Mar 032017
Officer Reprimanded for "Attitude Arrest " of Homeless Man

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. A Blue Paper report about the rough arrest of Kristopher Knight in front of Key West’s Publix grocery store last month created quite a stir among our readers. The initial bystander video showed Mr. Knight screaming in pain while Key West police officers were handling him. His hands were already cuffed and his legs had been tied with some sort of leash [a hobble strap]. It was not clear what kind of resistance the short 25-year-old would still have been able to [continue reading…]

Mar 032017
Guest Column: Key Haven Failures and New Development

by Margaret Blank……. Update: I emailed county staff asking about this one. I copied members of the Keys media, too. That’s my new thing. If I hear anything (doubtful!) I’ll let you know. I was perusing Monroe County’s Comprehensive Plan Update the other day and I saw something very interesting. Objective 901.1 Monroe County shall ensure that, at the time a certificate of occupancy, or its functional equivalent is issued, adequate sanitary wastewater treatment and disposal facilities, including wastewater treatment facilities and onsite sewage treatment [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #208, Margaret Blank 5 Responses »
Mar 032017
The Last Open Lot

by Ben Volpian……. It appears that in the near future there will be a combined meeting of the Key West City Commission, the Bahama Village Redevelopment Advisory Committee (BVRAC) and the Truman Waterfront Advisory Board (TWAB), of which I am a member, but writing here as a private citizen. I’m not sure if this meeting will be a tug-of-war or a food fight (build vs. don’t build – build vs. don’t build), because I’m guessing that the main topic to be discussed will be – to [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:09 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #208 2 Responses »
Mar 032017
Synopsis of Commissioner Romero's Community Meeting & Questionnaire Responses

Dear Community Members, I apologize for the delay in putting together and getting out to you the synopsis of our community meeting held on February 6th. I have previously tried to have the synopsis out to you within two weeks. I hope you will be understanding of the delay. I spent many hours in research and data preparation, as well as question preparation, for two major recent items – the amphitheater item and the use of a City Hall property for $1.00 per year as [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:09 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice 5 Responses »
Mar 032017
Sanctuary Cities and Immigrant Rights to Headline ACLU Town Hall/Forum in March

The Florida Keys Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of will hold a town hall forum, “Key West: Sanctuary City? A Conversation about Immigrant Rights,” on March 9 from 7 – 9 PM at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave, Key West. The forum is free and open to the public. Panelists are: FIU Professor Erik Camayd-Freixas; Key West Immigration Attorney Wayne Dapser, Jonathan Fried, executive director of We-Count! ; and Howard Simon, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida. Former Columbia [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
The War on Marijuana is Ending. Disarm Jeff Sessions.

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Jeff Sessions doesn’t “think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot.” He’s worried about the possibility of “marijuana being sold at every corner grocery store.” Because, you see, “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” America disagrees. A majority of US states (28) have modified their laws to recognize the medical benefits of cannabis over the last two decades. More recently voters in eight of those states, representing 25% [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #208, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Mar 032017
The Immigration Enforcement Police State is Here

by Thomas L. Knapp……. February 7: Muhammad Ali, Jr., returning to the US from a speaking engagement in Jamaica, is detained for two hours at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and questioned about his name and religious beliefs. February 22: Passengers disembarking from a domestic (San Francisco to New York) flight at JFK airport are held up by US Customs and Border Protection agents demanding their IDs. February 24: Jeffrey Tucker of the Foundation for Economic Education clears the usual security checks at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am Issue #208, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Mar 032017
Man Found Dead on Lower Matecumbe Key

A man reported missing from Winter Garden, Florida was found dead in a wooded area of Lower Matecumbe Key Monday afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office received a call from Winter Garden Police regarding missing person Eric Russel Noyes, 53 years of age. They said they had information from a cell phone ping that Noyes was on Lower Matecumbe Key. They had information he might be staying in a wooded area near the Safari Lounge and Caloosa Cove Marina. Just south of that area, Deputy Ralph Williams [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
Amphitheater Construction Underway

The community could almost hear the strummin’ of the six-string today as they gathered at the Truman Waterfront Park for the groundbreaking for the new amphitheater. Among the shovel-toting dignitaries were members of the City Commission as well as J.L. Jamison, Jimmy Buffett’s stage manager. Jamison has been working as with the City regarding the sound design of the new facility. The amphitheater, which will provide a gathering space for a variety of community events, is expected to be completed in late September.

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #208, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 032017
A Pantheist Makes a Pilgrimage

by Ray Jason……. My heroes do not score touchdowns or lead armies or star in movies. Instead, those in my Pantheon think deeply and dream elegantly and write poetically. They are secular saints, who tried to decipher the mysteries of the human condition and who shared their discoveries with all of us. Out of reverence for their quests, I have tried to visit some of the places that were crucial to their personal and artistic development. I sat on the stone foundation of Thoreau’s tiny [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Island Voices, Issue #208 1 Response »
Mar 032017
Deepity Doodoo

by Kim Pederson……. The day after President Trump’s first state of the union address that for some reason they don’t call the SUA for a first timer, it seems appropriate to bring up the concept of deepity (thanks, Randy!). Deepity is a word not coined but adopted by philosopher Daniel Dennett. According to Wikipedia, Dennett used “deepity” for a statement that is apparently profound, but is actually trivial on one level and meaningless on another. Generally, a deepity has two (or more) meanings: one that [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #208, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Mar 032017

What features are there to see when a creature’s size is beyond recall and the smallest measuring stick ignores the larger need for human sight to detect details as a face with eyes if that body’s head can only be defined as a period’s pin prick dropped from some forgotten page? Should we revere a nonentity with neither name nor thought or ever envy those who fly when we see how bugs, given wings, identify their annoying lives with the gift of flight by flying [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:49 am Issue #208, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Mar 032017
Open Letter To The School Board

by Dr. Larry Murray……. I have repeatedly raised the issue of MCSD having appropriate policies for the processing of Public Records Requests. After several conversations, it occurs to me that I may have been using the wrong term and thus confusing matters. Yes, MCSD does have very general policies regarding Public Records. What it does not have are WRITTEN PROCEDURES for processing Public Records Requests. There is nothing that identifies to whom a request should be sent and who is responsible for both the processing [continue reading…]

Mar 032017
Many Questions about Purchase of Fish House on Stock Island

An Open Letter to the County Mayor and County Commissioners Dear County Commissioners: Before you buy the fish house on Stock Island what is your business plan? Some Questions: 1. Will the docks and land be “free” to the fishermen? 2. If not then what will be the charge per square foot of land and or the dock space assigned to each boat? 3. Will taxes be assessed and paid for by the users or tenants. 4. Will the “sales tax” revenues being used to [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #208, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 032017
Key West - Welcoming City?

by M.J. Taylor……. At least 10 US cities have reaffirmed their status as Sanctuary Cities in recent weeks, despite being in Trump’s crosshairs – and Key West, while not officially a Sanctuary City, reaffirmed its motto, One Human Family in early December. One city commissioners, Jimmy Weekley, would like to see the city declare itself a “Welcoming City” if not a Sanctuary City, per se. Key West police officers already have a “hands off” policy when it comes to immigrant status. It is not routine [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #208, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 032017
Captain Ed's Public Comment on Spin Doctor Hire

by Capt Ed Davidson, Chairman, Fl Keys Citizens Coalition, former SclBd Dist 3……. Draft notes of School Board mtg Public Comment Tue 28 Feb by Capt Ed Like many other expensive new positions added to the School District payroll by the Porter Administration (more than a few in the $100,000 range), the long-sought-after Spin Doctor is going to be paid a lot of tax payers’ money to perform duties that were formerly part of Mark Porter’s original job description, but have now become part of his [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #208, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Mar 032017
Former FHP Trooper Arrested

Former FHP Trooper, Dentist and Body Shop Owner Charged Alleged Hit and Run with Serious Injury, False Police Report and Insurance Fraud Lead to Arrests MIAMI DADE, Fla. – As a result of a joint investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, the Miami Beach Police Department, the Miami-Dade Police Department and Florida’s Division of Insurance Fraud. Former Florida Highway Patrol Trooper David Casillas, automobile body shop owner Ariel Perera, and Miami Beach dentist Jesus Enrique Del Valle have been charged with [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Mar 032017
Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade—Call for Artists, Builders, Assemblers

The Key West Art & Historical Society invites artists, builders and assemblers to put their creative and engineering genius to play and on display for the Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for May 5-7. Small and simple or elegantly engineered, teams of any number and age are welcome to enter this pedaled or pushed sculpture parade. Registration is $25 for kinetic sculpture floats and $15 for art bikes, with registration fees waived for Society members. Cash prizes will be awarded [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:39 am Art, Issue #208, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 032017
Transit Job Fair

Don’t miss the bus! Learn what it takes to become a City of Key West bus driver and earn a starting wage of $15.39 per hour. The City of Key West is holding a two job fairs to recruit drivers for our transit system. There are full time and part time positions available and training for qualified applicants. The job fairs will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday, March 8th and 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 11th at the Transit [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Mar 032017
Go Play Outside! Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges’ Outdoor Fest Offers Lots for Kids of All Ages

Over the last few years, studies in science indicate that spending time in nature comes with many benefits, including physical health and mental wellness. When it comes to kids, the benefits can also help develop a sense of connection — not only to the plants and animals around them, but to themselves, each other, and their families. For kids living in and visiting the Florida Keys, there are plenty of year-round reasons to get outside, and with all that’s offered in the four Florida Keys [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #208, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 032017
55th Annual Conk Honk!

Saturday, March 4th at Noon Honk if you love Key West! Old Island Restoration Foundation hosts the 55th annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest honoring one historic use of that giant mollusk. The event, in the garden of the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street, is free for contestants and spectators of all ages – musical aptitude not required! Refreshments and conch shells available for purchase on site. Details at

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #208, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 032017
Paradise Paint Out Raises $71,000 to Support Monroe County's At-Risk Children and Families

TAVERNIER, FL – February 28, 2017. The Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (Children’s Shelter) hosted the Paradise Paint Out 2017 (PPO) on January 11-19, 2017. This first time event for the Children’s Shelter raised $71,000 which directly benefits their five programs serving the at-risk children and families of Monroe County, Florida. Bill Mann, Co-CEO, Children’s Shelter states “We are grateful for the community support as the monies raised helps to provide the much needed free programming we make available to all residents”. The nine-day paint out [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #208, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 032017
Key West Art & Historical Society Film Series Continues at Custom House Museum with “I am Cuba”

Key West Art & Historical Society’s film series continues on Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street with “Soy Cuba” (I am Cuba) a Cuban-Soviet co-production filmed following the Cuban missile crisis as an anti-American propaganda film, which has been described as “a visual masterpiece.” Released in 1964, “I am Cuba” was not shown in the U.S. until 1992, when through the efforts of Pacific Archives film curator Edith Kramer and [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #208, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 032017
Unique Birding and Nature Opportunities at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges

For the Birds – Unique Outdoor Guided Birding Adventures in the four Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges suitable for beginners and experts alike. Saturday, March 11: 7:30am-9:00 am. In Key Largo at Crocodile Lake NWR – A behind the scenes walk into the refuge with experienced birder Trevor Watts. Meander the tropical hardwood hammock towards the edge of a mangrove forest to witness avian diversity during the spring migration. Cost=FREE (wear light long pants and shirt, bring bug spray) Wednesday, March 15: 10:00am-12:00pm Boca Grande [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #208, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 032017
Yellowstone Plots Bandwith Explosion

New Towers and Major Facility Expansion Violate Laws and Park Service Policies Washington, DC — Yellowstone National Park is pressing ahead with a massive commercial cellular expansion that breaks key laws and agency rules. Today, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) asked the National Park Service (NPS) to review these violations, discipline the responsible officials, and take steps to ensure future compliance. The multi-part project entails a more than a fifty-fold increase in bandwidth, bathing the park and much of its remote backcountry with 4G [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
Conservation Groups and Citizens Tell Congress: ‘We Stand Together for Birds’

As Congress and the Administration consider major policy changes affecting birds and public lands, hundreds of conservation groups, birdwatching clubs, and wildlife rehabilitators, along with tens of thousands of individual citizens, have endorsed a Together for Birds petition asking lawmakers to continue advancing bird conservation. The petition and endorsements were delivered to Trump administration officials and congressional leaders today. “The American people love birds, and the current administration and 115th Congress have an opportunity to make a real difference to reverse current population declines, restore [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
Infant/Child CPR Classes Offered in Marathon and Key West

If your child was choking, would you know what to do? If your baby stopped breathing, do you know how to respond? The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition invites all parents and caregivers to attend a CPR class in Marathon or Key West to learn invaluable life-saving skills. The class will cover infant/child CPR, choking prevention, poison control, shaken baby prevention, and basic first aid. Participants will Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Ready Reference to take home. To keep costs affordable, it is taught by a Red [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #208, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 032017
Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Stipends for Kinetic Coaches in Schools

The Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade is set for May 5-7, and the Key West Art & Historical Society seeks artists to help students in schools prepare and create dynamic moving artworks using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) principals. Selected artists will receive a $1200 stipend to conduct a brainstorming session and two three-hour workshops with students at two different schools, presenting information on kinetic art principles and application, and team mobile sculpture idea development and production. “Artists will [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #208, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 032017
Tennessee Williams Exhibit Celebrates Playwright’s 106th Birthday

The Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit is offering a series of cultural events throughout March and early April that celebrate the 106th anniversary of the March 26th birthday of the iconic playwright. Activities include the screening of a series of classic films written for the screen by Williams that will be shown at the Tropic Cinema on March 6, 13, and 20 at 6 p.m. Also being offered are contests in three areas associated with Williams’ multiple talents: plein air painting of an image of [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #208, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 032017
Author Diana Abu-Jaber Will Speak At Friends of the Library Series March 13

Monday, March 13 the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome well-known author, Diana Abu-Jaber to the podium for its ongoing lecture series. The talks are at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. and begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first served basis. Admission is free. Diana Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse, New York to an American mother and a Jordanian father. Her family moved to Jordan a few times throughout her childhood, and elements of [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #208, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 032017
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photo Club Meeting: Wed. March 8th

Looking for a new adventure? We invite you to attend the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photography Club meeting. We welcome everyone, from beginners wanting to learn, to experienced photographers who want to share their expertise. Together we’ll explore the natural areas of the Florida Keys looking for great photography opportunities and stories to share. Bring 3-5 photos to share. Learn about our upcoming field trips and photo classes. Photo Club President Joe Gilroy will be teaching wildlife photography skills. The meeting is scheduled for [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Art, Issue #208, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 032017
March & April Events at TSKW

BEN PEGG & KYLA PISCOPINK Fri Mar 10, 8PM The Studios of Key West Local talents Kyla Piscopink and Ben Pegg join forces for a night of original music and choreography. The innovative founder of Dance Key West, Kyla tells stories through a combination of structured movement and improvisation. Ben Pegg’s smooth vocals recall the late Jeff Buckley and his virtuosic guitar playing is rightly compared to Michael Hedges and Stanley Jordan. For Tickets and more information check

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #208, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »