Jan 092015
What The Fest?

by JD Adler Fantasy Fest Since 1979, Key West has hosted an annual bacchanal called Fantasy Fest.  Initiated as an attempt to draw tourists, it has by that measure been wildly successful. Tourists and locals alike revel in the opportunity for open celebration every year. Vendors and the marketers rake in significant stacks of cash.  It also has its detractors, and every few years the calls for reform rise to a crescendo. Another tide of reform appears to be rising this year. This last successfully [continue reading…]

 January 9, 2015  Posted by at 7:07 am * Featured Story *, Issue #96, JD Adler 4 Responses »
Jan 092015
Good Morning Florida Keys with Jenna Stauffer Featuring Michael Halpern

Key West attorney and philanthropist Michael Halpern talks with Good Morning Florida Keys about his newest project, the Michelle Keevan Halpern Center for Learning. The Center will offer free academic tutoring and counseling to students who are at a risk of dropping out of school. It will also provide academic support services to both middle and high school students. For more great interviews from Good Morning Florida Keys with Jenna Stauffer click here.

 January 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Island Voices, Issue #96 No Responses »
Jan 092015
Florida Senate Examines Police Brutality & Excessive Use of Force...

by John Donnelly How many times have FDLE Investigators discovered evidence that indicated a law-enforcement officer had committed a crime? On how many occasions were ‘criminally deficient cops’ brought to trial and found guilty? The following excerpts (In bold black print) were taken from a brilliantly authored document that was prepared by Chairman Allison DeFoor’s “Project on Accountable Justice”. It was examined on Monday (1-5-15) by the Florida Senate. This manuscript identifies in part, a disturbing ‘investigative relationship’ that exists between the Florida Department of [continue reading…]

 January 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #96, John Donnelly 8 Responses »
Jan 092015
This Cannot Be Happening

by Alex Symington I cannot be alone in my shock and disbelief at the US Supreme Court’s recent eight to one ruling that severely weakens our fourth amendment rights. I’ve taken the liberty to refresh your memory …, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and [continue reading…]

 January 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Alex Symington, Issue #96 5 Responses »
Jan 092015
An Open Letter To New DEP Secretary From Dump The Pumps

Dump the Pumps, Inc. P.O. Box 1956 Big Pine Key, FL 33043 January 09, 2015 Jonathan P. Steverson Office of the Secretary Florida Department of Environmental Protection 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 49 Tallahassee, Florida 32399 Dear Mr. Steverson: We are a collection of citizens in the Florida Keys with grave concerns about environmental regulation, or rather, lack thereof. You are no doubt aware that the Florida Keys are legally designated an Area of Critical Concern, situate in a National Marine Sanctuary having Outstanding Florida Waters. [continue reading…]

 January 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #96, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jan 092015
Open The Driver's Side Door, Skippy

by Michael Alan I think it all started when we took Skippy to the car dealer in Miami for a minor recall. It was just a quick airbag-bolt torque but, in retrospect, it marked a turning point in our relationship. Now I can see the signs that I failed to notice at the time. Skippy is of South Korean extraction and named after a town in Arizona (Tuscon, not Skippy). So it is natural that Skippy has issues. The trip to the dealer seemed to [continue reading…]

 January 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Island Voices, Issue #96, Michael Alan 1 Response »
Jan 092015
An Open Letter To John Dick

John: We need your help. More than ever, we need your help. When you were elected to the School Board, you made it your mission to restrain, ideally reduce, the size of the District administration. Generally speaking, you were successful and the voters rewarded you with reelection twice. A noteworthy exception to restraining administrative growth came early in the Porter administration when the Board acceded to the creation of a new, six-figure position—Executive Director of Operations and Planning. Superintendent Porter said that he needed someone [continue reading…]

 January 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #96, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jan 092015
Dennis Reeves Cooper On Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

By now, you have probably heard the news from Paris: A little newspaper was raided by presumably Islamic terrorists after the paper published cartoons which made fun of the prophet Muhammad. At least 10 employees of the paper were shot dead. Back in 2006, employees at a Danish newspaper received death threats after publishing similar cartoons. This became an international story– although management of most media made the decision not to re-publish the actual cartoons. Here in Key West, however, I made the decision to [continue reading…]

Jan 092015
Je Suis Charlie

Dear Naja: Yes, I’ve been reading The Blue Paper for the past few weeks, but have not been moved to write you due to excesses of the frantic holidays. However, the recent developments of 2015 have shocked my senses of human dignity and civil rights as well as international warfare. Specifically, I’m talking about today’s horrendous happening in Paris around noon – their time. As I write this at 7:30 – our time – I believe they have rounded up the three young terrorists who [continue reading…]

 January 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #96, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jan 092015
Key West Art & Historical Society Opens Hemingway Exhibit With an Eco-Historic Twist

  On Friday, January 9th, Key West Art & Historical Society will present their latest exhibit in the Bryan Gallery of the Custom House Museum—Following the Fish: Hemingway in Key West. The exhibit will explore Hemingway’s fishing exploits and showcase antique fishing tackle utilized during the period of his fishing heyday here in the Florida Keys. It will also expose Hemingway as a preservationist with an awareness for the conservation for our local environment. “His footprint in this sphere—aside from writing—is quite substantial,” says Cori [continue reading…]

 January 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #96, Special Events No Responses »