BIG PINE KEY, FL – Was your home destroyed or badly damaged by Hurricane Irma and you need help navigating the rebuilding and repair process in Monroe County? Monroe County will host a public meeting to explain County processes, provide information and answer your individual questions.
Sugarloaf Key resident Bill Hunter has filed to run for Monroe County Commissioner, District Two, which runs from the Seven Mile Bridge to Boca Chica Key and includes a small portion of Marathon. “I am running for county commission to represent all of the Florida Keys from the perspective of someone who lives, works and strives to protect the character of island communities within the Lower Keys. This local perspective is vitally important as the county recovers from Hurricane Irma,” Hunter said. Hunter, a Republican, [continue reading…]
FLORIDA CITY, Fla – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Ken David Armenteros, 37, a corporal of the Florida City Police Department, for two counts of official misconduct. Armenteros, who was off-duty on the afternoon of Monday, September 13, 2016, and on his personal motorcycle, requested emergency back-up via the Miami-Dade Police Department’s 911 Center after a confrontation outside a known “drug house” in Florida City with a man who was later arrested by responding Florida City police officers. A criminal complaint including allegations made [continue reading…]
by Kirby Congdon……. On glancing through the first production from the poetry group, Decimos, I was delighted with the Spanish title because this reviewer took three years of Latin in high school voluntarily.There is so much meaning beyond all those declensions!In a world of sports, competition and success Latin gave me something cultural outside of adolescence that was, for me, a beacon. When I read the biographies at the end of this collection I thought, “Well, gee, maybe we’re going somewhere. We’ve got adults here.” [continue reading…]
Thanks to a partnership between Key West Art & Historical Society, Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, some 600 area students have the opportunity to explore coastal fortification history through a series of upcoming in-class and field trip activities and events. On Friday, February 2, students will visit Fort Zachary Taylor, the Civil War headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s East Gulf Coast Blockading Squadron, to participate in Civil War Days, an annual living history event running through February 4 that portrays life at a [continue reading…]
Friends of the Key West Library monthly book sale is on Saturday, Feb. 3, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street. Lots of art, biography, history, hobbies, pet care, nature, geography, novels and non-fiction by favorite authors. CDs will be 4 for $1.00, cookbooks half price. Baked goods supplied by KWHS’s Keys to be the Change Club. Proceeds go to the library’s programs, books and equipment. Future sales are on first Saturdays, March and April. Also, [continue reading…]
USFWS is seeking submissions for its annual photography contest. This free, fun event helps showcase our incredible natural resources here in the Florida Keys. USFWS keeps photographs on display at the Refuge Visitor Center until June 30th. Visitors love them! Attached is the Photo Contest Regulations. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018. This year an additional submission category has been added specific to Key deer so we have four categories–Landscape, General Nature, Key deer and Birds.
In this 2010 oil painting, Key West artist, Stephen LaPierre, captured Edith Amsterdam’s beloved Curry Mansion, along with her ’67 four-door Lincoln Continental convertible. A Key West icon, Mrs. Amsterdam died in February of 2016, at the beginning of her 93rd year. That once-in-a-lifetime Continental of hers had been put to rest a few years earlier. And when Irma blew through town this past September, the category four hurricane took down Mrs. Amsterdam’s huge and gorgeous sacred fig tree, out front on Caroline. Thankfully, Stephen [continue reading…]
Nationally-known comedian Gene Merola is coming to Key West and the Florida Keys Democrats are hosting him on February 1st, from 6:00- 10:00 PM, at the Side Bar, 504 Angela Street. Andy Griffith, local comedian and politician, is the opening act and will add a Key West tone to the evening’s entertainment. Whether opening for performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Hall & Oates, and Paula Poundstone or taking his own shows to many of the major cruise lines, Mr. Merola brings high energy and comedy that features audience [continue reading…]
Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24. The meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues. A social hour follows the meeting. KWNOW gathers on the fourth Wednesday of every month in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West. For more information, or to join, email: email@example.com.
SASSY MAMAS January 18- February 4, 2018 Wednesday – Saturday 8:00 pm | Sunday Matinee 3:00 pm BUY TICKETS Dear Blue Paper Patrons: Within our midst is a thriving and homegrown theater company that has been serving South Florida for more than 45 years, with their magnificent performances and brilliantly directed theatrical productions. The M Ensemble Theater Company is one of the oldest African-American theater companies’ in the United States. It may be the longest running company in the State of Florida. On this MLK [continue reading…]
To support area families with young children in exploring the wealth of learning opportunities provided by the island’s museums, Key West Art & Historical Society has partnered with other area museums to present an expanded new season of “Museums & Me” early childhood education sessions, led by early childhood educator Natalie Robinson. Children aged 0-6 and their parents can enjoy social interaction with music and play in a stimulating learning environment on the first and third Saturday of each month through May, with first Saturday’s held on the grounds [continue reading…]
Sheriff’s Detective Lance Hernandez is asking for the public’s help identifying a burglary suspect whose image was captured on surveillance cameras at a Key Largo business. The owner of GG Millworks on Atlantic Drive in Key Largo called the Sheriff’s Office on December 26th to report someone broke into his business. He said he came to work the morning of the 26th after a few days off. He found a number of items missing from inside. He also found a window on a work truck broken and one [continue reading…]
The victim told detectives from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit she was sitting in front of K-Mart in Marathon at 2 p.m. on January 3rd when the suspect, 53 year old Julio Melendez, pulled up in his gold colored GMC pickup truck. She said she decided to go for a ride with him and that after they got cigarettes and alcohol they went back to his travel trailer where they had consensual sex. During their encounter, she states, she became unwilling to continue having sex with him and [continue reading…]
Hurricane debris collection resumed Wednesday on County roads in the Mile Marker 16 to 40 area in the Lower Keys after a short holiday break for the workers. County public works continues to also collect hurricane debris on private roads and take it to the nearest County right of way for collection by the debris contractor. No County roads in these areas have received a final collection pass. If you now have debris in County rights of way or private roads, it will get picked up. Crews [continue reading…]
The City of Key West wants to remind residents aware that they cannot block off parts of the public right of way for private parking. Now that season is getting into full swing, City officials have received complaints that some residents are posting signs or even using cones and barricades to reserve parking spaces along the city streets. The right of way is public property, and cannot be marked with private “No Parking,” “No Trespassing,” or other signs. Nor can this area be blocked with [continue reading…]
Why stress about parking and traffic to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year when you can ride the shuttle? Let Key West Transit’s Safe Ride do the driving! The shuttle begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 31st and runs continuously until 1:45 a.m. Fare is just $2 per trip on the local route and $4 per trip for the Lower Keys Shuttle. The shuttles cover Key West and Stock Island, as well as the Lower Keys Shuttle between Marathon and Key West. The downtown drop off and pickup point [continue reading…]
Sheriff’s Detective Lance Hernandez is asking for the public’s assistance identifying two burglary suspects. The burglary took place at approximately 7:15 p.m. on December 18th at Key Lime Products in Key Largo. Two suspects forced their way into a storage shed, taking several small items from inside. A surveillance system captured images of the suspects. Detective Hernandez is hopeful someone will recognize the two men. Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 305-853-3211. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of [continue reading…]
by Douglas Hattendorf……. Naja, Last week there was the bi-monthly meeting of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the main topics were of corals dying, garbage and lobster trap debris. As it should be in me own opinion. The trap debris or whole traps in 5ft of water with 50ft of rope won’t be taken care of until June so as a prior trapper and commercial diver I couldn’t agree with that. So I said we were starting tomorrow and none disagreed. mamaOcean was representing as a [continue reading…]
by Arida Wright……. A landmark vote was passed at the BVRAC (Bahama Village Redevelopment Advisory Committee) meeting held December 7, 2017 at City Hall. The BVRAC was established in 2008 by the City Commission. Their duties are to recommend to the CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) projects within Bahama Village best suited for the use of redevelopment trust funds and to review applications from individuals and organizations eligible to receive TIF (Tax Increment Finances) funds.
Sheriff’s detectives in the Middle Keys are investigating the theft of a car from a Conch Key residence in the early morning hours Wednesday. The owner of the purple 2017 Kia Sorento said he returned home from work at 9 p.m., parking his car in his driveway on Conch Avenue. He left the car unlocked with the key fob inside. He went inside the house and went he went back outside at 1 a.m. his car was gone. He reported the theft to the Sheriff’s Office and a notice [continue reading…]
MONROE COUNTY, FL – As of Oct. 1, 2017, residents and business owners in Unincorporated Monroe County became eligible for federal flood insurance discounts up to 25 percent. These discounts will result in more than $5.1 million in annual savings to the County’s 15,000 National Flood Insurance Program policyholders – an average of $350 per policy. The discounts are an increase from the 20 percent most policyholders experienced in 2016. All the discounts are due to the County’s active participation in the Community Rating System (CRS). This voluntary incentive program rewards communities that take actions – which exceed the minimum standards [continue reading…]
Schools, Day-Care, Nursing Homes Lack Warning on Unsafe Drinking Water Washington, DC — When schoolchildren, the infirm, and the disabled are exposed to dangerously contaminated drinking water, parents and guardians should be notified, according to a rulemaking petition filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and a coalition of groups. The petition presses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to close this public health gap. EPA’s current public notice regulations do not require public water systems or facilities like schools and nursing homes [continue reading…]