Mar 172017
Deportation of Two Legal Restaurant Workers: The Beginning of the End?

Commentary by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. The plane that carried Jean Dervil back to Haiti landed late Thursday in Port-au-Prince. With him were 250 more deportees from the United States. To put it mildly, it has been puzzling for our readers to watch our documentary about a beloved, hard-working Haitian man, married to an American citizen, and to come to the realization that it may now be the policy of the federal government to deport people with valid work permits. 

Mar 172017
Two Minutes Inside the Minds of “Anti-Immigrant Racists”

[Note from the editor: Our documentary last week about the unannounced detention, by ICE agents, of two Key West restaurant workers created quite a fire storm on our Facebook page.  The comment below from one viewer, Bill Carson, was so well written, helpful, and enlightening [in terms of understanding what’s fueling the sometimes harsh and critical reactions of our more conservative readers] that I asked if I could share it. Thank you, Mr. Carson, for taking the time to comment and for being willing to share it [continue reading…]

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Mar 172017
Chief Donie Lee Releases Review of Arrest of Homeless Man that Led to Officer Reprimand

This week the Blue Paper received a copy of KWPD’s investigation of the controversial arrest of a homeless man in front of the Key Plaza Publix grocery store on February 4th. The review by the Professional Standards Division resulted in a reprimand of Michael Chaustit, one of the officers involved. At the time, a legitimate story about use of force turned into an intense argument between Trump supporters and liberals on our Facebook page with the ‘blind yelling at the deaf’, about what the police should [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #210, News 14 Responses »
Mar 172017
Monroe County BOCC Approves Policy Changes to the Tourist Development Council

After a lively two-hour discussion, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved three policy changes to the Tourist Development Council at its Wednesday monthly meeting at the Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center. 1. The Commission voted 4-1 to increase the municipalities’ eligibility for reimbursement to up to 100 percent for brick and mortar capital projects using tourist development (bed tax) funds. Previously, the municipalities had been eligible for up to 50 percent reimbursement. (The County, the governing board of the Tourist Development Council, [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
Georgia Fugitive Arrested in Key West / Tracked Via CVS Rewards Card

Key West Police Detectives arrested a man wanted in Cobb County Georgia for an assortment of violent crimes. On March 15th, the KPWD Criminal Investigations Unit was informed by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office that Jamaal Seymour, 37, was possibly in Key West. Seymour was wanted on a number of counts, including aggravated assault with a weapon, false imprisonment, felony strangulation and possession of a firearm by a felon. A “be on the lookout” noted that Seymour should be considered armed and dangerous. Intelligence showed [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Mar 172017
Katherine Norris: "GOP Bill Trades Affordable Health Care for Millionaire Tax Breaks"

March 21, 2017 by Katherine Norris……. Dear Editor: The Republican healthcare repeal bill is exactly the kind of typical Reverse-Robin-Hood giveaway to the rich that we have come to expect from GOP lawmakers. The bill shifts nearly a trillion dollars in federal funding from the middle class and working families to wealthy people and health care corporations through tax breaks.

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #210, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 172017
FKMCD to Test Wolbachia Mosquitoes in Mid-April

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), in conjunction with MosquitoMate (, will be evaluating a new control method in the reduction and/or elimination of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are very difficult to control, can carry many diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya. FKMCD is constantly looking for new ways to eliminate this mosquito and prevent these diseases from entering our island communities. The field trial of this new method will begin in mid-April and will involve the release of [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:53 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Pompano Beach man charged with burglary A Pompano Beach man is under arrest, charged with burglary. The victim, a Marathon woman, got a call from her alarm company just after 1 p.m. Tuesday that someone had opened the door to the tool room at her home on 51st Street. She drove home to see what was happening and found 57 year old Donald Ahee standing in her yard. He was putting something inside his bag. As he was leaving her property on his bike, she [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
‘The Freedom to Marry’ Movie Comes to Key West; A Strong Connection to the Island Community

A ‘Pop up’ event of the Key West Film Festival, ‘The Freedom to Marry’ Movie will be shown 8 PM March 28th at the Key West Theater at 512 Eaton St in Key West. ‘The Freedom to Marry’ chronicles the hard work behind victory that led up to the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. The epic, nail-biting, untold story of how same-sex marriage became law of the land. It is an inspiring tale of how regular people can actually win and how activists [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #210, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
Monroe County TV to Premiere Featurette: "Monroe County Women's Month 2017

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, Monroe County TV is premiering an original featurette that showcases seven County women who have made significant contributions to the Keys. The featurette – called “Monroe County Women’s Month 2017” – premieres Sunday, March 19, at 5 p.m. on MCTV, which can be accessed on Comcast Channel 76, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and the Monroe County website: The program interviews: Sylvia Murphy – Monroe County Commissioner, District 5; Heather Carruthers – Monroe County Commissioner, District 3; Anne [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #210, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
New Community Mental Health Agency Opens in Key West

A new non-profit community substance abuse and mental health treatment agency is opening in Key West. Key Bridge, Inc. will be providing individual and group treatment for clients of all ages and their families. Organized in 2016, they opened their doors to the public this month and offer a complement of services. The staff at Key Bridge offers, substance abuse and mental health counseling, case management, and community resource information all through a generous sliding scale fee with fees starting at $15 for a one-hour [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #210, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 172017
Monroe County Repays Second $1 Million Installment to Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District

MONROE COUNTY REPAYS KEY LARGO WASTEWATER TREATMENT DISTRICT SECOND $1 MILLION INSTALLMENT FROM MAYFIELD GRANT AGREEMENT KEY LARGO, FL – At the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners meeting Wednesday, Mayor George Neugent presented the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District with a $1 million check, the second installment in a 10-year Interlocal Agreement regarding the distribution of $17 million in Mayfield Grant Funds for wastewater projects in the Keys. Monroe County and the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District entered into the Interlocal Agreement on May [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #210, News, Public Notice 4 Responses »
Mar 172017
The Moon and the Proverb

by Ray Jason……. It was the last full moon of winter. My little ship, which was facing north, gently veered around to the east – as though she too wanted to admire the luminous moon as it rose above this jungle lagoon. Some unknown instinct had prompted me to write this essay not in the daylight or not by lamplight, but under the spell of moonlight. I abide by such mysterious murmurings. So I sat on deck with my back leaning against the mast. In [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Island Voices, Issue #210 No Responses »
Mar 172017
Stranger Fruit Meets Rotten Fruit: Robert McCulloch and the Michael Brown Shooting

by Thomas L. Knapp……. As the 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was litigated in the court of public opinion, Ferguson’s police department released video which appeared to show Brown robbing a local store a few minutes before his fatal encounter with Wilson. A new documentary, Stranger Fruit, includes additional, mostly previously unnoticed, footage which seems to call that interpretation (and the attendant perception of Brown’s character) into question. Filmmaker Jason Pollock believes it shows that what happened [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #210, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Mar 172017
Sorry, Non-Interventionists: Donald Trump is a War President

by Thomas L. Knapp……. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump claimed to have opposed the Iraq war, wanted better relations with Russia, and even briefly put his hand on the hot stove of the Arab-Israeli conflict, calling himself “neutral” on Palestine. On the other hand, he called for “rebuilding” the US armed forces, which hardly need it (they’re already the most expensive and bloated war machine on the planet). And he yanked his hand off the stove when he got his fingers burnt, turning [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #210, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Mar 172017
Time to Be Anti-Social?

by Kim Pederson……. “The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight.” So goes the picture caption to a New Yorker article by Elizabeth Kolbert titled “Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds.” She begins her piece by describing a 1970s Stanford University research project that asked some undergraduates to distinguish between real and fake suicide notes. Some were told they did really well and some were told they did really poorly. In reality, they all did [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #210, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Mar 172017
The F E C Extension Series Postcards

The Matecumbe Historical Trust invites you a very special presentation on Monday, March 20th beginning at 6:30 pm at Island Community Church. Our friend, Professor Seth Bramson, the only person in the country who bears the official title of Company Historian with an American railroad, will present, for the first time ever shown in public: The F E C Extension Series Postcards. This is his first-ever power point presentation in which he will show us the nearly complete series from his collection (he has all [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #210, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
The Beer Wars: Delaware Brewery Forces Small Islamorada Brewery to Rename Their Beer

HOGFISH AMBER BECOMES SPEARFISH AMBER Florida Keys Brewing Company, the local brewery owned and operated by Craig and Cheryl McBay announced this week that their very popular American Amber Ale named Hogfish will be changing its name to Spearfish. The reason for the change came as quite a shock to the local brewers. Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton, DE threatened the small brewery with legal action if they did not change the name of their beer fearing that consumers would not be able to differentiate when [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Island Voices, Issue #210 No Responses »
Mar 172017
Last Chance to See Painter Eric Anfinson at SALT Gallery: Exhibit Ends March 30

Last Chance to see Painter Eric Anfinson at SALT Gallery: Exhibit Ends March 30—“An Early Fall,” 36 x 24, oil on Italian linen panel, is one of the new works presented by painter Eric Anfinson at SALT Gallery throughout the month of March. His “Beautiful Life” exhibit offers the viewer an intimate look at human forms that deftly explore emotional impact through many surprising layers. Fans and newcomers alike will not want to miss this exhibit at the 830 Fleming Street, which feature more than [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Art, Issue #210, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
Key West Art & Historical Society’s Film Series Continues with Buster Keaton’s 1926 Masterpiece Silent Film, “The General”

Is there a more perfect showcase for a film about a man and his beloved locomotive than the destination city of Henry Flagler’s railroad and the Key West museum that houses an exhibit in his name? On Thursday, March 30, Key West Art & Historical Society’s film series continues with Buster Keaton’s 1926 masterpiece silent film, “The General,” set to show at 6:00 p.m. in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum. The story of Confederate railway engineer Johnny Gray (Keaton), [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #210, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
Papio's Pals Kick in K’s for Artist and School Efforts in Upcoming Kinetic Extravaganza

Historic Tours of America has wheeled its train into the “Papio’s Pals” station with a $2500 donation to Key West Art & Historical Society. The funds are earmarked to sponsor five artists eager to put their engineering genius to play in the creation of kinetic sculpture floats for the upcoming second annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Bike Parade, set for May 6. Inspired by and named for the late Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #210, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 172017
(FKSCC) Monthly SHOW & SHINE this Sunday, Noon to 3pm

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW &SHINE this Sunday,March 19th. Noon to 3pm. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, Ratrods, lowriders, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here. This fun afternoon event is free to all, starts at noon till 3pm . The event continues at the Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key.MM17. Prizes, 50/50 good food and cold [continue reading…]

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #210, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »