Jun 102016
Help Detectives Identify Man Wanted for Questioning in Alleged Sunglasses Theft

  The video and photos show a man detectives want to talk to about the theft of a pair of Pelagic brand sunglasses from Bud and Mary’s Outfitters Store in Islamorada on the afternoon of May 31st.  The sunglasses are valued at $296. Anyone who recognizes him and can help detectives to identify him should contact Deputy Caridad Bellon at 305-664-6480 or Detective Sgt. Mark Coleman at 305-853-3211.

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 8:00 am Issue #170 No Responses »
Jun 102016
Big Coppitt – More Missing Documents?

by Margaret Blank……. Update: The FKAA responded right quick this time. I sent an email Sunday, got a response on Monday. This is new and different. Here’s a link to the agenda back up for the approval of award to Gianetti. A couple of things prompted me to take a look back at the Big Coppitt project. The Big Coppitt wastewater treatment facility experienced difficulties meeting effluent quality requirements for about a year. I discovered this completely by accident. It’s never been reported in the [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Island Voices, Issue #170 4 Responses »
Jun 102016
Body Found Under Whale Harbor Bridge

The body of a Pembroke Pines, Florida man was pulled from the water under the Whale Harbor Bridge yesterday morning. It appears 48 year old Christopher Rishell committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. His car, a 2012 Mazda, was found parked on the bridge just before 3 a.m. It was running, its hazard lights were on and it was unoccupied. Rishell’s cell phone was on the top of the car, his wallet was inside and a pack of cigarettes were found on the bridge railing [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #170, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 102016

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. I hope you saw my story about the Key West chickens that appeared here in The Blue Paper April 29. In that story, I reported that, for several years, the Key West Wildlife Center (KWWC) has been contracted by the City of Key West to manage a program to rescue injured chickens, provide medical care, and arrange relocation to selected farms and orchards on the mainland where the chickens can retire in peace. As part of my research for that story, [continue reading…]

Jun 102016
Gentle Rebuttal

Dear Editor, A recent press release from FKAA and the County very unjustly and incorrectly attacks two homeowners for filing a lawsuit May 9 that seeks to get those two mega-powers to follow their own rules. The lawsuit simply requests the Court to confirm that the law specifically requires that a gravity connection for people’s sewers be placed in the right of way, not in the yard. So why all the hostility and chest thumping by FKAA and the County? It’s their own rules these [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #170, Letter to the Editor 6 Responses »
Jun 102016

by Thomas L. Knapp……. “The White House said Tuesday [June 7] that President Barack Obama will veto the Senate’s version of the annual defense policy bill,” Richard Lardner of the Associated Press reports. Why? Lardner cites provisions that would prevent Obama from shutting down the prison at Guantanamo Bay and limit the number of “national security” functionaries he can put on the White House payroll. Deeper in the story, however, we find meatier objections: The $600 billion bill “denies the Defense Department’s request for a [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:47 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #170, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Jun 102016
More than Ever, We Need Each Other

by Dr. Gary Welton……. My heart aches over the stories I hear about heroin overdoses. Local fathers post stories about their sons and daughters, fatal victims of the heroin market. Police conduct raids. The illegal marketing demand continues to fund Afghanistan poppy farmers. Other illegal drug markets cause societal issues, as meth labs contaminate homes and acreage. A house in my neighborhood is selling for half its former market value because of meth lab damage. More than ever, we live in a drug culture. When [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #170 1 Response »
Jun 102016
A Super Bowl Epiphany

by Ray Jason……. It probably seems odd for me to post an essay on this topic in June instead of in February when the game takes place. However, the ideas in this piece just came to me in such a spontaneous gush, that it seemed like they wanted to get out into the world. So here is another example of my “fictional philosophy.” ******* During the third quarter of the Super Bowl, the legendary quarterback suffered a helmet to helmet injury that looked extremely severe. [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Island Voices, Issue #170 No Responses »
Jun 102016
Ignorance Is...Well...Ignorance, Right?

by Kim Pederson……. The word “nescience” came up as word for the day recently. I’ve mentioned this word in passing in a previous blog (“Doorways to Nescience: Mind the Gap“) but never really explored it. The primary meaning for the term, which you might think of as “no science” based on the Latin roots, is lack of knowledge or awareness. Ignorance, in other word. That seems simple enough. But, as I should have known, nothing is ever simple. In this case, ignorance is not simple [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #170, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jun 102016
Knowledge Acquired By Systematic Study...

by John Donnelly……. Ignorance has never been Blissful. Indoctrinated absurdities presented as intelligent discourse, proffered by like-minded elitists has brought civilization to its knees. Educational systems producing paradigms of idiocy, have conditioned their protégés to accept purposeless nonsense; as unadulterated fact. Unchallenged volumes of opinionated rhetoric, presented in classrooms as immutable truth, is the established academic standard that all must adhere to; if one is to succeed. Brainwashing and punishing the creative genius that lies within each child, is the backbone of what has been [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #170, John Donnelly No Responses »
Jun 102016

by Kirby Congdon……. If you have a hobby there should be no conflict between that interest and coping with the need for independence. However, if a preoccupation is more than a hobby, if it is your calling, if you feel it is the one thing you were born to do and if it lets you find out who you are, then you meet up with trouble and struggle because there is no test establishing your skills. You have to prove that you are who you [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #170, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Jun 102016
City and FDOT Discuss Crosswalk Concerns

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee and City Manager Jim Scholl today met with engineers from FDOT to discuss ongoing concerns regarding the pedestrian crosswalks on North Roosevelt Blvd. Since their installation, there has been a lot of community concern that the current configurations are dangerous. After four hours of discussion and visiting each of the crosswalks, the FDOT officials agreed to consider whether all of them are warranted. In addition, they will consider the installation of pedestrian activated control devices that will improve safety.

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #170, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 102016
Landmark Renamed in Honor of Edward B. Knight

The Key West City Commission this week honored one of the pillars of this community by renaming the White Street Pier in his honor. The pier will henceforth be known as the Edward B. Knight Pier. During his 75 on the island, Mr. Knight has been known as a visionary and a man open to new ideas. He has made tremendous contributions to our City by way of real estate development, historical preservation and overall improvements to the City. “His philanthropic efforts and support of [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #170, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 102016
Monroe County Completes Six Canal Restoration Demonstration Projects

CONSTRUCTION COMPLETED ON SIX CANAL RESTORATION DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS; MONITORING UNDERWAY WITH EARLY RESULTS SHOWING IMPROVED WATER QUALITY Monroe County just completed an air curtain installation that blocks weeds from entering Big Pine Key’s Canal #287, one of the Keys’ 131 poor-rated canals. This marks the end of the construction phase of the County’s original $5-million investment in demonstration projects that implemented four different restoration methods – air curtain weed gate installation, organic muck removal, culvert installation and backfilling– to restore six of the worst water [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #170, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 102016

As the Florida counties impacted by Tropical Storm Colin begin to clean up, the Florida Department of Health reminds everyone to do their part in preventing mosquito breeding. All Florida residents and visitors are asked to “Drain and Cover” to help keep our families and neighbors safe; it only takes a bottle cap of water for some mosquitoes to breed and multiply. “We must all do our part to act quickly to eliminate new sources of standing water brought on by Tropical Storm Colin, which [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #170, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 102016
Theft Prevention

A reminder from the Sheriff’s Office: Lock your vehicle doors and remove valuable items from inside. Just a reminder to everyone they should be locking car doors and removing valuables from inside, even when the car is parked at your home. Six Upper Keys residents found out the hard way this weekend that leaving your car unlocked with valuables inside can be costly. Deputies responded to homes on Plantation Road and Buttonwood Avenue in Key Largo; Harbor Lane in Plantation Key and Captain’s Court and [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #170, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 102016
Task Force Dagger Foundation Says Thank You Key West, June 15th, Little White House

Task Force Dagger Foundation [TFD] is dedicated to wounded, ill, or injured U.S. Special Operations Soldiers and their families. TFD Foundation is now in its sixth year taking this therapeutic recreational event to Key West, Florida.  As a way to say thank you to the city of Key West for helping TFD become so successful with this event and help it grow every year, we invite the entire community to the Truman Little White House on June 15, 2016.  Tickets are $25 apiece online; $35 at the door. [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #170, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 102016
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, June 9 thru Wednesday, June 15 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings FESTIVALS/FUNDRAISERS Thru Sunday Meet Me In The Keys 2016 Fundraiser 9th Annual for KOA Care Camp Full week of fun and fundraising with some of the Best Trop Rock performers playing at multiple venues in Key West. KOA Care Camp is a camp for kids with cancer. More information at SouthernMostCoconutCastaways.com Friday-Sunday Mystery Writers Key West Fest 3rd Annual From South Florida’s favorite [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:23 am Art, Issue #170, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 102016
Key West Art & Historical Society Film Series Continues Through Summer at Custom House Museum: “The Unseen” is Next Up

Locals and visitors can immerse themselves in culture and cool air with the Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Art As History, History As Art” film series in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. Thursday, June 23 features “The Unseen” at 6:00 pm. “The Unseen” is a charming, intimate, and often funny documentary of the resilience and creativity of blind students, showing them as both ordinary and extraordinary because of and in spite of their blindness. Brilliant [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #170, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 102016
SAVE THE DATE: Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle – The Most Magical Night of Summer

Celebrate the most magical night of summer – the 10th Annual Midsummer Night’s Dream & Spectacle, August 6, 6-10 p.m., at the historic Fort East Martello in Key West. Hosted by the Key West Art & Historical Society and produced by Michael Shields’ Java Studios with proceeds to benefit the Key West Art & Historical Society children’s education programs. Come be a part of this playful and spontaneous celebration – a wonderland of costumed revelers, interactive art projects, feasting, dancing, and multiple stages featuring poets, [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #170, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 102016
Reef Perkins to Debut “Deep Air” at Book Signing Event

On Saturday, June 18, from 6 to 8pm, Reef Perkins, former combat veteran, smuggler, salvager and Admiral in the Conch Republic Navy, will debut his third book, “Deep Air” at Grand Vin, 1107 Duval Street, Key West. “Deep Air” is billed as a work of fiction, but in a place like Key West and a mind like Perkins’, fiction’s roots do not draw entirely from pools of imagination. Published by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, “Deep Air” features hit men, insurance scammers, loansharking bookmakers, gems, beer and [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #170, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 102016
A Summer Adventure in Your Own Backyard!

Our Art School is specially designed to to provide plenty of one-on-one attention through small class size and hands-on activities for kids ages 10-14. Enthusiastic teachers guide students through a variety of experiences ranging from creating artwork and presenting a group exhibition, to learning acting skills and putting on a performance, and from exploring the arts of other cultures to learning to playing music with your own band. WEEK 1: June 20 – 24 / Art School WEEK 2: June 27 – July 1 / [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Art, Issue #170, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 102016
Key West Photographer Jeffrey Cardenas Exhibits in Havana with Tribute to First-Ever Conservation Agreement Between Cuba and US

A recent conservation accord signed by the United States and Cuba will be honored Friday in Havana with a 100-image exhibition of maritime landscapes by Key West photographer Jeffrey Cardenas. Naturalezas Gemelas/Twins in Nature pays tribute to the “sister sanctuaries” of Parque Nacional Guanahacabibes and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the environmental collaboration that aims to promote the conservation and sustainability of these marine protected areas. The precedent-setting environmental agreement between US and Cuba was initiated late last year, creating a Memorandum of [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #170, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 102016
The Other Band at Schooner Wharf on Monday Nights

The Other Band is the latest outgrowth of the vast talent pool here in The Keys. It features Steve Gibson on mandolin and vocals, Michelle Dravis on guitar and lead vocals, and Bubba Lownotes on bass and vocals. They provide a different approach to roots and Americana for music lovers, with a unique blend of talents like no other. Their sound incorporates elements of the blues, country, folk, rock, and ragtime, with some hints of bluegrass and reggae. The result is fresh yet familiar, new [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #170, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 102016
Nature Camp! at KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Nature Camp! June 27th to July 1st, 9am to 1pm, ages 7-12. Enroll your child in summer camp at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden for fun, adventure, and the benefits of the outdoors! Great for kids who love to explore and learn about the world around them. Each half day will be full of games, crafts, science, and “wild-life”! Social, psychological, academic and physical health are all positively impacted when kids have daily contact with the outdoors. Tuition is $100 for the [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #170, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 102016
Speakers and Art at KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Busy June at the KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Thursday, June 16, at 12:30 pm, Susan Reutling, Master Gardener and Tropical Forest Nursery Coordinator, presents “Using Native Plants to Attract Pollinators“. Getting low yields on your container gardens or fruit trees? Many plants depend on insects to help reproduce. The natural population of pollinators in turn require specific plant species to supply the nectar or pollen they and their young depend on for survival. Butterflies are among the insects that may not thrive among [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #170, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 102016
Volunteers Needed for Saturday Cleanup

By land or by sea, let’s clean up our mangroves and seawall! Commissioners Sam Kaufman and Billy Wardlow are teaming up to host a cleanup of their shared borders: The mouth of the Riviera canal and the mangroves and seawall along South Cow Key Channel. The cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, June 11th from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. To participate, people are asked to meet at 8 a.m. inside the parking lot area of Coconut Mallory Resort, on South Roosevelt Blvd, between Flagler and [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #170, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 102016
Animal Farm Open Sunday

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is open to the public this Sunday, June 12th from 1 – 3 p.m. Please join us and visit with the animals. The farm is free of charge; donations are welcome. The Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm has over 150 animals, most of which were abandoned, abused or otherwise surrendered by their owners. The animals at the farm include farm animals like pigs, goats, a steer, horses, a donkey, turkeys and rabbits. The farm also has a number of [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #170, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »