Sep 262015

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Board member Cara Higgins challenges Chairman Dean’s eligibility to represent District 3 (Key West) on FKAA board…  Watch The Blue Paper exclusive video… Special thanks to Colby Fisher for all his great work in un-covering this story! 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].

Sep 252015
Tour Companies and City Spar Over Sightseeing Franchise Agreements

Naja and Arnaud Girard……. As the “Conch Train” slows down at the corner of Eaton and Elizabeth, the conductor blows the whistle. The train’s blaring PA system floods the street: “That’s right folks, you just made it to the top. Key West’s highest point, Solaris Hill! 18 Feet above sea level! That’s where you would want to be in a hurricane!” Resident Bob Sanders says he hears that pitch over and over, all day long. There have been many other complaints about sightseeing busses, trolleys, and [continue reading…]

Sep 252015

As many locals and CNN news watchers already know, Key West’s beloved drag queen Sushi is synonymous with a glittering red shoe and the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. The popular queen gets up close and personal with Jenna. “What A Drag” exhibit going on at the Custom House Museum until December!

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Island Voices, Issue #133 No Responses »
Sep 252015
Leadership Sets Law-Enforcement Standards High

  by John Donnelly……. Difficult criminal cases involving marine theft, without any leads, ranging over 112 miles of coastal waterways, adjacent to a crime ridden Miami; might cause a lesser man to relent and look to bury the problem. Not so our Sheriff Rick Ramsay and the gallant men and women of law-enforcement that he consolidated into a ‘task force’, which appears to have smashed and broken a crime wave that has plagued the citizens of Monroe County. The brazenness of these burglaries had been [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #133, John Donnelly 4 Responses »
Sep 252015
Official Fantasy Fest 2015 Artwork Announced

  Poster Signing Party is Tuesday, October 27, at 5 pm Fantasy Fest is pleased to release the artwork chosen for the Official Fantasy Fest 2015 posters and t-shirts. This year’s theme of “All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show” conjured up some cosmic ideas, but only one penetrated Earth’s atmosphere. We are thrilled to announce, the official poster and t-shirts will feature artwork designed by Rey Flores. Flores is a freelance graphic artist/illustrator who is based out of Port St. Lucie, FL. Last year Flores’s art [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #133, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 252015
Senator Bernie Sanders

by Alex Symington……. In case you didn’t know, there are other candidates besides Hillary Clinton vying for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Recently the heat has been turned up on the Democratic Machine and the DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to be more inclusive of other Democratic contenders. However, Debbie is making it clear she is not interested in anyone other than her presumed future boss, Hillary, and is obstructing a growing demand by the left to give voice to Bernie [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Alex Symington, Issue #133 16 Responses »
Sep 252015
The Parental Unit of All Invention: Things We Don't Know We Don't Know

by Kim Pederson……. Today (September 16) is National Play-Doh Day. Somehow it slipped my mind, perhaps because this information byte was never there in the first place. This is just further evidence that I am falling further and further behind the times, specifically, The New York Times, which thought NPDD was important enough to include a story about it in today’s Morning Briefing. Play-Doh consists of flour, water, salt, boric acid, and mineral oil. You might already know this if you, like me, thought “doh” [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #133, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
Sep 252015

by Kirby Congdon……. “Consistency is the hob-goblin of little minds” is about all we get from high-school, if we get that. One reader I know, coming upon the phrase “little minds,” wondered about nineteenth-century New England without cars, telephones, electric lights, television or laptops that provide a grip on experience. Weren’t all minds little then? He also misinterpreted the word “consistency” until he got completely through his education. Consistency was, for him, referring to the small-town comfort of having everything conform to a repetitive life of habit, local chores [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #133, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Sep 252015
Screwed, Blu'd and Tattooed by Reef Perkins... continued

Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins ***Previous Deeds*** Blu Yunger grew up in Hinckley, Ohio, seasonal home of the Hinckley buzzard. The Hinckley is a cosmopolitan scavenger that every year, for reasons unknown, migrates to Key West to shit upon the tropical paradise at will. Some Hincklanders called the turkey buzzards, “turd smugglers.” Blu was born long and skinny with a hefty Adam’s apple, curly red hair and a third testicle. According to his mom, the attending midwife said the triple was an “O-Man!” [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #133 No Responses »
Sep 252015
Open Letter to County Commissioners & County Manager

  Greetings County Commissioners & County Manager, May this note find you in the best of health and spirits. The proposed construction of a FKCC building in Key Largo, adjacent to the Jacobs Aquatic Park is not a good idea. It will rob that extensive and well established community of the ethos, charm and residential viability for which the residents purchased their homes. In addition; the peace, quiet and safety of the park will be destroyed by this mammoth construction, parking and traffic nightmare. All [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #133, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Sep 252015
Residents Organizing Against 199-Foot Communications Tower on Upper Sugarloaf

Dear Editor, Residents of Upper Sugarloaf Key, supported by residents all over Monroe County, are united in opposition to staking a 199 foot tall monopole communications tower in the heart of their residential community. The pole, planned for 830 Crane Blvd on Upper Sugarloaf Key, would be erected by Mr. Robert Holladay from Louisiana who has purchased 8 local radio stations. As existing facilities are quite adequate to provide cellular and radio service to the area there is no need for a 20-story megawatt broadcast [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #133, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Sep 252015
International Coastal Cleanup Day a Success

