Feb 052016
Key West: Your Landlord May Owe You For Overcharging For Rent

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Donald Roberts lives in Peary Court with his mom Ruby.   They rent one of the 48 deed restricted “affordable” units. Their situation is puzzling. With a combined annual income of under $55,850, they qualify for “low-income affordable workforce housing.” Their rent should be $1,571/month, yet they pay around $2,400/month. At that price, their 2-bedroom deed restricted affordable unit at Peary Court is pretty much market rate. So what happened to the hard fought victory that nearly four years ago “saved” 30% [continue reading…]

Feb 052016
Who Owns Peary Court?

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…….. A burning question was finally asked on Wednesday (2/3/2016) in a Key West Citizen Editorial—“Who is White Street Partners?” Well, that’s the wrong question if you’re after Peary Court’s current owners. Peary Court Holdings, LP (a Delaware limited partnership)– registered in Florida as a “foreign partnership”– is Peary Court’s owner of record. However, in fact, the current partners with financial interests in Key West’s Peary Court–who together constitute its owners, include: Peary Court Holdings, LP; White St Partners; and the [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:28 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #152, Martha Huggins 49 Responses »
Feb 052016
Update: Convicted Felons and Civil Rights

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Several weeks ago, we published a story about Key West Assistant City Manager Greg Veliz’ criminal record. He is a convicted felon, having spent three years in the penitentiary back in the early 1990s on major drug charges. He and his partner in crime were caught bringing in cocaine by the boatload. As a result, he cannot vote, serve on a jury, hold public office or possess a firearm– for the rest of his life– unless he goes through the clemency [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:26 am Issue #152 No Responses »
Feb 052016
County to Vote on Controversial Big Coppitt Rezoning on Wednesday

by Blue Paper staff……. For the second time (in three months), land developers, led by Frank Toppino and Rockland Operations, LLC, will be asking the Monroe County Commissioners on Wednesday to alter the zoning of 14 acres of vacant land on Big Coppitt Key so that they can build 213 affordable housing units. The developer’s previous attempt at the vote was abruptly withdrawn one day prior to the November 17, 2015 BOCC agenda. The reason for the November 17 cancellation, as explained by the developer’s [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:24 am Issue #152, News 1 Response »
Feb 052016
Who Knew What and When Did They Know It?

An Open Letter To The School Board Gentlemen: We are all anxiously looking forward to Superintendent Mark Porter’s report at next Tuesday’s Board meeting regarding the missing $20,000 in the daycare operation at HOB School. This is Superintendent Porter’s third try at determining what went wrong and who was responsible. They say that three times is a charm and we all expect a thorough, detailed and comprehensive exposition, the final word on the subject. I am particularly interested in the first paragraph of the report [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:22 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #152, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Feb 052016
Man Arrested on Multiple Charges, Outstanding Warrants

  A Key West man wanted on numerous warrants was arrested Monday night after a domestic dispute on Stock Island. Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call from a pizza delivery man at about 8 p.m. He said he was delivering food to a residence on 11th Avenue at 8 p.m. He said after knocking on the door, a woman and two children inside pleaded with him to call the police. He said he left immediately and called for help. When Deputy Jorge Prince arrived, 30 year [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:20 am Issue #152, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 052016
An Insider's View of Being Homeless in Key West

by Sloan Bashinsky……. When Naja and Arnaud Girard asked me the other day if I was interested in writing articles about homelessness for The Blue Paper, I said I’d be happy to do that. Why not? I was homeless off and on in Key West from late 2000-late 2005, and I’ve been homeless in Key West since March of last year, 2015. I spent a lot of nights at KOTs, the city’s homeless shelter, since last March. I ate a lot of meals in the [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:18 am ~ Opinion ~, Island Voices, Issue #152 1 Response »
Feb 052016
Harrison Gallery 30th Anniversary Celebration

Harrison Gallery 30th Anniversary Celebration Walk on White : Thursday, February 18th 6-9pm Harrison Gallery : 825 White Street In 1986, Harrison Gallery and Music was opened by sculptor Helen Harrison and her husband, Ben, a writer and musician. Over the past thirty years it has evolved into Harrison Gallery, a Key West institution that has earned a reputation as a destination for some of the best fine art in the area. The work of the Harrison’s, along with that of a select group of [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:17 am Issue #152, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
"Unaffordable Housing"---The Gift That Keeps On Giving...

by John Donnelly……. Bamboozled, hoodwinked and indoctrinated for many years by government and developers into believing an inauthentic maxim has damaged our fragile aquatic ecosystem, while allowing the introduction of virulent toxins into our communities. Widespread fraud and deception by government officials are nothing new to the citizens of Monroe County. Research has produced evidence identifying a long-standing, cozy and quid pro quo type of relationship existing between politicians and developers. This arrangement has been eloquently described on numerous occasions in a plethora of periodicals. [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #152, John Donnelly 13 Responses »
Feb 052016
FKOC Awards Samuel J. Kaufman

The Florida Keys Outreach (FKOC) has announced long time homeless advocate Samuel J. Kaufman as the 2016 recipient of the 10th annual Edward Capt’n Kidd Humanitarian Award to be presented April 2nd, 2016 during the Friends Of FKOC’s “A Toast to FKOC” celebrating FKOC’s 25th anniversary! The celebration will be hosted by Carolyn Sullivan and Carmelo Vitale in the Blue Room at the BottleCap. Kaufman has served on FKOC’s Board of Directors for over 15 years, including many years as the Board Chairperson. Kaufman has [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:14 am Issue #152, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 052016
Monroe County Democrats to Host Affordable Housing Forum

The Monroe County Democratic Party is hosting a public forum to address the affordable housing crisis in Key West. The forum is non-partisan, and will begin at 6pm on Tuesday, February 23rd at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave, Key West, FL 33040. The general public and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend Panelists will include local experts in affordable housing development, government and agency executives, and elected officials. The forum is not associated with the Housing First PAC, and the Democratic Party of Monroe is not taking a position [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #152, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 052016
Lenepe Park, PA

by Kirby Congdon……. At Lenepe Park they had a real roller coaster but I liked the merry-go-round best. My horse even gallopped. It was in slow motion but I held on tight. Later I heard that the Lenepes were a tribe of American Indians. “Where are the Indians?” I wanted to know. “They’re dead,” I was told. “Oh. Why?” I asked, not really wanting any answer. “We killed them,” was the reply. “Oh, Why?” I inquired, not really wanting any explanation. There was a long [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #152, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Feb 052016
In Dubious Praise of a Litmus Test

by Kim Pederson……. With the finish of the Iowa caucuses, the 2016 presidential race is finally off and running after much pawing, prancing, whinnying, and mucking about in the paddock prior to the start. It struck me in watching the candidates (all of them) post-Iowa that it’s nearly impossible to make any kind of value judgment regarding their qualifications to be president from the words they deign to utter. So what’s left to judge our candidates on? Their behavior, of course, and in that respect [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #152, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
Feb 052016

by Jerome Grapel……. Oh no, not him again. Is this all there is to talk about in the world’s only Stupid Power? Whatever happened to Brittany Spears? If only Michael Jackson were still alive. Can’t we go back to those good old days when the title of this essay only pertained to card games? Please, Post Consumer Man, do you have to do this? I’m sorry — I tried my best and held out for a long time. But with the recent appearance of perhaps [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #152 17 Responses »
Feb 052016
Philosophical Acceptance

  by Ray Jason……. As I sail deeper into my Middle Years, my ship of self seems to be entering the Sea of Paradox. On the one hand, I am comfortable with the inescapable termination of my physical self. But on the other hand, I am troubled by the possibility that my work – my little essays that strive to inform, awaken and inspire – will also vanish. And I do not mean that they will disappear simply because they are not perceptive or poetic [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Island Voices, Issue #152 1 Response »
Feb 052016
Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins…continues…

Key West author Reef Perkins shares more of his hilarious book, Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins ***Trout’s Tale*** (Click here for previous chapter)  Nothing counts … unless you’re counting. It was time for Trout Bender to leave the small Florida farming town of Pooheepka. Pop. 627. Trout walked slowly toward town where he hoped to catch a bus to somewhere. Anywhere would be somewhere compared to Pooheepka. He ambled along and thought back over the last few years. Three years earlier, Trout arrived [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #152, Literature No Responses »
Feb 052016
Peter and Will Anderson Trio in Concert at SKW - February 6

Studios of Key West  ~ 533 Eaton Street Saturday, February 6 Curtain Time: 8PM Buy Tickets Called “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times), twins Peter and Will Anderson play “anything that swings,” with a style that’s fresh, creative, and in the moment. Their talents have been called upon by an impressive roster of greats, from Wynton Marsalis to the Village Vanguard Orchestra. Sponsored by William Brown, Realtor

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:51 am Issue #152, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
Impromptu Classical Concerts at St. Paul's Church Featuring The Eroica Trio - February 14th

What happens when an internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble – The Eroica Trio – fly in for a concert only to find there is no piano at the concert venue upon their arrival. The Trio – Erika Nickrenz (piano), Sara Parkins (violin) and Sara Sant’Ambrogio (cello) – will perform on Sunday, February 14th at St. Paul’s Church, 4pm as guests of Impromptu Classical Concerts. At St. Paul’s, Ms. Nickrenz will find a piano, perfectly tuned, awaiting her use. Such was not the case when the Trio [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:51 am Issue #152, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
Attorney Nathan E. Eden Recognized

Nathan E. Eden Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 2015 AIOPIA’S 10 Best in Florida For Client Satisfaction The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Florida’s Personal Injury Attorney Nathan E. Eden as 2015 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOPIA’s rigorous selection [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #152, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 052016
Christina's Courage 5k Race

The Christina’s Courageous 5K Challenge, a yearly event which benefits Christina’s Courage Rape and Child Abuse Center, takes place Saturday, February 13th. Come on out and join the fun! Christina’s Courage is a non-profit crisis assistance center which provides a safe, sensitive and secure place for law enforcement to take the victims of Rape and Child Abuse for help. All money raised from this event goes directly to the center. To register for this worthwhile and fun event, go to southernmostrunners.com or come to the [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #152, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 052016
OIRF - House Tours

House Tour – Febuary 12th & 13th, 2016 10pm-4pm “Grunts, Grace and Glamour” : Like the tides that surround it, through two centuries faith and fortune have ebbed and flowed in Key West. Each change left its mark on our houses and the land around us. The February Old Island Restoration Foundation House Tour traces the stream from hard-bitten seaport and military base to favored vacation and retirement destination through five homes and a church:  411 Simonton Street, “Old Stone Church”, 321 Peacon Lane, 1030 [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #152, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »