Commentary by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. The Blue Paper obtained ICE’s response to questions about the recent summary deportation of Key West workers holding valid work permits.
by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. If you’re like us, you probably think, what in the world is a Sanctuary City or County? Some sort of governmental civil disobedience? This week we followed the case of an immigration “hold” detainee at the county jail where we learned of the Monroe County Sheriff’s position on the subject. In the following order: Monroe County is not a sanctuary county, then it is, and then it is not.
by Naja Girard…. Dear Future Florida Keys Residents, In 2015, a small group of caring community members made a big difference. They fought to protect the beautiful Florida Keys offshore environment. They were able to convince Monroe County to install and use a deep injection well instead of the shallow wells already approved for the disposal of wastewater effluent at the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. This was no easy task, it took strong voices, thick skin, hours upon hours of research, not to mention some of their hard-earned [continue reading…]
Hometown! Key West, formerly known as Hometown PAC, is calling all members, future members, candidates, incumbents, prospective candidates and those merely testing the waters to a CALL for CANDIDATES on Monday, April 3, 2017, 5 pm at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach, Key West. Attendance is free. THE 2018 local elections in Monroe County include State and U.S. Representatives, two County Commission seats, City of Key West Mayor and three Key West City Commission seats, three Monroe County School Board and two Florida Keys Mosquito Control [continue reading…]
by Thomas L. Knapp……. In the latest round of saber-rattling between the US and North Korean governments, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid down the well-worn line. “All options,” he said during a visit to South Korea, “are on the table.” If he’s serious, here’s an option that never seems to get much discussion lately: US president Donald Trump should send Tillerson to tell Yun Byung-se, his counterpart in Seoul, that the US is withdrawing its troops from the Korean peninsula by a specific [continue reading…]
by Kim Pederson……. I’ve broken a solemn vow. When Survivor debuted about a hundred years ago or so, I said I would never watch a “reality” show. I managed to keep my self-promise until now. What happened? Hekla, Katla, Vigdis, Bubbi, and Por — that’s what happened. You might think these are Norse gods of some ilk or perhaps the participants in a Norwegian version of Big Brother, which would be Storebror if you want to get picky. However, these five individuals are neither superhuman [continue reading…]
by Kirby Congdon……. Does the reader of these words have a box of photographs he can’t get rid of? Aunt Mildred’s graduation, from whatever it was, can however be more than just a document. You can’t clean house and throw her out. It’s a part of your life, too. And what about your brother’s stamp collection that he took years to assemble? That is part of his life as well. As a friend reminded me, even a family full of human beings is a collection [continue reading…]
by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, Term limits. How do you feel about term limiting elected officials? If you’re like three out of four of other Americans, you are in favor of term limits. Term limiting elected officials is becoming the new norm. Here in Florida our state legislators and our governor are term limited. In many Florida counties, cities, and municipalities the voters have decided that elected county and local board members must be term limited. A number of years ago certain board members of [continue reading…]
A film forum sponsored by the Tennessee Williams Exhibit as part of its annual Birthday Celebration for the playwright is set for Monday, March 27 at the Tropic Cinema. A champagne reception will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m., followed by the forum scheduled from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Discussion will be led by Shirrel Rhoades, local film critic and publisher, and will focus on Williams’ ties with Hollywood and his foray into screenwriting, with particular attention given to three of his films recently [continue reading…]
The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade— a family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade that celebrates creativity and innovation—is just around the bend, set to roll through downtown Key West on Saturday, May 6th, along with a bevy of special accompanying events on Friday the 5th and Sunday the 7th. While many are “gearing up” their kinetic creations, some might be wondering, just who exactly is Papio, and why a parade named after him? “Barefoot” Stanley Papio was a man whose ingenuity and spirit sparked [continue reading…]
25 youths that participated in the first annual Spring Break Coral Camp last week. Although our days snorkeling in Key West Marine Park, in the back country with Danger Charters and two days at the Reef with Fury and Sebago were chilly, the campers had blast and learned a lot about local Coral Reef Ecosystem. Photo courtesy Reef Relief staff.
What do bananas, the overthrow of a government, and Henry Flagler have in common? Attend Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, April 6 from 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Tropic Cinema to find out. John Blades, recently retired director of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, will share tales of Sam Zemurray, the businessman who purchased Flagler’s former yacht ‘Alicia’ to help stage a Honduran revolution to save his banana business and eventually influenced the establishment of the State of Israel. The Distinguished Speaker [continue reading…]
Key West Art & Historical Society took Horace O’Bryant Elementary and Middle School ESL students on a history and engineering journey as they delved into the ‘Overseas Railroad’ STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) workshop on Wednesday, March 22 at Fort East Martello Museum. The hands-on workshop, which ordinarily travels to schools throughout South Florida and is funded by a William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust grant, helps students study the engineering practices of Henry Flager’s principle engineer and seasoned bridge builder Joseph Caroll Meredith [continue reading…]
Powered by the creativity and whimsy of artists and assemblers of all ages, the Second Annual Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade will roll through downtown Key West on May 6, and there is currently more than $7,000 in support funds earmarked for participating artists and schools. Available funds come in the form of ten $500 sponsorships for artists and five $400 scholarships for schools, made possible by ‘Papio Pals’ Historic Tours of America and Margaritaville Resort and Marina. Those interested [continue reading…]
Mystery Fest Key West has announced a call for entries for this year’s Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Fest Key West 2017 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights, meals and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 16-18 in Key West, Florida. Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks and supported by the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida [continue reading…]
Highly-regarded chamber music ensemble Imani Winds will visit Key West for an Impromptu Concert performance at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. A quintet of skilled and spirited musicians, Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States, performing works from the classical tradition to contemporary compositions and jazz. In addition to the group’s performances in the nation’s major concert halls, Imani has traveled internationally to China, Singapore, Brazil [continue reading…]
The Friends of the Key West Library’s final book sale of the season takes place on Saturday, April 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming St. Stock up on summer reading. Both fiction and non-fiction are available. Proceeds go to the library’s programs, books, and equipment. Also, check out the ongoing in-library book sales. Baked goods will be provided by the southernmost Boys and Girls Club. For more information, call 305-394-7148.
In a benefit for the Conch Republic Foster Children’s Fund administered by Wesley House Family Services, Rick’s/Durty Harry’s, 202 Duval St, past queen, Leigha Fox and current queen Julie Waters will host the Royal Investiture Party to elect a Royal Family for the Conch Republic on Saturday, April 22nd starting at 6 p.m. Funds raised each year to pay for special items for foster children in Monroe County like, prom dresses, class rings, sports uniforms and equipment, and other items not covered by state dollars. [continue reading…]
By Land or By Sea, let’s clean up our mangroves and seawall! Commissioner Sam Kaufman invites the public to join him in a kayak cleanup along North Roosevelt from 9 a.m. until noon, on Saturday, March 25th. The cleanup crew will be leaving from Ibis Bay at Sigsbee Road. Parking is limited, so participants are urged to park at either Searstown or Key Plaza and use the crosswalk at Kennedy. Pickers, gloves and trash bags will be provided. Lazy Dog Outfitters and Ibis Bay Paddlesports [continue reading…]
During the week of Monday March 27th to Sunday April 2nd, employees from ten of the largest employers in the city of Key West will be earning points for reporting their green methods for travelling to and from work. The 3rd Annual Green Commute Challenge sets a rivalry between the city’s largest employers because those employers can make the most difference in going green. This year’s challengers include: the City of Key West, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, Southernmost Beach Resort, Florida [continue reading…]
Matecumbe Historical Trust Presents 29 Points of Interest A Trolley Tour through Time On the Islands of Islamorada Saturday March 25 Islamorada Moose Lodge, 81573 Old Hwy. The tours will begin at the Islamorada Moose Lodge, 81573 Old Highway starting at 10:00 am. The tours will take approximately one hour. Reservations are recommended due to demand. Tickets may be purchased on site. Adults are $15.00 a person, children six and under are free. A staffed tent will provide information, ticket purchase, books, t-shirts, historic photographs [continue reading…]
Meet the Restaurateur-Turned-Artist Who Collected Stone in Michelangelo’s Quarry Gildea Contemporary Gallery will host the exclusive premiere of new works by local sculptor Sally Wernicoff in a show titled Visions in Stone, opening Thursday, March 30th at the gallery at 522 Southard St. The artist will appear in person to tell the story of her latest creations from 7-10pm that evening. After showing an early childhood interest in fashion, design, and sewing, Sally Wernicoff was invited to teach adult cooking classes after high school. Eventually, [continue reading…]
If learning about the island’s holistic and creative business community while sipping on organic tea with like-minded people sounds like an afternoon made for you, The Green Pineapple Wellness Center on 1130 Duval Street has the perfect monthly offering. “Let’s Tea Party” starts Saturday, March 25th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, with this month’s gathering featuring holistic entrepreneur Karen Moore of Zen jewelry, with complimentary organic tea and special discounts on retail and services. “The Green Pineapple is always working on ways to create space for [continue reading…]
Dennis McCaughey & Heather Douthit Plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon Dennis McCaughey, lead vocals, rhythm guitar and harmonica for the trop-rock band Tropical Soul, joined this trip with Heather Douthit, will play the Hog’s Breath Saloon, March 27 – April 2, 5:30-9:30 p.m. McCaughey formed Tropical Soul twelve years ago, and prior to that, has been a member of the duos, Double Play and Jigsaw and his resume also includes a solo career that lasted several years. He has released four CDs, Days like These, [continue reading…]
Appearing Locally at: COWBOY BILLS March 25th Showtime: 9:30 PM Meet ZACH STONE, Country Music’s “fresh face!” The “ball of fire” hit Nashville with intent to make his mark. While attending the prestigious Belmont University where he graduated with a Music Business degree (alma mater to award-winning trendsetters Josh Turner, Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley and more), Stone was named Belmont’s “Best of The Best” (an industry showcase that spotlights the most promising talent from a pool of more than 8000 students). He captured the attention [continue reading…]
On March 14th Mayor Craig Cates partnered with Bethel AME Church, the Department of Juvenile Justice, Island Bicycles, Publix grocery stores and other community partners to bring to fruition the Wheels to Work program. Wheels to Work is a local effort made possible through partnerships by which deserving youth are matched with employment opportunities in Key West and coupled with a means of transportation in order to get to work. Mayor Cates and Dave Harris, owner of Island Bicycles were able to provide six Electra [continue reading…]
City Manager Jim Scholl, during last night’s City Commission meeting, thanked retiring Transit Director Norman Whitaker for his service to the City. “He brought with him 35 years of experience,” Scholl said, commending him on his accomplishments during his three years with the City: upgrading an aging fleet of buses, bringing a hybrid bus into the fleet, transitioning to a new transit facility. He also commended Whitaker for introducing new rates for seniors, including one day a month when anyone over 60 rides free anywhere. [continue reading…]
City Manager Jim Scholl, the City Commission and the City’s Building Official Ron Wampler last night wished Building Inspector Terrence Richardson a good retirement. Richardson has been with the City for 13 years. The Key West Chamber of Commerce named him Employee of the Year for 2016. Wampler noted that Richardson has four state licenses, and that it will take two people to fill his shoes. Scholl complemented Richardson on his dedication, and added that Richardson has maintained to good working relationship with the contractors [continue reading…]
Music Together in the Keys will host a free class at the Key West Library’s Story Time sessions 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, and 11 a.m. Friday, March 24. The research, science-based Music Together program makes positive, lasting changes to young, developing minds. It depends on parent/caregiver participation, too. Two registered teachers will lead songs, dancing and a jam session for all. Bring your children to the library, 700 Fleming St. For more information on Story Time, visit www.keyslibraries.org or call (305) 292-3595. For more [continue reading…]