  Letter to the Editor: Reef Relief would like to thank all that attended our International Coastal Cleanup Day at Little Hamaca Park on September 19, 2015. The cleanup was a major success with over 40 volunteers and 2,820 lbs. of debris removed. Reef Relief would like to thank Commissioner Yaniz, Greg Sullivan at Waste Management for collecting and weighing all the debris that was collected, the City of Key West, Monroe County Sheriff’s, and all the Reef Relief volunteers. We look forward to many [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:21 am Issue #133, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Sep 252015
Crooked Atty General Bondi Gives Up Whistle Blower

Dear Editor, It was reported to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi that Monroe County through it’s Running Dog Lackey Robert “Bob”Dean, Kurt Zeulch, & the FKAA were actively Extorting 3000+Lower Keys Taxpayers & Property Owners to Give up Property Rights for installation of Monroe County’s Turd Grinders AND SUPPLY Electric to run them. I was Personally told by an Asst. County Atty. that if I didn’t give up and unwillingly surrender my property rights, I would Be BYPASSED and my homestead would be CONDEMNED. I [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:21 am Issue #133, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Sep 252015
Photographer Todd Feit to Lead Arthur Rothstein Inspired Photography Workshop

Saturday, September 26 and Saturday October 3, photographer Todd Feit will lead Assignment Key West: 2015, a two-part experiential workshop that will take participants on a photography walk-about inspired by world-renowned photographer Arthur Rothstein and the images he shot in 1938 during his Farm Security Administration assignment, capturing the mood and essence of Key West during the Great Depression. Saturday, September 26, 9am-12pm, participants will depart on foot from the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street, focusing on architecture and visiting some of the spots [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #133, Special Events No Responses »
Sep 252015
Artist Jenni Franke Offers Instruction at Lighthouse as Part of Key West Art & Historical Society’s New Programming

Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters, Custom House Museum, and Fort East Martello—the three historic properties stewarded by Key West Art & Historical Society— are part of the inspiration behind the organization’s new program Sip n’ Sketch, three fun and instructional sessions led by artist and educator Jenni Franke and wine enthusiast Buzzy Rossman. Saturday, October 3rd marks the first of the three sessions, which will be held at the Lighthouse from 4:30pm-6:00 pm. The hands-on soiree is open to all levels of ability and [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Featured Artist, Issue #133 No Responses »
Sep 252015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, September 24 thru Wednesday, September 30 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings CLASSES & WORKSHOPS The Studios of Key West: Saturday – Enhanced Vessel Workshop, 10 AM; Saturday/Sunday – Free Screenwriting Workshop w/Quincy Perkins, 9 AM and 10 AM, 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458. DANCE Fridays/Wednesdays Salsa and Salsa Rueda too Dance Class, 7 PM. All levels, drop in class, no partner needed (Wed at 8 PM). Paradise Health and Fitness Dance Studio, 1706 N [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Art, Issue #133, Literature, Music, Theater No Responses »
Sep 252015
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 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #133, Music No Responses »
Sep 252015
Mel Fisher’s Treasures Presents Check to Wesley House Family Services

On behalf of the Fisher family, a check in the amount of $18,602.50 as a result of the 2015 Mel Fisher Days’ events was presented today to Wesley House Family Services. The funds will be used as general funds to support local programs and services. Wesley House Family Services provide services to children and families throughout the Florida Keys. Some of these services include Foster and Adoptive Care, Independent Life Skills & Training, Prevention and Intervention Services, Community Based Care, Healthy Families Monroe, and the [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #133, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 252015
Public Montessori School Hosts One Human Race 5K

Key West runners and walkers take note: the public Montessori charter school is hosting its fifth annual One Human Race on Saturday, October 3rd from 8:00am-11:00am. The 5k stretches flat and fast out and back along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and helps support free public Montessori education in Key West. The family-friendly event begins and ends at Higgs Beach Park beside Salute restaurant and includes t-shirts for the first 150 entrants, a ½ mile “Fun Run” on the White Street pier and post-race [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #133, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 252015
Situation Grows More Desperate for Haiti/D.R. Refugees

Families who recently fled to Fond Bayard, Haiti, from the Dominican Republic are finding themselves in a desperate situation. Many are living under tents made of tarps after they had to leave the school in which they were taking shelter. With the start of the school year, the families are living in what Food For The Poor-Haiti staff call “heartbreaking conditions.” A site visit late last week revealed that the situation has deteriorated, and the FFP-Haiti staff sent photos with an urgent request to the [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #133, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 252015
People's March for the Earth

United with Pope Francis for Universal Solidarity and Climate Action In his Encyclical “Praise Be to You, Laudato Sì – On Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis encourages all people to praise and thank God for his glorious creation and to work together to safeguard our world. The Holy Father also gives special attention to the global challenge all humanity is now facing: the urgency of tackling poverty and climate change. The Holy Father places special emphasis on an “Integral Ecology,” the need to [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #133, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 252015
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 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #133, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 252015
Infant and Child CPR and Choking Prevention Class Offered

The life you save with CPR is most likely to be a loved one, according to the American Heart Association. -Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home. – Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. Heidi Kuite shared her story about CPR saving her 10 month old son in 2008 on the AHA web site. In less than 30 seconds [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #133, Special Event No Responses »