Feb 262016

The video above shows footage from the 2014 summer youth sailing program at the Key West Community Sailing Center. The Key West Community Sailing Center and The Blue Paper are coordinating a special 7-week after-school “Learn to Sail” program, beginning March 3rd, for 11 students from low-income families who live at the Key West Housing Authority’s “Porter Place” on Palm Avenue. The kids, ages 8-13, are signed up and ready to go. Update: Thanks to the two Blue Paper readers that have already pledged to sponsor one child each!! [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #154 2 Responses »
Feb 192016

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Buying the old Navy housing project at Peary Court might be the City’s last opportunity to preserve some semblance of a working class community. However, most residents interviewed appear unable to move past a sense of indignation over the proposed sale price for Peary Court (which has nearly doubled in just two years) or their suspicion that officials did not fight hard enough to get a better deal, if they fought at all. Background:  On August 30, 2013 Peary Court was sold to White Street [continue reading…]

Feb 192016
Senate Bill 686 and the Cost of Corruption

by Margaret Blank*……. I saw this news item while browsing the web: Almost every top official in Texas city arrested in federal corruption case. It really got me thinking. Here’s a terrific editorial on Florida’s “Corruption Tax”. Monroe County taxpayers have most definitely fallen victim to this. The Acevedo scandal cost us over $400,000 – and that only came to light because of a courageous whistle-blower, who paid a steep price for doing the right thing. Now another $20,000 has gone missing and the school board [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am Island Voices, Issue #154 5 Responses »