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Eimers Case: Accusations of Perjury and Destruction of Evidence Could Land Default Judgment In Favor of Eimers Family

by Naja and Arnaud Girard [SEE VIDEO DEPOSITIONS BELOW] Attorneys in the federal wrongful death case filed by the Eimers family against KWPD officers and the City of Key West were heard for the first time before Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman on Plaintiffs’ Motion For Sanctions. In their motion the family accuses Defendants of perjury and destruction of evidence. The City filed a 24-page response to try to curb the damage done by an unexpected video that appears to contradict sworn statements made by several police officers involved [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:30 am * Featured Story *, Issue #98 15 Responses »
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Mortgage Fraud Investigation of FDLE Agent Kathy Smith Ongoing

by Naja and Aranud Girard The home that landed FDLE Agent Kathy Smith in the center of a mortgage fraud investigation is now being foreclosed on. We learned this week that on December 15, 2014, Capital One N.A. filed a foreclosure action against the home on 1 Emerald Drive in Big Coppitt. According to a local financial analyst [who asked to remain anonymous] any potential charges that may be filed against Agent Smith could become more serious if the lender ends up suffering a loss after foreclosure. The [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:25 am * Featured Story *, Issue #98 4 Responses »
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F.E.B. Corporation Argues Against Offshore Island Moratorium / BOCC Remains Steadfast

Attorney Barton Smith, clarified his relationship with Roger Bernstien’s F.E.B. Corporation on Wednesday.  On behalf of the would-be developer of Wisteria Island, Smith attempted to convince the Board of County Commissioners to change their minds about establishing a moratorium on new offshore island development. The Commission, in a unanimous decision, moved forward with steps to enact the moratorium despite Smith’s arguments that the moratorium was not needed. See related articles:   David Wolkowski:  “God Wasn’t On Duty One Day” Last Minute Moratorium Saves Offshore Islands From [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:22 am * Featured Story *, Issue #98, News No Responses »
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Grinder Pumps Opposition Gets Hearing

by Rick Boettger The organization Dump the Pumps finally got a court hearing in its suit to halt the installation of grinder pumps up the Keys. Judge Wayne Miller heard arguments from Dump the Pumps on one side and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, in charge of installing the pumps, and the Department of Environmental Protection on the other. Judge Miller explained the long delay Dump the Pumps had in getting a hearing as due in part to three of eight judges being missing from [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:20 am Issue #98, Rick Boettger 2 Responses »
Jan 232015
Cannabis Freedom Riders Arrive in Key West

by JD Adler Cannabis Freedom Riders, USA On a cool, cloudy, January 16, I caught up with the Cannabis Freedom Riders, USA as they pulled into Boyd’s Camp Ground on Stock Island. This was not their first ride across Florida, or even America for that matter. They’ve crossed 24 states since 2006 promoting their mission, some multiple times; including Florida in support of the referendum on Amendment 2 in 2014. After the long bicycle ride from Tallahassee; Kenneth and Shirley Locke, their 4 kids, and their [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:15 am Issue #98, JD Adler, News No Responses »
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by Jerome Grapel Over the last ¼ century or so, what seems to have taken residence at the core of the American narrative is fear. We are all supposed to be afraid of so many things — Arabs, North Koreans, Moslems, hackers, terrorists and mischief makers of various stripes all hell bent on bringing down the virgin purity of the drive-thru life style. Ergo, since our nation is the undisputed leader in the Disneyland happiness the rest of the world can only envy and resent, [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #98 12 Responses »
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COME SHARE A GOOD TIME WITH FANS OF THE BLUE PAPER… THE CONCH SHOW… A monthly, open talent show with prizes and drink specials at Turtle Kraals. Loosely based on the 1970s TV show, “The Gong Show”. Proceeds support Key West the Newspaper.  

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:07 am Issue #98 No Responses »
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Get Me A Tissue...

by John Donnelly A pampered society, which rebukes the notion that character building, spiritual growth, self-esteem and gratitude are developed and advanced through one’s personal struggles, has set out to insulate our children and citizenry from the normal patterns of growth acquired via facing and mastering difficult situations. The ‘nanny state’ has conditioning the populace to rely upon someone or something else to do their thinking and take care of them, thus promoting weak minds and a deadened spirit. For the most part, the educational [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #98 16 Responses »
Jan 232015

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers (District 3) has rescheduled her Town Hall Meeting in order to accommodate the Key West City Commission’s Special Meeting. Carruthers’ Town Hall Meeting is now scheduled for Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Harvey Government Center located in the Historic Truman School at 1200 Truman Avenue, Key West. More information regarding the rescheduled Town Hall meeting will be forwarded next week. If more than one member of any local government board, including advisory boards, attends, [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:59 am Issue #98, Public Notice No Responses »
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Library Friends Lecture at Key West Theater

Alison Lurie, prize winning author and scholar, is the second speaker in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, January 26, 6:00 p.m., at the series’ temporary location, Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Lurie will discuss and show slides that illustrate her newest work, The Language of Houses, a book that explores the psychological significance of the houses in which we live, as well as the public buildings in which our communities function. Winner of the [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #98, Special Events No Responses »
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Skippy Strikes Again

by Michael Alan As those of you who are familiar with the adventures of Skippy the car will remember, Skippy shut himself down and refused to budge on a dark and stormy Christmas Eve. Neither threats nor promises were effective, so we called in the professionals and had Skippy physically removed from the Florida Keys to Miami for some re-programming and cognitive therapy. Shortly after the smoke from the New Year’s fireworks wafted out to sea, we received word from the service department that Skippy [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #98, Michael Alan No Responses »