Mar 102017
Samuels House Presents Women of Integrity Men of Valor

The Board of Directors of Samuel’s House will present the annual “Women of Integrity and Men of Valor” Honors Dinner on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6pm at the Marriott Beachside Hotel. This year, twelve incredible and men and women will be honored for various philanthropic efforts throughout the Key West community and beyond. Honorees, Family and Friends of the Keys will gather to enjoy a memorable evening, including dinner, an exciting live & silent auction and cash bar. The cost is $70 per person, [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
AUDITIONS Undying Love

AUDITIONS for Undying Love the Musical to be held April 2nd 1-3pm and April 3rd 11:30-1:30pm, in the Heinen Design Lab on the third floor of The Studios of Key West. Undying Love, a musical by Ben Harrison, will be performed at The Studios of Key West in 2018. SUMMARY Undying Love The Musical is the true life and death adventure of Key West’s legend, Count Carl von Cosel, and his romantic obsession with Elena Milagro Hoyos. It takes place in 1930’s-1940’s Key West. CASTING [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
Mosquito Control to Host Tire Amnesty Day

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), in collaboration with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is hosting a Tire Amnesty Day. Old tires are an ideal breeding environment for mosquitoes, especially the Aedes aegypti and the Asian tiger mosquito. Disposing of them properly assists FKMCD in the control of these particular mosquitoes, which are both a nuisance and potential carrier of diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya. Bring your tires to Tire Amnesty Day and Mosquito Control will dispose of them for free. [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
Habitat for Humanity Community Meeting on Big Coppitt Key

Habitat for Humanity invites all interested parties to a community meeting at the Big Coppitt Fire Station on Saturday, March 18th at 2:00 pm. The meeting will serve to introduce their proposed project to build 10 new homes with affordable deed restrictions on the vacant site on US Highway 1 between Emerald Drive and Sapphire Drive. Staff members will be available to answer questions about the project and will also provide a short presentation about the Homeownership Program and the application process. For additional information, [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant Be a hero for kids with cancer! Mar 17, 2017 • 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm At: Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant 320 Grinnell Street, Key West, FL US Join this St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement! The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
Owner of MCO Construction and Services, Ann McNeill, Selected by COMTO as Honoree for March 15 Event

Miami, FL – Ann McNeill, one of the first female general contractors in the state of Florida, who is presently the owner and president of MCO Construction and Services, Inc., MCO Consulting, Inc., and Constructively Speaking, Inc. this past week was selected by The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) as one of their 10 outstanding women from all modes of the transportation industry. Also the founder of two nonprofit organizations, the National Association of Black Women in Construction and the International Mastermind Association, McNeill [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
Volunteer Board Openings

The City of Key West is seeking residents to serve on two volunteer boards. The position are appointed by the City Commission. The Civil Service Board serves as an appeal and resolution authority for the resolution of grievances brought by City associates. It also conducts testing for competitive promotional positions for police and fire. The board meets quarterly and currently has two openings. The Contractor’s Examining Board oversees complaints, licensing and examinations of professionals in the contracting field. The Commission is seeking two consumer representatives [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
Key West Art Center Names New Director

Juniper Behrendt has been named Gallery Director for the Key West Art Center, effective March 10, 2017. She succeeds Anna Symington, who is leaving Key West for St. Petersburg, FL. “In Juniper, we have a talented, enthusiastic and savvy new director who will continue to move the gallery forward as an institution dedicated to exhibiting the work of local artists and to serving the arts community of Key West,” Jane Grannis, board chair, said. “We are confident that, under Juniper’s leadership, the gallery will be [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #209, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 102017
Marriage Announcement

Renata Dunn and Danny Coll were married on November 19, 2016 at the Hyatt in Key West, FL. Renata is a partner at the local accounting firm Allen & Coll P.A. Firm is formally known as Jeffrey E Allen P.A. Renata has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and auditing in Europe and USA . She has been working with Jeff Allen for the last 6 years. Renata is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. She earned a Master Degree [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 102017
Save the Date: 10th Annual Save Our Pines Picnic

March 19, 1-5pm at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Join us in celebrating a decade of picnicking under the pines, and the Save Our Pines organization’s successful campaign to stop the removal of our beautiful shade-providing Australian Pines at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. We will also be raising funds to continue the work necessary to maintain the health and safety of our Pines at Fort Zach. Bring a dish to share, beverages, chairs, and blankets. Napkins, utensils, and water will be kindly provided [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #209, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Mar 102017
FKHSC Invites Public to Annual Luncheon and Quarterly Meeting

The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition (FKHSC) will hold their Annual Luncheon to honor their volunteers, celebrate last year’s accomplishments and share their plans for the future. This year’s honorees are Paula Muehlhauser, Volunteer of the Year; Alison Morales Kerr, Community Partner of the Year; and The Sunshine Grill, Business Partner of the Year. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12:00 noon, at Beachside Marriott, 3841 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West. Tickets for the luncheon are $32 and may be reserved [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #209, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 032017
Synopsis of Commissioner Romero's Community Meeting & Questionnaire Responses

Dear Community Members, I apologize for the delay in putting together and getting out to you the synopsis of our community meeting held on February 6th. I have previously tried to have the synopsis out to you within two weeks. I hope you will be understanding of the delay. I spent many hours in research and data preparation, as well as question preparation, for two major recent items – the amphitheater item and the use of a City Hall property for $1.00 per year as [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:09 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice 5 Responses »
Mar 032017
Sanctuary Cities and Immigrant Rights to Headline ACLU Town Hall/Forum in March

The Florida Keys Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of will hold a town hall forum, “Key West: Sanctuary City? A Conversation about Immigrant Rights,” on March 9 from 7 – 9 PM at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave, Key West. The forum is free and open to the public. Panelists are: FIU Professor Erik Camayd-Freixas; Key West Immigration Attorney Wayne Dapser, Jonathan Fried, executive director of We-Count! ; and Howard Simon, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida. Former Columbia [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
Planning Director Out at End of March

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Key West Planning Director, Thaddeus Cohen, “came to a mutual agreement” [with the City Manager] “to end Mr. Cohen’s tenure with the City.” The official explanation is quite diplomatic: “The transition will better serve the City’s needs.” “Planning is a complex and challenging department…” reads the official PR statement that the City sent to The Blue Paper.

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am News 4 Responses »
Mar 032017
Man Found Dead on Lower Matecumbe Key

A man reported missing from Winter Garden, Florida was found dead in a wooded area of Lower Matecumbe Key Monday afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office received a call from Winter Garden Police regarding missing person Eric Russel Noyes, 53 years of age. They said they had information from a cell phone ping that Noyes was on Lower Matecumbe Key. They had information he might be staying in a wooded area near the Safari Lounge and Caloosa Cove Marina. Just south of that area, Deputy Ralph Williams [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
Amphitheater Construction Underway

The community could almost hear the strummin’ of the six-string today as they gathered at the Truman Waterfront Park for the groundbreaking for the new amphitheater. Among the shovel-toting dignitaries were members of the City Commission as well as J.L. Jamison, Jimmy Buffett’s stage manager. Jamison has been working as with the City regarding the sound design of the new facility. The amphitheater, which will provide a gathering space for a variety of community events, is expected to be completed in late September.

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #208, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 032017
Former FHP Trooper Arrested

Former FHP Trooper, Dentist and Body Shop Owner Charged Alleged Hit and Run with Serious Injury, False Police Report and Insurance Fraud Lead to Arrests MIAMI DADE, Fla. – As a result of a joint investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, the Miami Beach Police Department, the Miami-Dade Police Department and Florida’s Division of Insurance Fraud. Former Florida Highway Patrol Trooper David Casillas, automobile body shop owner Ariel Perera, and Miami Beach dentist Jesus Enrique Del Valle have been charged with [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Mar 032017
Transit Job Fair

Don’t miss the bus! Learn what it takes to become a City of Key West bus driver and earn a starting wage of $15.39 per hour. The City of Key West is holding a two job fairs to recruit drivers for our transit system. There are full time and part time positions available and training for qualified applicants. The job fairs will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday, March 8th and 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 11th at the Transit [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Mar 032017
Paradise Paint Out Raises $71,000 to Support Monroe County's At-Risk Children and Families

TAVERNIER, FL – February 28, 2017. The Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (Children’s Shelter) hosted the Paradise Paint Out 2017 (PPO) on January 11-19, 2017. This first time event for the Children’s Shelter raised $71,000 which directly benefits their five programs serving the at-risk children and families of Monroe County, Florida. Bill Mann, Co-CEO, Children’s Shelter states “We are grateful for the community support as the monies raised helps to provide the much needed free programming we make available to all residents”. The nine-day paint out [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #208, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 032017
Yellowstone Plots Bandwith Explosion

New Towers and Major Facility Expansion Violate Laws and Park Service Policies Washington, DC — Yellowstone National Park is pressing ahead with a massive commercial cellular expansion that breaks key laws and agency rules. Today, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) asked the National Park Service (NPS) to review these violations, discipline the responsible officials, and take steps to ensure future compliance. The multi-part project entails a more than a fifty-fold increase in bandwidth, bathing the park and much of its remote backcountry with 4G [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
Conservation Groups and Citizens Tell Congress: ‘We Stand Together for Birds’

As Congress and the Administration consider major policy changes affecting birds and public lands, hundreds of conservation groups, birdwatching clubs, and wildlife rehabilitators, along with tens of thousands of individual citizens, have endorsed a Together for Birds petition asking lawmakers to continue advancing bird conservation. The petition and endorsements were delivered to Trump administration officials and congressional leaders today. “The American people love birds, and the current administration and 115th Congress have an opportunity to make a real difference to reverse current population declines, restore [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
Infant/Child CPR Classes Offered in Marathon and Key West

If your child was choking, would you know what to do? If your baby stopped breathing, do you know how to respond? The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition invites all parents and caregivers to attend a CPR class in Marathon or Key West to learn invaluable life-saving skills. The class will cover infant/child CPR, choking prevention, poison control, shaken baby prevention, and basic first aid. Participants will Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Ready Reference to take home. To keep costs affordable, it is taught by a Red [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #208, News, Special Event No Responses »
Mar 032017
M Ensemble Explores Family Dysfunction in ‘Brothers of the Dust’

Please join me in celebrating the second show of our inaugural season, at our new and magnificently constructed “Theatrical Complex” in Miami. If you can make it up to Key Largo, I’ll see to it that you’re taken to the show and returned back to Key Largo. Our “Opening Night” will include the performance, along with an after show cast party and buffet style dinner. As our guest, there will be no charge.  The date of this show is March 9, 2017, at 8PM. Our [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:21 am News No Responses »
Mar 032017
FIRM Meets With Senator Anitere Flores

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) President Mel Montagne and Treasurer Joe Walsh met with Florida State Senate President Pro Tempore Anitere Flores on Monday, February 27, to lay plans for suspending the excessive and unaffordable windstorm rate increases levied by Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) on Monroe County. In addition to Senate Pro Tem, Senator Flores is Chair of the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee. As such, she is in a unique position to address the needs of Monroe County. Monroe County Government is [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #208, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032017
Parade Winners Awarded Plaques

Mayor Craig Cates, Commissioner Clayton Lopez and City Manager Jim Scholl presented plaques to the organizations whose floats won this season’s holiday parade. Representatives of the following groups accepted the plaques at last week’s City Commission meeting: Mayor’s Cup — Lower Keys Friends Vice Mayor’s Cup — Basilica of St. Mary’s School Tied for the Commissioner’s Cup — Florida Keys Aqueduct and Key West High School Conchettes Honorable Mention – Fifth Street Baptist Church

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #208, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 242017
Sheriff's Crime Report

New York man found in the water, dead Sheriff’s detectives and the Medical Examiner say there are no obvious signs of foul play in the death of a 68 year old New York man, found in the water at an Islamorada resort early today. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Smuggler’s Cove Resort at the 85.5 mile marker of the highway at 3:30 a.m. to do a welfare check on 58 year old Dennis O’Rourke. O’Rourke was in the Keys visiting from Hicksville, New York. The [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 242017
Racing to Save What’s Endangered: Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge’s Outdoor Fest Helps Support These and Other Native Species

For those who live in or visit the Florida Keys for an extended length of time, the sight of a miniscule Key Deer wandering about might not be so unusual. But what about the Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Bartram’s hairstreak butterfly, the Key Largo woodrat, the Key Largo cotton mouse, the Miami Blue butterfly, the Key tree cactus, the Stock Island tree snail, or the American Crocodile? Have you ever happened upon any of these creatures? Did you know they’re federally listed as endangered or [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #207, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 242017
24th Annual Black History Program this Sunday!!  Parade of Kings and Queens! Praise Dancers! and More!

The Cornish Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church invites all members of the public to attend the 24th Annual Black History Program Come celebrate with the choir, the poets, and the praise dancers! Join the Parade of Kings and Queens! Please wear you African Attire! Historians are invited to participate. Sunday, February 26, 2017, 3:00 pm 702 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Special Event, Special Events No Responses »
Feb 242017
McKee Artists Fund Grants Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for the 2017 Anne McKee Artists Fund grants. Grant monies are generated by the Fund’s annual fine art auction which was held on February 10th with the donating artists receiving 50-percent of the proceeds from the sale of his or her work and the McKee Fund receiving the remainder to go toward grants to Florida Keys artists. The McKee Fund awards grants each year in amounts of up to $2,000 to assist with project-based endeavors by individual visual, performance, and literary [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 242017
Food Trucks in Paradise Event Photos

Saturday, February 18 from 12pm-9pm, Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Music at Martello” program presented the 2nd Annual Key West Food Truck Festival, an event that transformed the Fort East Martello parade grounds into a family and pet-friendly musical feast with the tasty delights of Key West’s top-notch food trucks and the grooving tunes of local and international acts.

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #207, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 242017
Sheriff Honors Employees of the Year

On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office held its Employee of the Year award ceremony in Marathon. The five award winners are from all areas of the Sheriff’s Office – law enforcement, corrections, support, reserves and the explorer program. “The people chosen to be Employees of the Year are the best of the best – they have proven themselves to be outstanding employees, as well as outstanding contributors to the community they serve,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. The Employees of the Year are chosen from all of [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 242017
Officer Keohane Receives Chief's Commendation

During an awards ceremony at the Grand Key Resort on Tuesday, Key West Police Chief Donie Lee commended Office Kuniko Keohane for expertise in an emergency. On November 2nd, Officer Keohane responded to a medical emergency involving a 16 month old child having a seizure. With the EMTs on scene, Officer Keohane’s long career in the medical field dovetailed with their expertise and together they ensured that the child cared for. “Officer Keohane’s continuous dedication to the community, her experience and professionalism are an invaluable [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 242017
KWPD Civilian Employee of the Year

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee, in an awards ceremony at the Grand Key Resort yesterday, named dispatcher Kristi Chaustit as the Civilian Employee of the Year 2016. Chaustit came to the Key West Police Department in 2010 and serves an invaluable role as a Telecommunicator II. “As a supervisor, she consistently sets a standard of professionalism consistent with the core values of the Department,” said Lee. “Her calm, compassionate and professional demeanor have aided the community during their most difficult times, whether she is [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #207, News, Public Notice No Responses »