Apr 292016
Warning! Kidnapping Scam

A Key Largo man was scammed out of $2,500 because he believed his wife was kidnapped. The 30 year old man told Deputy Gil Gonzalez he received a call Friday at 10 a.m. from a man – “Mike” –  who claimed to have his wife; Mike said the victim’s wife was involved in a car crash and had killed Mike’s son in the crash. Mike said after the crash he kidnapped her. He claimed to be a drug dealer and said he did not want [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:30 am Issue #164, News No Responses »
Apr 292016
Officer Dedicated to Illegal Rentals

The City of Key West now has a code compliance officer dedicated to the City’s vacation rental ordinance. According to the City’s code of ordinances, all short term rentals of 30 days or less must be licensed. Illegal rentals often disrupt residential neighborhoods. Illegal vacation rentals have been on the rise, and the City Commission recently authorized the dedication of a full time code compliance officer to address the problem. Anyone who suspects illegal vacation rentals can call Code Compliance at 305-809-3731 or 305-809-3740. Or [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #164, News, Public Notice 8 Responses »
Apr 292016
Fire Chief Announces Retirement

After nearly 43 years with the Key West Fire Department and a decade at its helm, Fire Chief David Fraga has announced his retirement. In a letter to City Manager Jim Scholl, Chief Fraga wrote, “On November 7, 2015, I completed my 42nd year of service with the fire department, and May will mark my 10th year as Chief. I have been blessed to have had the honor, privilege, and the opportunity to serve in that capacity for all those years.” Chief Fraga has dedicated [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #164, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 292016
The Problem with Donald Trump's Version of "America First"

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In March, an open letter from 121 Republican “national security leaders” characterized GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s foreign policy vision as “wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle,” swinging “from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence.” While it’s always wise to take proclamations from the people who brought us the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with a grain of salt, in this case they were right — and Trump himself proved it with his speech before the Center [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:35 am News No Responses »
Apr 292016
Rising Country Artist, CODY WEBB, in Key West April 29- May 8!

Rising Country artist, Cody Webb’s will is on tour and will be performing live in Key West.  You’ll find the singer- songwriter performing at various venues in Key West starting tonight April 29 through May 8. Cody recently released his latest radio hit single, “More Than A Little” from his upcoming EP. The Nashville native performed at 100 + venues across the East Coast, Midwest and beyond in 2015 alone. His captivating live performances showcase his expressive tenor and deft guitar work. Do not miss this talented artist when he stops [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am News No Responses »
Apr 292016
National Park Tourism in Florida Creates $934.9 Million in Economic Benefit

New report shows visitor spending supports nearly 10,000 jobs in Florida. ATLANTA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 10,639,979 visitors to national parks in Florida spent $643 million in the state in 2015. That spending resulted in 9,922 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $934.9 million. “The national parks of Florida attract visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Stan Austin, Southeast Regional Director. “Whether they are out for an afternoon, a school [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #164, News No Responses »
Apr 292016
KWPD Donates to Operation Graduation

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee and School Resource Officer Deglys Chavarria presented Key West High School teacher Monica Fletchall a check for $2500 for Operation Graduation yesterday. This outstanding program provides an all-night get together of fun. It keeps our grads safe and drug and alcohol free while they dance, eat, watch movies and win great prizes.

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #164, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 292016
Sergeants Recognized for Committment

American Legion Post 145 in Islamorada will be recognizing a sworn officer monthly from both Key Largo and Islamorada. This month, Sheriff’s Office Sergeants Gregg Johnson and Tom Kiffney were recognized “for their commitment to the citizens of Monroe County.” Johnson has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 2003 and was promoted to sergeant in 2010; Kiffney has been with the Sheriff’s Office in 1992 and was promoted in 1996. First Vice Commander Angela Glover ( also pictured) presented them with certificates, “Thank you” challenge [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #164, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 292016
Donations to Seacamp

The folks at Seacamp on Big Pine Key were very grateful that Sgt. David Smith thought of them when he heard about all this fishing equipment from Director Diane O’Dell in our Property Division. Also among the items donated from our property division was a telescope found abandoned on the side of the road. All the items will be used for their various educational programs for kids.

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #164, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 292016
FIRM Charity Golf Tournament, Save the Date

The Marathon and Lower Keys Association of Realtors will be hosting the 2016 FIRM Charity Golf Tournament. Isaksen Insurance is continuing their tradition as the lead sponsor for this event. The tournament will be held at the Key West Golf Club on June 19, (Father’s Day). Sign in and registration begins at 7:00am and tee off will be at 7:30am. The $100.00, registration for this fun filled golf tournament includes a cart, mulligan, red tees, Bloody Marys, beer, a continental breakfast and lunch. Raffle prizes [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:09 am News No Responses »
Apr 292016
Celebrate Student Appreciation Month at Florida Keys Outlet Center

Students invited to enjoy special perks from May 1-31 WHAT: School’s (almost) out for the summer! Local and visiting students are invited to Florida Keys Outlet Center from May 1-31 to take advantage of Student Appreciation Month, which is sponsored by Betolli Vending. Throughout the event, students are invited to stop by Simon Guest Services booth or the Management Office, located in the food court, to pick up Florida Keys Outlet Center swag bags filled with a coupon book, a discount sheet, extra coupons and [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #164, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 222016
Guest Editorial: The Don Quixote of Mosquito Control

  by Ralph De Palma……. During 2009-2010 mosquito seasons over 100 cases of Dengue Fever were confirmed in mostly Old Town Key West, more cases probably went unconfirmed. The previous Florida Keys Mosquito Control (FKMCD) director Ed Fussell had managed mosquito control for the US Navy for decades. He later managed mosquito control for the entire State of Florida before coming to FKMCD. He has been the past President of the Florida Mosquito Control Association as well as the nationwide American Mosquito Control Association. He reviewed [continue reading…]

 April 22, 2016  Posted by at 1:22 am * Featured Story *, Editorial, Island Voices, Issue #163, News 1 Response »
Apr 152016
Bouncers Out of Control?

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. From power trip to assault of patrons, some Duval Street bouncers seem poorly trained or out of control. The Blue Paper sampled this week’s bar brawls to report on the issue. Robert Lee Klieves can’t remember why he was put into a helicopter with a brain bleed and flown to Kendall Regional Trauma Center in Miami last Saturday night. He is 60 years old, from Hudson, Florida. He came to Key West for his “first real vacation in 20 years” to [continue reading…]

 April 15, 2016  Posted by at 8:59 am Issue #162, Naja and Arnaud Girard, News 12 Responses »
Apr 152016
It's National Telecommunicator's Week

National Telecommunications Week – help us recognize these important people! April 10th to the 16th is National Public Safety Telecommunications week and during this week, the Sheriff’s Office has been recognizing the diligence and professionalism of our Telecommunicators – Sheriff’s communications officers – who serve in our communications center in Marathon. We would like to encourage others to recognize them as well. Our communications officers are the first ones to receive your emergency calls and what they do with those calls can often greatly influence the [continue reading…]

 April 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #162, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 152016
Florida’s Gender Wage Gap Costs the State’s Women Nearly $17 Billion Per Year, New Equal Pay Day Study Finds

If the Gap Were Closed, Florida Women Could Afford Food for One Year, Five More Months of Mortgage and Utilities, or More Than Six Additional Months of Rent Annually On average, Florida women employed full time, year round are paid just 85 cents for every dollar paid to men – a yearly pay gap of $6,203. That means, in total, women in Florida lose nearly $17 billion every year, which is money that could strengthen the state economy and the financial security of Florida’s women [continue reading…]

 April 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #162, News No Responses »
Apr 152016
Annette Taddeo Responds to Discrimination Against Cuban Americans

While I am supportive of the steps President Obama has taken to open diplomatic relations with Cuba, I recognize that there will be many issues to address and we cannot ignore our American values as we work through these issues. The current Cuban policy prohibiting Cuban-born Americans from entering the country by sea has now created a policy of discrimination on cruise lines traveling to Cuba. We should not allow the Cuban Government to decide which Americans get on a U.S. cruise ship. This is [continue reading…]

 April 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #162, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 152016
Feds to Probe Delta Tunnel Misuse of Grant Funds

Inspector General to Audit California Water Resources Handling of Federal Aid Washington, DC — How the State of California spent millions of dollars of federal aid meant for improving fish habitat on preparing the Environmental Impact Statement for its controversial Delta Tunnel Project is under new legal scrutiny, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Representing a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation employee, PEER filed a complaint detailing how a funding agreement with the California Water Resources Department is illegally siphoning [continue reading…]

 April 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #162, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 152016
Shopping with the Vice President

Dan Ayers-Price, Key West Art & Historical Society Director of Retail, has been selected as the new Vice President of the Florida Chapter of the Museum Store Association and will attend the National Museum Store Association conference in Atlanta next week where he will be a featured speaker in an education session entitled “On The Ground Success Stories.” The Society’s three museum stores—at the Custom House Museum, Fort East Martello, and the Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters— have seen a drastic increase in sales and community [continue reading…]

 April 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #162, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 152016
Grand Opening for First Customs Facility at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport

GRAND OPENING: U.S. CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION FACILITY AT THE FLORIDA KEYS MARATHON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT April 20, 2016, 12:30 PM 9400 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL MARATHON – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners and The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport invite you to attend the grand opening of the airport’s first U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility. For the first time in decades, international flights will be able to clear U.S. Customs in Marathon, ushering in a new era for the small, regional airport. [continue reading…]

 April 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #162, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 152016
Sustainable Bird Tourism Scales Up to Support Tropical Conservation

At Program’s 10-year Anniversary, Bird Reserve Network Spans Almost a Million Acres (Washington, D.C.) American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and its partners are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Latin American Bird Reserve Network. A successful model for sustainable birdwatching tourism designed to prevent the extinction of some of the Americas’ rarest birds, the network now includes more than 70 tropical reserves spanning close to one million acres. The reserves were created and supported by ABC and more than 30 partner conservation organizations, as well as [continue reading…]

 April 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #162, News, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 102016

KEY WEST – American Airlines flight 4680 returned safely to Key West International Airport on Sunday afternoon after a bird strike led to a problem with the left engine. The Embraer 175 jet, which was operated by Republic Airways and destined for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, was carrying 67 people. All were uninjured. “The flight crew did a great job of flying the aircraft safely back to the airport,” said Donald DeGraw, Director of Key West International Airport. “The airport’s fire department and mutual [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2016  Posted by at 5:29 pm News No Responses »
Apr 082016
BLOOD ON DUVAL: Update on Duval Street Shooting

On Wednesday Judge Wayne Miller opted to allow alleged Duval Street shooter, Derek Michael David, 34, to return to freedom back in his home state of Louisiana. Miller did however increase his bail by $100,000 to $582,500 and set specific conditions on David’s right to remain free pending trial. The shooting happened on March 21st at about 1:25 a.m. in the area of Rick’s Bar.  Surveillance video from the bar [see below] shows David dragging his visibly intoxicated wife, Jodie Marie David, down Charles Street and apparently knocking her to the ground. [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:22 am * Featured Story *, News 2 Responses »