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by Naja and Arnaud Girard… “The water would turn green,” says Dr. James Fourqurean. “The effluent coming out of the sewer plant will basically be fertilizer.” Dr. Fourqurean, a marine biology expert, testified last Tuesday about the effects of injecting approximately 1 Million gallons of treated sewage into a shallow well in Safe Harbor on Stock Island. Attorneys for a Stock Island sewer plant and environmental group Last Stand were in Court most of this week fighting over DEP’s intent to issue the controversial shallow [continue reading…]

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Who Owns Wisteria Island, Episode 52

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… Roger Bernstein, the man who claims to own Wisteria Island, decided last week to appeal a Federal Judge’s decision that, if allowed to stand, could very well cost Mr. Bernstein the island. It’s been a bumpy ride for the want-to-be developers of Wisteria, the last desert island in Key West harbor. Their efforts to have it annexed to Key West in 2007 were buried under a landslide after the passing of a grassroots referendum. Among other things, they’ve been exposed [continue reading…]

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GUEST COLUMN: Black in Key West (or anywhere in America)

by Kenneth Sullivan… In this age of tweet, Instagram and sound bites, we have learned to shorten our opinions to a limited number of characters. This means we do not give complete thoughts in our public opinions. I read in the Citizen a comment that inferred that Black Folks are inherently bad people. This is not true. The fact is the police in Key West, and nationwide, target Black Folks; particularly young Black males. That’s why there appears to be more crime in the black community, [continue reading…]

May 012015
Guest Column: Key West Photojournalist in Haiti, Part 1

by Jeane LaRance… I would like to begin this series on my experience as a photojournalist in Haiti by telling you a little about AHDH, Inc., the organization I travel with and how I got involved. After the death of my only son in 2001, my life as I knew it was over. I knew I had to find something different to help me get out of myself, so when a friend, Michael Beauford, called and told me he was going to Haiti on a [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 1:01 am Featured Artist, Issue #112 1 Response »
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The Mythology of Ideology

Following up on last week’s contribution to the Blue Paper I wanted to elaborate on and counter the notion that privatizing publicly funded entities is the panacea for all things governmental. It is not. As I pointed out there is an on-going relentless effort by private/corporate business to sell the idea to the American public that no matter what the pursuit, the free market will always work more efficiently and be more cost effective than any government run enterprise. Again, not true. History and personal [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 1:00 am Alex Symington, Issue #112 2 Responses »
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They Paved Paradise And Put Up A Parking Lot....

by John Donnelly… They paved paradise and put up a parking lot -Joni Mitchell, 1970… The filth and debris strewn along US 1 and in the neighboring communities bordering the highway in Key Largo has reached epidemic proportions. Accompanied with traffic congestion and exacerbated decibel levels from illegally rigged motorcycle tail pipes, the quality of life that we once valued and enjoyed, has been dangerously eroded. Of particular concern are the startling number of vehicular burglaries committed in areas that were once devoid of such activity. [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #112, John Donnelly 2 Responses »
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Go Away, Dr. Strangelove!

By Ray Jason, The Sea Gypsy Philosopher… When I receive emails from anonymous strangers asking me where I am located, my usual response is, “AVENTURA is 30 miles west of Somewhere.” This cautious approach is because my essays have undoubtedly earned me a spot on various governmental “person of interest” lists. After all, one cannot gleefully describe the folks in charge of the modern world as Malignant Overlords, without aggravating them. But my impact is probably so puny that I am less of a nuisance [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Editorial, Issue #112 2 Responses »
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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 commercial property insurance rates. Additional information on FIRM membership and activities can be found at This is a very dynamic Board with active Legislative, Fundraising, and Media/Communications Committees. Responsibilities [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #112, Public Notice No Responses »
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Letter: Audit and Finance Committee to Meet

Editor: I see according to the School District website that the Audit and Finance Committee will resume meeting on May 4, 2015.  Its last gathering was a year ago, May 12, 2014, but who’s counting.  No one appeared interested or concerned about its extended absence, least of all the School District or School Board.   It will be interesting to see if anyone takes note of its revival with two new members.  It will also be noteworthy to see who will provide leadership given the expulsion of the former chairman, [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #112, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
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Key West Student Honored For Outstanding Service

Sydney Hamilton of Key West, a junior at Key West High School, will be presented with an engraved bronze medallion to recognize her selection as a Distinguished Finalist for Florida in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Presentation information: Date: Friday, May 1 Time: 1 p.m. Event: Conch Pride Awards Location: Key West High School, 2100 Flagler Avenue, Key West Contact: Amber Bosco, 305-293-1549 Sydney created “Sydney’s Hope Project,” for which she provides uplifting activities, games and events for children undergoing cancer treatment at [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #112, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
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Jefferson Starship Plays Little Palm

by Bill Klipp… Our visit to Little Palm this time was to partake in Sandbar Sessions for a step back in time to see Jefferson Starship in an intimate setting. With a stage set up on a small spit of sand the outdoor sandy dining area was transformed into a living room like setting with couches and comfortable arm chairs. What could be better than lounging in an overstuffed chair with your feet in the sand as you sip fine wine while listening to some [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #112, Music No Responses »
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What Does Climate Change Have To Do With CSA? What is CSA?

by Vicki Boguszewski… I love my CSA! A CSA is a Community Supported Agriculture program. My CSA supports organic farming in the Redlands Historic Agriculture District of Homestead, Florida. It is called the Bee Heaven Farm CSA. What does it have to do with climate change? Climate Change is the acceleration of the natural processes of the Earth by human activity and impacts the human family in both direct and indirect ways. One of the activities which most strongly influences the rate and subsequent acceleration [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #112, Public Notice 1 Response »
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Regatta Time in Abaco Celebrating its 40th Anniversary with Sailing Competition

Good regattas include fun and fair competition mixed with socializing at pre-race and post-race events. When does a good regatta become great? When it’s in the vacation destination of the Bahamian island chain of the Abacos. Regatta Time in Abaco, or RTIA (July 3 – July 9, 2015) – as its organizers and participants refer to it – uses the tagline “heating things up on the water” and for good reason. To begin with, it’s not a week at all, but four days of exciting [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #112, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
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This week in the Arts- Key West

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, April 30 thru Wednesday, May 6 Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS & EXHIBITIONS Friday The Connections Project III and Then and Now Show Opening Reception, 5:30 PM Historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St. 295-4369.   Upper Duval Art Stroll, 6 PM Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval from United to Truman. Including Fran Decker, Something Different at Frangipani Gallery, Georgina Hosek Pottery at SoDu Gallery, Cocco and Salem, Island [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Art, Issue #112, Music, Special Events No Responses »
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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 [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:05 am Issue #112, Music No Responses »
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Last Artisan Market of the Season, Sunday, May 3rd

Last Key West Artisan Market This Sunday The Key West Artisan Market will be held Sunday, May 3rd from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot, 1111 Eaton St. Local artisans include culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, the Konk Life Local Author’s Nook, a live variety show, beer, wine and art in Garage Mahal, food concessions and a produce market. In addition, MARC house will be selling live Orchids from their plant store, large tote bags, serving trays [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:01 am Issue #112, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »