Sep 112015
FKAA Board Chairman Under Criminal Investigation

by Naja and Arnaud Girard**……. UPDATE:  9/18/2015 Click here for updated article: State Attorney Challenges FKAA Chairman’s Right To Vote In Key West Elections As of Thursday afternoon, the office of the Monroe County State Attorney has begun investigating the Chairman of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority [FKAA] Board of Directors. J Robert Dean (aka Bob Dean), the man who for years has been presiding over a board that commands a $50 million annual operating budget and over $200 Million in Keys central sewer construction contracts, may have [continue reading…]

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 what was stated in the article, he did not “get the push and resign” but rather had made the decision to retire at the end of August 2008, effective January 2, [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #131, News 2 Responses »
Sep 112015
When It Comes to the Sewer Projects, Things Are Bad All Over.

Dear Editor, I am the former General Manager of the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District. I started at the District in 2005 as a project engineer, and I ran the place from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that I worked for an engineering firm designing and building water and sewer facilities. I began my career as a project accountant in the construction industry. I’m a licensed professional engineer in the states of Florida and New Hampshire. I’ve been in the water and sewer business for a [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #131, Letter to the Editor 6 Responses »
Sep 112015
Labor Day

by Alex Symington……. As the annual celebration of the American worker and another Labor Day weekend fades into memory I am compelled to relate a telling moment I experienced during the holiday. I saw a shared meme (photo w/text) posted on Facebook of a cargo plane interior loaded with American flag draped coffins; casualties from an unspecified military conflict, wishing everyone a “Happy Labor Day”. This innocent enough posting implied the forty hour work week, fair wages, the eight hour work day, the end of [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Alex Symington, Issue #131 6 Responses »
Sep 112015
Immigration Revisited

by Jerome Grapel……. (Regardless of everything that has gone down since Donald Trump turned American politics into a pro wrestling show, the one issue that most brought him to prominence is the immigration issue, something he has demagogued right to the top of the Republican primary fandango. In so doing, he has made this essay, written almost a decade ago, quite timely once again.) (5/06) I write this essay just one week after the massive demonstrations by undocumented immigrants in America on May 1st, the [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #131 2 Responses »
Sep 112015
The Case for Universal Legwear

by Kim Pederson……. Truth or mythiction? In mid-18th century England, a group of women decided to replace evenings of card playing and idle chatter with “conversation parties,” inviting illustrious men of letters to discuss literary and intellectual topics with them. One regular guest was scholar-botanist Benjamin Stillingfleet. His hostesses willingly overlooked his cheap blue worsted stockings (a type disdained by the elite) in order to have the benefit of his lively conversation. Those who considered it inappropriate for women to aspire to learning derisively called [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #131, Kim Pederson 3 Responses »
Sep 112015
Back Talk

by Kirby Congdon……. In response to remarks made in The Blue Paper, a reader, Jerome Grapel, points out that cultural freedom in the arts is hard to come by. We are often obliged to compromise our creative instincts in order to pay our bills. Everybody should of course be able to exercise their talents as they want to so that we may control and develop our own lives, or explore and experiment with a calling. Unfortunately, damn it, we also need to eat. This country’s [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #131, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Sep 112015
Outside The Lines: Key West Art & Historical Society Launches New Adult Education Program

Key West Art & Historical Society, one of the county’s oldest non-profits dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the art, architecture, and the history of the Florida Keys, has moved deeper into its mission of enhancing community and cultural engagement through the recent development of its latest initiative, “Outside The Lines.” In studying the ‘next practices’ of art museum education throughout the country, Adele Williams, KWAHS Education Specialist says she is “trying to find what best suits our community’s needs,” identifying exciting new programs that [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Art, Issue #131 No Responses »
Sep 112015
September 11th Memorial

Please join the Key West Fire Department, the Key West Police Department and our City officials at 8:30 Friday morning at the Old Firehouse Museum at the corner of Grinnell and Virginia Streets for this year’s September 11th memorial and blessing of the first responders.

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #131, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 112015
A Framework for Patient Harm

by Robert Goldberg……. A group of doctors has decided to rewrite the Hippocratic Oath. The ancient pledge charges physicians with applying “all measures that are required” to help the sick. The American Society of Clinical Oncology wants to add a caveat — “unless those measures are too expensive. Then let the patient die.” The oncologists’ group has developed a “conceptual framework” that relies on cost-benefit analysis to determine the most “valuable” treatments for different patients. Sounds innocent enough. But healthcare outcomes cannot be reduced to [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #131, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Sep 112015
Biscayne National Park’s General Management Plan Includes Marine Reserve Zones

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — On August 31, 2015, National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. The plan is designed to restore the coral reef ecosystem and improve visitor experiences in the park. “The need for this General Management Plan is clear,” said Stan Austin. “It is based on our mission to preserve and protect resources and provide for the enjoyment of visitors. Biscayne National Park is truly a [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #131, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 112015
DNA Links Suspect to Robbery

The DNA left behind in a mysterious black sweater has solved a second in a string of snatching robberies that occurred last February. On February 24th, a Texas woman was walking on Duval Street when a man wearing a black sweater and riding a bicycle rode past her and snatched her purse from her shoulder. When police responded, they were able to trace the smart phone in her purse to a nearby cross street. They found the phone and her wallet wrapped in a man’s [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #131, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 112015
Final Truman Avenue Paving

Starting Monday, September 14 through Thursday, September 17, Truman Avenue between White Street and Whitehead Street will be completely closed in both directions from 2 p.m. to 4 a.m. to allow for final paving operations. Cross street traffic will only be allowed on Whitehead Street, White Street and Eisenhower Drive. Detours will route traffic on Palm Avenue and White Street going downtown and on Whitehead Street from downtown. However, when the intersections at Whitehead Street or White Street are being paved, traffic will be detoured [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #131, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 112015
KWAHS Exhibit Featuring Local Drag Queens Debuts Friday with Gala Reception at Custom House

“801 Girl” Jeffrey A. Kyle, aka Silver Foxx, is shown “before” and “after” in this photo composite by Susan Guadagno. Kyle is one of the many renowned Key West drag queens to be featured in the new Key West Art & Historical Society exhibit “What a Drag!” which debuts Friday, September 18, with a gala opening reception at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street, Key West. Open to the public from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, suggested donation is $10. KWAHS members enjoy VIP access from [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #131, Special Events No Responses »
Sep 112015
Life Saving Award

Capt. JR Torres recently presented Detective Karl Malsheimer with a Life Saving Award for his quick actions and response that ended up saving a man’s life. On July 1, 2015, Detective Karl Malsheimer was on duty downtown when he heard a woman scream and saw a man on the ground. After an initial assessment, he observed that the victim was unresponsive and no longer breathing. With the assistance of a Good Samaritan, Detective Malsheimer began CPR and called rescue. While CPR was administered, the victim [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #131, Public Notice 1 Response »
Sep 112015
Key West Musicians Festival Coming Up Sept. 19-20

  The local Singing Iguana Productions LLC was established in 2011 for the specific purpose of producing the first Key West Musicians Festival and founders Ken and Laura Floyd and Steve Mellette couldn’t be happier. Coming up on the fifth annual festival, set for Sept. 19-20, 2 p.m. till 9 p.m. both days at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, the company has successfully showcased local musicians and entertained locals during the slow season. Admission is free. Even better, through sales of commemorative CDs and T-shirts the company [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #131, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 112015
Waite Receives Chief's Commendation

Capt. JR Torres last week presented Kenneth JW Waite with a Chief’s Commendation. On June 2, 2015, the Key West Police Department received a report of a robbery. Officer Jeremy Tellier was able to get very a detailed description from a witness. Upon hearing the description, Mr. Waite decided to pull up the live web cam in front of Irish Kevin’s to watch for the suspects. While he was watching the suspects walked in front of the camera and were subsequently arrested. Waite’s quick thinking [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #131, Public Notice 1 Response »
Sep 112015
Florida Keys Rev Up for 43rd Annual Poker Run

Motorcyclists will be island hopping and exploring the Florida Keys during the week of Phil Peterson’s 43rd Annual Key West Poker Run. Besides picking up cards at the five stops along the 113-mile Overseas Highway, participants can enjoy special rates on rooms, meals and adventure tours as they make their way to Key West for the bike show, street fair and winner-take-all poker game. What began as a way to increase business during a usually slow time has turned into a unique motorcycling experience and [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #131, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 112015
Local Zonta Club to Benefit from Dinner at Mangia Mangia

Dine with the Zonta Club of Key West at Mangia Mangia, 900 Southard Street, Key West on Wednesday, September 23rd from 5:30 to 9:00pm to help raise money for the Club’s service projects benefiting our community. That evening 25% of all dining checks, including all beverages and take-out orders, will be donated to the local Zonta Club. Their local service projects include college scholarships for young women attending Key West High and women 30 and over attending Florida Keys Community College, free heart health screenings [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #131, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 112015
Fantasy Fest 2015 King and Queen Candidate Event Schedule - Updated

WWW.AIDSHELP.CC Ongoing Events: Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning September 1 – October 20, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  Help the singer raise the most money for their candidate. All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 30 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates All [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #131, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 112015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, September 10 thru Wednesday, September 16 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Friday Jeane LaRance and Kate Levin, Power of Women Show, 5:30 PM Dog Tired Studio and Gallery 1011 Whitehead St. (corner of 8 Whitehead and Julia) 802-989-5910. DANCE Fridays and Wednesdays Salsa and Salsa Rueda too Dance Class, 7 PM Wednesdays at 8 PM: Nightclub 2 Dance Course. All levels, drop in class, no partner needed. Paradise Health [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Art, Issue #131, Literature, Music, Theater No Responses »
Sep 112015
Italian Mandolin at Salute! On the Beach

And now, ladies and gentlemen, for your dining and dancing pleasure … Salute! On The Beach and Steve Gibson present: Stefano on the mandolino, playing well-known Italian tunes, country dance melodies from the Abruzzo region, and a few surprises from other countries, to enhance your evening out on the town. Enjoy delicious bistro food, a beautiful view of the sea, and delightful music, all at once. This is the best place to start the weekend. Yes, dancing is encouraged – just try not to bump [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #131, Music No Responses »
Sep 112015
Music Program for Babies Moves to New Location

Music Together in the Keys has moved! Fall classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 22, at The Church of Christ, 1700 Von Phister St. Register for the 10-week term at The program offers the same high-quality, fun music education classes for newborns through 4-year-olds and the adults who love them. Music Together is an international program based on cutting-edge child development research. Trained, registered educators teach sophisticated musical concepts under the guise of fun, wiring young brains for overall success. Classes meet weekly. Visit or [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #131, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 112015
Volunteers Needed to Cleanup Little Hamaca Park of Key West

Saturday, September 19, 2015 9:00am – 1:00pm Reef Relief is hosting a cleanup on Saturday, September 19th in honor of International Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers will meet the Reef Relief staff at 9:00am at the entrance to Little Hamaca Park on Government Road, Key West. Look for the Reef Relief sign. Volunteer check-in will start at 9:00am and the cleanup will finish at 1:00pm. Please RSVP to Reef Relief by email at Little Hamaca Park is home to endangered species and the salt ponds, [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #131, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 112015
NOW Meeting Friday Sept. 18

Following up on the very successful Women’s Equality Day celebration Aug. 26, the Key West chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) looks to the future on Friday, Sept. 18 from 5 until 6 p.m. at Shanna Key, corner of Flagler Ave. and Bertha St. The agenda will include possible issues to support during the coming season. Feminist is not a gender-specific word: NOW is open to all women and men who support equality and all supporters are welcome to attend. Membership materials will [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:01 am Issue #131, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 112015
Absolute Auction of Former Bank Branch

Big Pine Key, FL – Auction Management Corporation will conduct an absolute auction of the former bank branch located at 30572 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key, FL on Friday, September 11th at 11:00 am ET. The 1,959 Sq. Ft. masonry building is located on .64 Acre with 150’ of footage on Hwy. US 1. The site has a covered 2 lane drive-thru and 24 parking spaces. The property will sell to the highest bidder, regardless of price. On-Site and webcast bidding available. Auction Management Corporation [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #131, Public Notice No Responses »