal accident occurred just [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:25 am Issue #104, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 062015
Everglades Director Wins International Award

Ramsar Convention announces the winners of the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards 2015 By Eve Fry February 2015 Gland, Switzerland, The Ramsar Convention, today announced the winners of the 2015 Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards. The awards honour the work of governments, organisations and individuals in promoting the wise use, protection, conservation and regeneration of the world’s wetlands. The Ramsar Convention is the world’s oldest environmental convention signed in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran. It is an intergovernmental treaty (168 countries) that provides the framework for national action [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:20 am Issue #104, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 062015
Make 7-Mile Bridge Safety A Priority

Dear Blue Paper – It’s time to make some serious changes regarding the 7 Mile bridge. I never cross the bridge that I don’t worry about making it safely to the other side. I have seen too many absolutely crazy, insane drivers on the bridge over 30 or more years. As a law abiding driver, it is frightening to be on that bridge. There is NOWHERE to go if suddenly some lunatic in a hurry, or some tanked up drunk who has been partying in [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #104, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 062015
Disgrace in DC

Dear Naja, Just before midnight March 3rd, I came upon a Photo on my Facebook page which said in bold print: “CONGRESS IS LIKE 2 DRUNKS ARGUING THE BAR BILL ON THE TITANIC.”  The sponsor of this site is a college group called YALiberty site located at Since I liked the message which was headed: “Errrrrmmm, Yup”, so, I decided to “share” it with my Friends.  Further, I gave it my own bold headline: “KEEP PUSHING THIS REALITY.   SAY SO IN A LETTER TO [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:15 am Issue #104, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 062015
Yaniz Holds District IV Public Meeting

Key West City Commissioner Tony Yaniz is holding a town hall meeting starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12th at the Key West Fire Station #3 at the corner of Kennedy Drive and Flagler Ave. The District IV commissioner has invited all City senior staff to attend, and hopes all district residents attend.   “The purpose of this gathering,” said Commissioner Yaniz, “is to continue an outreach program so that the residents of District IV can have yet another avenue to be involved with the [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #104, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 062015
Lopez Holds Public District VI Meeting

Key West Commissioner Clayton Lopez is hosting the monthly District VI community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12th at the Martin Luther King Community Center at 300 Catherine Street.  This month’s discussions will include an update from the Bahama Village Task Force, a presentation by the League of Women Voters, an update on the Truman Waterfront and a discussion by the Key West Police Department of the importance of calling 911. These monthly community meetings are part of the Key West Police Department’s community policing [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #104, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 062015
Weekley Holding Public District 1 Meeting

Key West City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley is convening a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. on March 11th at the Key West Bight Ferry Terminal, 100 Grinnell Street. He is inviting all of his District I constituency to come for an update on the upcoming improvements for the Caroline Street Corridor.  

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #104, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 052015
Free Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day, Saturday

The City of Key West and Waste Management want to remind the community that Saturday is the monthly free hazardous waste and e-waste drop off for Key West residents. Everything from old paint to pesticides can be dropped off free of charge at Indigenous Park on Saturday, March 7th from 8 a.m. until noon.   This Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day provides a safe and environmentally sound way to get rid of hard-to-dispose-of items. The items that will be accepted are: paint, stains, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers, [continue reading…]

 March 5, 2015  Posted by at 11:59 pm Issue #104, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 052015
Howl at the Moon and Stars this Sunday

The Key West Art & Historical Society shines the spotlight on its members Sunday, March 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm with a “March Madness n’ Merrymaking, Howl at the Moon & Stars” celebration at Key West’s iconic Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters. Dedicated to honoring those who help support the organization through membership, volunteering and philanthropy, the party at 938 Whitehead Street is free for members with a charge of $10 for non-members – but non-members can become members on the spot. There will be great food, [continue reading…]

Mar 052015
Friends of the Key West Library Book Sale, March 7

FOL Book Sale Saturday Friends of the Key West Library will sponsor their fourth book sale of the season on Saturday, March 7, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street. Lots of new books have arrived since the last sale. Especially abundant are children’s and young adult books, cookbooks and large print books, plus books on gardens, hobbies, pets, nature and geography. Novels, especially mysteries, and DVDs are still plentiful. Most books cost a dollar. All-most [continue reading…]

 March 5, 2015  Posted by at 11:45 pm Issue #104, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 052015
Same Sex Wedding Expo, March 11

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Same-sex couples planning to marry in Key West or the Florida Keys can find information about everything from historic locations to caterers at the Gay Key West Same-Sex Wedding Expo scheduled Wednesday, March 11. Believed to be the first event of its kind since marriage equality became official in Florida Jan. 6, 2015, the evening expo is to feature approximately 40 displays showcasing wedding services in the Keys. The gathering is to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the grand ballroom [continue reading…]

 March 5, 2015  Posted by at 11:40 pm Issue #104, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 052015
Keys Council of the Arts Calendar March 5-11, 2015

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, March 5th thru Wednesday, March 11th Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS THURSDAY Historic Seaport District Art Walk, 5 PM 295-9595. Exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops in the Historic Seaport/Caroline Street area. Local artists displaying their work and local merchants will be staying open late in participation. FRIDAY Upper Duval Art Stroll, 6 PM Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval from United to Truman. Including Susann [continue reading…]

Mar 052015
Library Lecture Series: Mark Childress

Library Friends Lecture at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Novelist Mark Childress is next speaker in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, March 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. Childress will read selections from his works while sharing life-experiences that accompanied his writing. Among his seven novels, mostly set in the South, is “Crazy Alabama” (1993). Described as both comic and tragic, this novel was a New York Times notable [continue reading…]

 March 5, 2015  Posted by at 11:30 pm Issue #104, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »