Oct 022015

Commentary by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Several years ago, I moved from one apartment to another here in Key West. At that time, I still owned Key West The Newspaper– The Blue Paper– and I was, therefore, a little more concerned about “appearances” than I am now, as an old retired guy. I knew that when one [more…]

Oct 022015
Cudjoe Regional: Is the BOCC Uninterested in Inconvenient Facts?

by John Prosser……. Before the June 10, 2015 BOCC meeting, I delivered two letters to the BOCC at the Marathon Government Center building in envelopes marked “Agenda Item J1 & Agenda Item J2, Public Comment.” Working people have no opportunity to speak when Board meetings are in the middle of the week and the middle of the [more…]

Sep 252015
Crooked Atty General Bondi Gives Up Whistle Blower

Dear Editor, It was reported to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi that Monroe County through it’s Running Dog Lackey Robert “Bob”Dean, Kurt Zeulch, & the FKAA were actively Extorting 3000+Lower Keys Taxpayers & Property Owners to Give up Property Rights for installation of Monroe County’s Turd Grinders AND SUPPLY Electric to run them. I was [more…]

Sep 182015
State Attorney Challenges FKAA Chairman's Right To Vote In Key West Elections

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Is the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority taking on water? Two weeks ago an FKAA board member, Melva Wagner, was forced to resign. She had continued receiving benefits and payments as a board member even though she had moved away from her district almost a year ago. This week it’s FKAA’s [more…]

Sep 112015
FKAA Board Chairman Under Criminal Investigation

by Naja and Arnaud Girard**……. UPDATE:  9/18/2015 Click here for updated article: State Attorney Challenges FKAA Chairman’s Right To Vote In Key West Elections As of Thursday afternoon, the office of the Monroe County State Attorney has begun investigating the Chairman of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority [FKAA] Board of Directors. J Robert Dean (aka Bob Dean), [more…]

Sep 112015
Harry Bethel, In Response to 'Why Did They Lie' [Sept 4th Issue]

Following publication last week of the article, Why did They Lie, about the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority [FKAA], we received a call from former City Commissioner Harry Bethel.  Mr. Bethel had been head of Customer Service at FKAA for many years after retiring from a similar position at Keys Energy Services.  Mr Bethel indicated that contrary to [more…]

Sep 112015
Public Records Lawsuit Against FKAA: Settled Yes, But Still Plenty To Be Concerned About

Dear Editor: The spin artists at FKAA have convinced some of the public media that because the lawsuit was settled over unresponsive and apparently falsified data provided in answer to public records requests, that “there’s nothing to see here, folks.” That is not the case. There is plenty to see and plenty to be concerned [more…]


 Posted by on September 4, 2015  Issue #130, Letter to the Editor  2 Responses »
Sep 042015

Dear Editor, This certainly sounds like extortion to me. What do you think? Black’s Law Dictionary defines extort and extortion thusly: The natural meaning of the word “extort” is to obtain money or other valuable thing either by compulsion, by actual force, or by the force of motives applied to the will, and often more [more…]

Aug 212015
Ex-FBI Agent Says: Audit FKAA Billing Practices

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. The Blue Paper received a report, claiming “manipulation and interference with data” at FKAA, that raises legitimate questions about millions of dollars worth of water bills sent to FKAA customers throughout the Keys. Jon Lipsky wrote: “Because the database is used to generate bills for consumers and because the Aqueduct Authority is [more…]

Jul 312015
Water Quality Disaster: Whistleblower Accuses Department of Health

by Bud Meaker and Arnaud Girard……. A whistleblower claims the Department of Health (DOH) has turned a blind eye for years on thousands of gallons of sewage that has been seeping into Florida Keys waters. “It’s their duty, their legal obligation under Florida Statutes to monitor the performance of all on-site sewer systems in the Keys, [more…]

May 222015
EVERY LITTLE SECRET... How Did FKAA Really Go About Hiring Randy Acevedo?

by Colby Fisher……. Guest Columnist Colby Fisher dives deep into official records and comes out with a fist full of cronyism. Here’s the real story behind FKAA’s hiring of convicted felon Randy Acevedo… The official story that Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) told the public and press was they hired Randy Acevedo because he was [more…]

Apr 172015
Cudjoe Deep Injection Well Funded But Shallow Well Battle Continues

by JD Adler… March 5, 2015: A team of environmental scientists led by Dr. Briceno of the Florida International University have gathered under blue skies on Cudjoe Key. Their mission: to determine whether the shallow injection wells installed for use in the Cudjoe regional wastewater treatment plant will successfully contain wastewater or whether the ground will prove too [more…]

Apr 172015
Dump the Pumps Announces Intent to Sue Federal Agencies

by JD Adler… The law firm of Reiner and Reiner, on behalf of Dump the Pumps, has made a public announcement of intent to sue over lack of environmental impact assessment for Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. 60-DAY NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUE VIOLATIONS OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT; THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT; THE [more…]

Mar 272015
FKAA Reverses Position on Deep Injection Well

by JD Adler… In a press release dated March 25th, the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) announced their decision to request funding from the Monroe County Commission to build a deep injection well at the Cudjoe regional wastewater treatment plant. Their decision was based on a preliminary report from Dr. Briceno of Florida International University who [more…]

Mar 202015
Cudjoe Shallow Wells Need Deeper Look

by JD Adler… Environmental attorneys Caron Balkany and Christopher Byrd have issued a 60 day notice of intent to sue the government on behalf of local fisherman Mike Laudicina, due to failure to acquire proper review for the shallow well injection of municipal sewage in the Cudjoe Key area. They have issued a press release stating [more…]

Jan 302015
An Open Letter to US Fish & Wildlife Services Regarding Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

January 23, 2015 To: Cynthia Dohner, Regional Director, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Cynthia_Dohner@fws.gov CC: Ashleigh Blackford, Branch Lead, Planning and Resource Conservation –East, Ashleigh_Blackford@fws.gov; Nancy Finley, Refuge Manager, Nancy_Finley@fws.gov; Brian Powell, USFW Biologist, Brian_Powell@fws.gov; Larry Williams, State Supervisor, South Florida Ecological Services Office, Larry_Williams@fws.gov From: Caron Balkany, Balkany@aol.com Re: Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant [more…]

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 [more…]

Dec 192014
Clarification: The Challenge to Cudjoe Regional Shallow Injection Well Permit

by Caron Balkany… Concerning your Guest Editorial by Harry Powell: Thank you very much for your guest editorial in The Blue Paper about the problems with shallow sewage wells at Cudjoe Regional. I think it’s really important to make these issues public, so I appreciate very much the time you’ve spent to do that. But [more…]

Dec 122014
Guest Editorial: Cudjoe Regional Sewer Design / A Look Behind The Curtain

CUDJOE REGIONAL WASTEWATER SYSTEM, WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON? Here is another piece of the puzzle on how the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System (CRWS) came to be so very badly designed that those of us who are paying attention actually consider it to be an endangerment to our National Marine Sanctuary, and far from an improvement to [more…]



  Last Stand announced on Wednesday that it is strongly opposed to disposal of treated sewage into shallow wells at the as yet unfinished Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. In letters to DEP, FKAA and each Monroe County Commissioner, the Keyswide environmental group cited state regulations, insufficient treatment and danger to sealife as reasons why [more…]

Guest Column: Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System, a Solution?


For almost a year and a half, I have been arguing that the planned, pressurized wastewater system, using grinder pumps, that is proposed for the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System (CRWS) is uneconomic, unreliable, a burden on homeowners, and a potential environmental nightmare.  Now we learn that the shallow injection well design (120’ deep well) at [more…]



At any other time, it would probably have slipped quietly past us all.  But timing and circumstances were such that members and sympathizers of the grassroots organization Dump the Pumps, Inc. (DTPI) were on high alert, watching for still more sneaky and generally dishonorable Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority [more…]

Let’s Stop the C.R.A.P.


Most people don’t like algebra and dreaded it in high school. It was difficult solving those equations and most students said we would never use algebra in real life. Well once again we have an equation that seems difficult to solve. The FKAA board was asked by the BOCC at the Dec. meeting to give [more…]

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda


Does the FKAA  have the authority to say no to the BOCC?  Could the FKAA Board have refused to install the cheaper inferior grinder pumps, because they preferred the better system of gravity for all? Last month there was a gigantic Powerball prize jackpot. I was hoping I would win so I could give the [more…]

Cudjoe Regional Sewer System Litigation Status


The final approval of changes to the CRWS [Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System] that reflect the reduction of over 1,100 grinder pumps will take place on November 20th when both the BOCC and FKAA BOD will approve a new Inter Local Agreement.  Since the litigation in place required a response prior to that, all four parties, [more…]