Jul 012016
FBI Releases Investigative Report on Eimers Death-in-Custody Case

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. This week The Blue Paper received a copy of the FBI’s investigative report on the in-custody-death of Charles Eimers. About a year and a half ago Key West’s Citizen Review Board (CRB) wrote to the Department of Justice asking for an independent review of a drama that shook the town.  On the morning of his first day on our island paradise, 61-year-old tourist/homeless person, Charles Eimers, died in police custody. Initially it was reported by KWPD that on Thanksgiving morning an [continue reading…]

Jul 012016
County Mayor Heather Carruthers: Get The Facts About the New Florida Keys Stewardship Act

Dear Editor, I don’t know where to begin. I read with incredulity last week’s opinion piece by Mr. Kevin Diaz regarding the Florida Keys Stewardship Act (FKSA). It’s hard for me to comprehend how someone seeking to represent the citizens of Monroe County could so totally misunderstand what the Keys are about and it worries me that he could so totally misread this significant legislation. He has egregiously mischaracterized the Stewardship bill. Let’s start by explaining that there are some unique realities of land management [continue reading…]

Jul 012016
HOMETOWN! is Pleased to Announce its Third Event of the 2016 Political Season

A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR CERTAIN CANDIDATES ON THE AUGUST 30 BALLOT The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, Key West, Florida MONDAY, July 25,2016, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM Hometown’s first primary Question and Answer forum is approximately one month before the August 30, Election and shortly before ballots will be mailed to voters. Key West and Monroe County voters will have to make important judgments regarding City Commissioner–Dist. 6, Mosquito Control Board members, Districts 3 and 4, members of the Utility [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #173, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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Crime Report

Man arrested for counterfeit money. The quick actions of a business owner in the Upper Keys led to the arrest of a Miami man for passing counterfeit bills. 56 year old Oscar Pulido walked in to the Salt Hair Salon at the 94 mile marker at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday and asked if the shop carried a particular hair product. The owner sold him the product, which cost $30; Pulido paid with a $100 bill, receiving $70 in change. As he left the shop, the owner [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #173, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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Three Injured, One Critical in Four Car Crash

A four-vehicle crash Tuesday night on North Roosevelt Blvd. injured three people, one critically. At a little after 9 p.m. a vehicle with three occupants was waiting to make a left turn into McDonald’s. The car was struck from the rear and pushed into the oncoming traffic. Two other vehicles, headed outbound, crashed into the melee. The victims of the rear-ended vehicle – two females and one male – are visiting from Virginia. All three were transported to Lower Keys Medical Center. One woman was [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #173, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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Tourists Claim: Ripped Off by Duval Street Cosmetic Shop

Complaints Lodged Against Duval Street Cosmetics Shop Two Key West visitors have lodged complaints against Francesca, a cosmetics shop at 119 Duval Street, Key West. The two reported being “ripped off” with deceptive sales pitches and then being taken advantage of during a visit to Key West April 26, 2016. Judy Nye, 70, of South Bend Indiana and Barbara Kabzinski, 79, of Spring Hills Florida, filed complaints with the Key West City Code Office and the Key West Police Department. The State Attorney’s office has [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #173, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jul 012016
Fourth of July Three Day Weekend Expected to Be Busy, Congested

With all kinds of special events planned for the Fourth of July holiday weekend county-wide, the Sheriff’s Office expects traffic to be very heavy throughout the Florida Keys starting on Friday and continuing through Tuesday, July 5th. The Sheriff’s Office will have extra officers on the water and on the highway in an effort to keep residents and visitors safe. If you plan to drive anywhere in or out of the county, make sure you plan extra time for your trip. There are a number [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #173, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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Actress Kelly McGillis, Former Key West Resident, Assaulted in North Carolina

Actress Kelly McGillis, 58, a former resident of Key West, suffered only scratches and bruises after being assaulted by a woman intruder who had broken into McGillis’ home in Henderson, North Carolina. The incident happened two weeks ago, on the evening of June 17. In a series of Facebook posts, McGillis said that when she returned to her home about 9pm, she noticed that a light was on and that the front door was unlocked. She said she also noted a pair of girls’ sandals [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #173, News No Responses »
Jul 012016
Aw Gee Whiz, Growing Greener Every Day?

by Sloan Bashinsky……. My random thoughts on Amendment 4 and related “growing greener every day” Key West, based on what I’ve seen, heard and read. Amendment 4 is a pro-solar energy Amendment to the state Constitution, on the August 4 ballot. Amendment 4 would offer a tax exemption to commercial property owners who install renewable energy devices in a state that already allows the tax break for residential solar power systems. Since it’s a proposed amendment to Florida’s Constitution, Amendment 4 requires 60 percent of [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Island Voices, Issue #173 No Responses »
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by Thomas L Knapp……. Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, is heading toward July’s national party convention with a majority of delegates (as “bound” by state primaries and caucuses) in hand. But ever since it became clear that he would garner that majority, both he and the GOP leadership have spent a good deal of time trying to snuff out talk of a floor revolt by those delegates against his nomination and in favor of some other candidate’s. “The Republican National Committee put [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #173, Thomas L. Knapp 2 Responses »
Jul 012016
Mosquito Control: Precious Time is Being Wasted...

Dear Editor, While the Oxitec controversy swirls around us, precious time is being wasted. Time that could be put to use to push back against Zika. Why is that important? Because the CDC has determined that Zika causes microcephaly and other severe fetal brain birth defects! Until last Friday evening, it had not been revealed that Zika may already be in Monroe County. Mosquito Control Board, Vice Chair, Steve Smith, revealed for the first time that at least one probable case of Zika is under [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #173, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jul 012016
White Street Pier Asphalting

The asphalted White Street Pier editorial I would have written: As a fairly frequent user of White Street Pier, I can say the surface of the pier did not need redoing. It never occurred to the city that resurfacing with black asphalt would make the pier a day time furnace during the hot months? Who, in the city government, made the decision to repave with asphalt? Who above that person approved using asphalt? The citizens are entitled to know. Why change the pier’s name? City [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Island Voices, Issue #173 No Responses »
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Shame on Those Who Use the 4th of July...

…to promote the false flag waiving Judeo-Christian & Military/Industrial/Political Complex agenda of perpetual war. “War is a racket” – WWI Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcuStxJHv4c “Why we Fight” trailer (2 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDo55KoKlyM “Why we Fight“) full length (1:26:46) It is time to embrace the second half of the American Legion Preamble: To foster and perpetuate a 100 percent Americanism To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation. To combat the autocracy of classes and masses. To make Right [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #173, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jul 012016
Time for a Steaming Cup of What???

by Kim Pederson……. Joe, dirt, mud, java, brew, cuppa, go juice, jitter juice, bean juice, brain juice. By whatever name, much of the world runs on coffee and not all of it Dunkin Donuts. But how many of us have ever paused, difficult when caffeinated I know, to wonder what the heck is in it. Not me certainly. Not until this moment, that is. Thanks primarily to the caffeine it contains, coffee is a psychoactive drug, which means it alters brain function and causes changes [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #173, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
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A starling noticed how hungry the cat was. “Eat that one,” the starling said, motioning toward a caged canary, thereby hoping to keep attention away from himself. “But would that be a nice thing to do?” asked the cat. “Since when has protocol filled an empty stomach!” the starling countered. “Yes, that’s life,” the cat agreed, and ate both birds up at once. Kirby Congdon

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #173, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Jul 012016
Keys Arts Weekly June 30 thru July 6

FESTIVALS & FUNDRAISERS Key Lime Festival 4th Annual SATURDAY-MONDAY Various times/events in Key West including a wacky talent show, pie-eating and cooking contests, a Key Lime Martini Sip and Stroll and Key lime rum sampling and distillery tour. www.keylimefestival.com Independence Day Celebrations: MONDAY, JULY 4TH -Key West: VNA & Hospice 32nd Annual Picnic Fundraiser, 5 p.m., Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St. www.keystix.com -Key West: Fireworks, 9 p.m., Higgs Beach, Atlantic Blvd. -Marathon: Patriotic Parade, Beach Party & Fireworks Show, 10:30 a.m., Marathon High School, [continue reading…]

Jul 012016
Pier Dedicated to Edward B. Knight

Ninety-nine year old philanthropist Ed Knight did the honors this morning, unveiling the plaque renaming the White Street Pier in his honor. The pier will henceforth be known as the Edward B. Knight Pier. In recognition of nearly a century of service to the citizens of Key West, the City Commission dedicated the landmark “as a reminder of the overwhelming kindness, philanthropic support, and act of generosity bestowed upon the city and citizens of Key West,” reads the plaque. “The City of Key West acknowledges [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #173, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 012016
Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi Selected President Elect of Florida Association of County Managers

ORLANDO – Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi was selected President Elect of the Florida Association of County Managers on Thursday at the Florida Association of County’s Annual Conference & Education Exhibition in Orlando. “It’s an honor to be selected by my peers throughout the state to serve,” Gastesi said. “This will help Monroe County stay relevant statewide. It also will help us learn about all the great things other counties are doing and how we can adopt them to better the lives of our residents.” [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #173, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 012016
ADVISORY: Florida Bay Forever Forum

EVENT ADVISORY Florida Bay Forever Forum The Health of this Unique Everglades Estuary and its Impact on the Florida Keys What: The Florida Bay Forever Forum is intended to provide Florida Bay scientists and members of the Florida Keys community an opportunity to discuss openly the current Florida Bay seagrass die-off (including the causes, the impacts, and prognosis for recovery) and the solutions to fixing this problem. Presentations by Florida Bay scientists will be brief (10-12 minutes each) and designed for a non-technical audience. Following [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #173, News, Special Event No Responses »
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Florida Department of Health Program Helps Veterans, Families Enter Health Care Fields

Tallahassee, Fla.—As our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, the Florida Department of Health recognizes the men and women who protect our freedom and keep us safe. More than 1.5 million veterans call Florida home, making the Sunshine State the third largest veteran-populated state in the nation. The department is proud to offer several licensure support services to qualified military families to help them find employment in health-related fields. One of the services offered is the Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response (VALOR) system, which [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #173, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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Department of Health Daily Zika Update

June 30, 2016 Tallahassee, Fla.—In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of the Zika virus, the Florida Department of Health will issue a Zika virus update each week day at 2 p.m. Updates will include a CDC-confirmed Zika case count by county and information to better keep Floridians prepared. There are four new cases with one in Broward, one Duval, one Orange and one in Seminole counties. Of the cases confirmed in Florida, 18 are still exhibiting [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #173, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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2016 Fantasy Fest Parade Applications are Now Available!

Imaginative Brains Wanted Now! Get your applications now to be a participant in the Fantasy Fest Parade, Saturday, October 29th. Let your inventiveness go wild and show off your creativity with an amazing entry: a fantastic float, bazaar bike or entertaining walking group for the ultimate enjoyment of thousands of spectators. Send us sketches of your original creation. We are looking for anything from bewitching to barbaric! All applications are due by Friday, October 7th at 5pm, with full payment and design. Download the application [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #173, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Swimming Lagoon at Rowell's Park Reopens for Fourth of July Weekend

KEY LARGO – The swimming lagoon at the new Rowell’s Waterfront Park in Key Largo reopened Thursday morning after divers confirmed it was safe. The park originally opened Memorial Day weekend. A few days later the lagoon was temporarily closed for swimming due to calls to Commissioner Sylvia Murphy from concerned citizens. The citizens told her that when the lagoon was used as a marina more than a decade earlier at least one very large Goliath Grouper lived in it. Out of an abundance of [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #173, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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Key West Zonta Club Seeks Applicants for Martina Thurmond Scholarship

Scholarship Program Awards Local Women Advancing Their Careers The Zonta Club of Key West is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Martina Thurmond Ongoing Education Scholarship. The $1,000 award will be provided to a Lower Florida Keys woman at least 30 years of age for use to advance her current career or make a career change through continuing education. Applications must be received by July 29, 2016 by 5:00pm and are now available on the club’s website. The scholarship’s namesake, [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #173, News, Special Event No Responses »
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"Stardust Stricken" Next in Film Line-up at Custom House Museum

Iranian New Wave filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf is the subject of “Stardust Stricken,” a portrait of the artist’s journey from prison-bound political activist to renowned filmmaker. The 70-minute documentary is part of Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Art As History, History As Art” film series and features Houshang Golmakani and Makhmalbaf, two of the most important participants of the Iranian New Wave who come together to give us a rare look at the relationship between personal history, ideology, and art. “Stardust Stricken” will be presented [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #173, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Artist and Vendor Call for Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle

Calling all musicians, actors, painters, card-readers, filmmakers, poets, dancers, storytellers, jugglers, fire-breathers, clowns, fairies, nymphs, and satyrs to take the stage and celebrate the arts in our community on Saturday, August 6 from 6-10pm at the 10th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle at the historic Fort East Martello Museum in Key West. Co-produced by Michael Shields’ Java Studios and the Key West Art & Historical Society to benefit KWAHS children’s educational programs, Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle celebrates the creative Keys community and gives [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #173, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Key West Art & Historic Society Joins Mel Fisher’s Treasures in Presenting Mel Fisher Days Festival to Benefit Wesley House Family Services

Key West Art & Historical Society joins Mel Fisher’s Treasures team this year in presenting Mel Fisher Days, a celebration of the rum-and-coke drinking, gold-chain-adorned Keys character remembered as “the world’s greatest treasure hunter” and a benefit for Wesley House Family Services, a not-for-profit organization whose programs provide crucial support to child welfare and family preservation throughout the Florida Keys. Slated for Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, this year’s festival features a treasure-trove of events ranging from the educational to the adventurous, including [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #173, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »