Apr 202015
Sheriff Ramsay’s Remarks Political / Rate of Arrest of Blacks Three Times Greater...

by Dr. Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…. Assistant Public Defender Trish Gibson, a 20-year veteran of Key West’s Public Defender’s office, is running for Public Defender. This makes Sheriff Ramsay’s attempt at discrediting her in The Citizen (4/19/2015)–Political. Gibson had the honesty to state cautiously on the ACLU’s “Policing in Paradise” panel (4/13/15) that, in her experience, ‘selective enforcement can be seen by where we are getting our arrests for drugs–Bahama Village.’ Attorney Gibson went on to say, ‘I have never heard someone say [to a [continue reading…]

 April 20, 2015  Posted by at 7:26 pm * Featured Story *, Issue #110 18 Responses »
Apr 172015

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… The Florida Keys Chapter of the ACLU held their annual meeting last Monday at the Harvey Government Center.  A panel of criminal justice experts explored the issues involved in “Policing Paradise.” 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].

Apr 172015
Cudjoe Deep Injection Well Funded But Shallow Well Battle Continues

by JD Adler… March 5, 2015: A team of environmental scientists led by Dr. Briceno of the Florida International University have gathered under blue skies on Cudjoe Key. Their mission: to determine whether the shallow injection wells installed for use in the Cudjoe regional wastewater treatment plant will successfully contain wastewater or whether the ground will prove too porous allowing partially treated sewage to migrate to nearby national marine sanctuary surface waters. By March 19th they would have already found the answer, as described in the report released April 11. “We [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 3:50 am * Featured Story *, Issue #110, JD Adler, Water World 6 Responses »
Apr 172015
3 out of 4 Key Haven Residents Oppose Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

by Michael Welber… By a wide margin, Key Haven residents oppose the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in their neighborhood. At its next board meeting, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, is likely to approve a contract with British company Oxitec, which breeds the mosquitoes. Mosquito Control plans to release the insects this spring if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves. Over the past three months, a team of volunteers personally surveyed 283 households on the peninsula in the lower Keys and found a [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 2:45 am Issue #110, Michael Welber 2 Responses »
Apr 172015
Dump the Pumps Announces Intent to Sue Federal Agencies

by JD Adler… The law firm of Reiner and Reiner, on behalf of Dump the Pumps, has made a public announcement of intent to sue over lack of environmental impact assessment for Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. 60-DAY NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUE VIOLATIONS OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT; THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT; THE MARINE MAMMAL PROTECTION ACT; THE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES ACT; COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT ACT; THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND THE CLEAN AIR ACT; REGARDING MONROE COUNTY AND THE FLORIDA KEYS AQUEDUCT [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 2:40 am Issue #110, JD Adler, Water World No Responses »
Apr 172015
South Florida Plaintiff Group to Attend US Supreme Court Hearings

Set for the morning of April 28th, the historical landmark hearings for Marriage Equality will take place in Washington DC. Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones, accompanied with their PR & legal team, Restivo, Reilly & Vigil Farinas, will depart on 26 April from Ft Lauderdale International Airport. The team, consisting of 25, representing Key West, Monroe County and Florida will be accompanying multiple Florida Marriage Equality plaintiffs also en-route to DC to participate in this historic event. Local Key West citizens Dan Bready and [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 2:35 am Issue #110, Public Notice 1 Response »
Apr 172015
Review of Key West Poet Laureate, Rosalind Brackenbury's, "Bonnard’s Dog"

by Malcolm Willison…  Bonnard’s Dog by Rosalind Brackenbury (Brooklyn, Hanging Loose Press, 2015) Bonnard’s Dog, just out, offers fifty excellent poems by the estimable Key West poet, Rosalind Brackenbury, just about to become the next Key West Poet Laureate. This collection is a riff on the 1917 painting by Henri Bonnard of bathers, bugs, a man sleeping, and his dog in a hot Provencal landscape. Brackenbury’s light, firm, persuasive poetic voice opens up a whole range of such emblematic experiences–people, and places, times and conditions, [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 2:15 am Issue #110, Literature 1 Response »
Apr 172015
Letter: Parking Changes

I awoke this morning eagerly awaiting the scheduled re-striping of our street (800 block of Thomas) to clearly designate the “Residential” spaces.   But as I looked at the markings on the street laying out the new striping, it became apparent that what had been 7 spaces (presently 5 residential, 2 open) in our section of the block were being remarked for only 6 spaces, and in talking with the crew it was revealed that only half of the new spaces would be residential permit parking [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 2:10 am Issue #110, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Apr 172015
Letter to the Editor: Dick

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the computer, there he is, Dick Cheney, blithering on about Obama being “the worst president the country has ever had!” I think it’s safe to say history will prove that statement false. Once again, Dick entertains us with his stunning projection and denial that is a medical textbook case study in projection and denial. The father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud first coined the word “projection” to identify the mental aberration “that thoughts, motivations, desires, [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 2:05 am Alex Symington, Issue #110, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Apr 172015
Local Association Wants Fishing Guides to Join Forces, Protect Heritage of Sport

The topic of discussion focused on the future protection of wildlife refuges at the Lower Keys Guides Association (LKGA) recent annual meeting and dinner. Held in the Sugarloaf Firehouse meeting room, the fishing guides attending re-elected Capt. Luke Kelly, Capt. Drew Delashmit, Capt. Bob Paulson and new director Capt. Doug Kilpatrick to the board of directors. Then the discussion began, questions were posed and the opinions expressed brought about even more questions. “LKGA invites all local fishing guides to become involved as we prepare to [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 2:00 am Issue #110, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Apr 172015
Electric Car Charging Station Installed at NOAA’s Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s latest move to encourage environment-friendly travel is a new electric car charging station at NOAA’s Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, Florida. The charging station is part of Tesla Motors’ “destination charging” program to make travelling in an electric car more convenient. Owners can charge their plug-in electric vehicles while they tour the Eco-Discovery Center and other local attractions. The center is particularly relevant for electric car owners, as one of the facility’s many environmental exhibits explains the link [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 1:55 am Issue #110, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 172015
Studios of Key West, April News and Events

AIR HEART with MARA NEIMANIS THU-SAT APR 23-25, 8pm From April 23-25 at 8pm, aerialist and TSKW artist-in-residence Mara Neimanis presents Air Heart, a sixty minute solo aerial performance about the life, mystery and final flight of Amelia Earhart. Visually remarkable, the performance takes place on a 12 foot tall spinning metal plane sculpture. It’s theater like you’ve never seen before presented by The Studios of Key West. Air Heart provides a touching glimpse into the life and personality of the pioneering aviatrix. Written and performed by Mara Neimanis, it’s a daring and [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 1:50 am Art, Issue #110, Music, Special Events No Responses »
Apr 172015
The Greens- Key West's Newest Sound

Ready for some high octane new grass and blue grass this weekend? Or maybe some olde-time and new-time jazz with a little gypsy jazz, dueling guitars and country thrown in? Nothing green behind the ears when it comes to Key West’s newest sound, The Greens, with vocalist and musical virtuoso, Gary Mackey, former fiddle player with Dolly Parton’s Nashville band, along with Rob Cook, the popular Duval Street “washboard- tie guy” on percussion, Dillon Scott on banjo and guitar and stand-up bass player, Steve LaPierre. [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 1:45 am Issue #110, Music No Responses »
Apr 172015
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! They will be playing regular gigs at McConnell’s Irish Pub Fridays at 8:30 PM, [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 1:40 am Issue #110, Music No Responses »
Apr 172015
Synagogue Presents Secular Songwriter Debut

For the first time in years, if ever, Congregation B’nai Zion is sponsoring a concert that is not about Jewish klezmer, liturgical, Hebrew or folk music. On Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m. the original songs of congregant Bernie Kaplan will be performed by professionals Eric Haley on vocals accompanied by Michael Robinson on piano. Nancy Hoffman, who performed the nonnative surgery to get the tunes out of Kaplan’s head, where they had survived for up to 50 years, will narrate the concert, explaining the [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 1:35 am Issue #110, Music No Responses »
Apr 172015
Southernmost Car Club Show and Shine, April 19th

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds it’s monthly SHOW & SHINE- CAR SHOW this Sunday, April 19th, Noon to 4pm. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles; if it is cool and on wheels it will be here. This fun evening will be at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50, and cold beverages are available for [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 1:30 am Issue #110, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »