Nov 202015
State:  What the Hell is Going on in the Keys? Must be "Other Forces at Work"

  by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. The State’s Variance Review Committee blasted the local Health Department, questioning officals’ apathy in letting the Boondocks Grill, Draft House and Miniature Golf on Ramrod Key expand and operate, for years, without requiring a proper sewage disposal system. The landmark restaurant had a septic tank/leach field system permitted for 65 [more…]

Nov 132015
Stock Island Shootout Revisited:  A Closer Look at Felony Traffic Stops

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Following the shootout that nearly killed a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy on Stock Island on October 24, 2015, Sheriff Rick Ramsey issued an order making it mandatory for all officers to wear their bullet proof vests when in the field.  [Deputy Josh Gordon who had been shot in the chest by a [more…]


 Posted by on October 2, 2015  Island Voices, Issue #134  4 Responses »
Oct 022015

by Bud Navero……. Imagine retiring after thirty years of teaching and deciding to keep your hand in and pick up a modest income by subbing in the local schools. Anyone who’s been to school knows the travail that can accompany being a substitute teacher. Nevertheless, the idea that someone with outstanding professional credentials would be [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
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…]

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…]

Jun 262015
Trooper Out of Control

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… OIG Investigation Report just in… In February we reported on the shocking tasing of an older gentleman by a state trooper on US 1 near the 18-mile stretch. Before a bystander’s cell phone video was made public, the trooper, Eloy Arias, had written in his incident report that he had [more…]

Jun 052015
Jenna Stauffer and Good Morning Florida Keys Featuring Kids Wish Network

Cameron Bonney was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells. She immediately started chemotherapy treatment. After seven rounds of the harrowing treatment and two bone marrow transplants, Cameron still faced more issues. In June 2010, Cameron’s body rejected her second bone marrow transplant, and she was diagnosed with chronic scleradormatous. This [more…]

May 222015
Florida Keys Cultural Arts Calendar, May 21- 27

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, May 21 thru Wednesday, May 27   Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Thursday Martha Hubbard, White Street Pier Photos Opening Reception, 6 PM Harrison Gallery, 825 White St. 305-294-0609. Works by other artists on exhibit   Artists @ the Armory Second Floor Studios [more…]

May 082015

by Mark Songer on behalf of the Board of Directors of LAST STAND …………………………………………………………………………………… Last Stand commends FKAA Executive Director Kirk Zuelch for agreeing to urge funding for the study to confirm or to rule-out the hydraulic connection between the shallow injection wells discharge at the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Plant and surface waters. We also commend the [more…]

May 012015
They Paved Paradise And Put Up A Parking Lot....

by John Donnelly… They paved paradise and put up a parking lot -Joni Mitchell, 1970… The filth and debris strewn along US 1 and in the neighboring communities bordering the highway in Key Largo has reached epidemic proportions. Accompanied with traffic congestion and exacerbated decibel levels from illegally rigged motorcycle tail pipes, the quality of life [more…]

Apr 172015
3 out of 4 Key Haven Residents Oppose Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

by Michael Welber… By a wide margin, Key Haven residents oppose the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in their neighborhood. At its next board meeting, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, is likely to approve a contract with British company Oxitec, which breeds the mosquitoes. Mosquito Control plans to release the insects this spring if [more…]

Feb 062015
Cuban Chugs --- Escape to America

by Bill Klipp….. Escape from Cuba Under the cloak of darkness along the northern coast of Cuba small groups of men, women and children climb into their makeshift homemade boat, called Cuban Chugs as friends and family wish them luck and shove them off to sea. Their journey will be dangerous and unpredictable as their [more…]

Jan 302015

by Catherine Vogel, State Attorney… The legalization of medical marijuana in Florida seems inevitable. Last year the ballot initiative to amend the Florida Constitution to allow medical marijuana failed by a slim margin. Any amendment to the Florida Constitution requires passage by 60%. The initiative garnered 57.6% of the vote. Here in Monroe County, the [more…]

Jan 302015
An Open Letter To South Florida Water Management District [re: Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System]

Dump the Pumps, Inc. P.O. Box 1956 Big Pine Key, FL 33043 January 29, 2015 Jonathon E. Shaw, P.G. Section Leader South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) PO Box 24680 West Palm Beach, FL 33406 Subject: Application No.: 150121-6 (Lower Sugarloaf Key Master Lift Station) Dear Mr. Shaw: Dump the Pumps, Inc. (DTPI) was made [more…]

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, [more…]

Jan 162015
Last Minute Moratorium Saves Offshore Islands From Deregulation

by Naja and Arnaud Girard The elephant was back in the room during last Wednesday’s County Commission meeting. Its name is Wisteria Island, but everyone pretended they were innocently debating the issue of restrictive development on offshore islands without ever mentioning the $100 Million + aspirations that Roger Bernstein has for the famous desert island in [more…]

Dec 262014
The Deep Well Debate:  An Open Letter to the BOCC

The following letter was sent to the named public officials on December 18, 2014 To: Mayor Danny Kohlage; Mayor Pro Tem Heather Carruthers; Commissioners Sylvia Murphy, George Neugent, and David Rice Copy to: County Manager Roman Gastesi; and County Attorney Bob Shillinger Additional Copy to: Kirk Zuelch, FKAA Executive Director; Robert Feldman, FKAA General Counsel; Fred [more…]

Dec 192014
Good Morning Florida Keys Interviews Musical Family, The Doerfels

Good Morning Florida Keys’ Jenna Stauffer interviews the fantastic family band, The Doerfels. This highly sought after band from upstate New York began touring in 2004 and performs over 250 shows a year. Now based in Key West, you can can catch them performing at popular spots Sloppy Joes, Green Parrot, Schooner Wharf, Sunset Pier [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 192014
Monroe County School District 2013-2014 High School Grades Released

The Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the release of the 2013-2014 preliminary high school grades as reported by the Florida Department of Education. In 2013-2014, three out of four Monroe County high schools received a “B” rating and one high school received a “C.” Coral Shores High School, Key West High School, [more…]

Dec 192014
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Friday, December 19 thru Wednesday, December 24 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS DANCE THURSDAY thru SUNDAY Nutcracker Key West 2014, 7:30 PM and 2 PM (SUNDAY) Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd. 295-7676. [more…]

Inside Sector Key West

 Posted by on December 12, 2014  Issue #92, Water World  No Responses »
Dec 122014
Inside Sector Key West

USCG Sector Key West On a 70 degree, blue sky, December day in Key West, I found myself on the west end of the island, outside the guarded, metal gates of the United States Coast Guard Group, Sector Key West. A young, round male in wrinkled blues, held the gate house secure against the food [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…]

Monroe County School District Announces Sunshine State Scholar Winner

Monroe County School District Announces Sunshine State Scholar Winner

Superintendent of Schools Mark T. Porter has announced that Seth Landry from Marathon High School will represent the Monroe County School District at the Sunshine State Scholars Program in February 2015. Each year the local high schools nominate a junior who is distinguished in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to be their representative as [more…]

Intuitive Arts Fair on Big Pine Key / December 27th!

Intuitive Arts Fair on Big Pine Key / December 27th!

The Intuitive Arts Co-op of the Lower Keys presents an Intuitive Arts and Psychic Fair on Saturday, December 27th from 10-4 at Good Food Conspiracy Health Food Store at mile marker 30.2 Oceanside on Big Pine Key. The Co-op is a local group of intuitive readers, body therapists, artists and vendors.  The fair features intuitive [more…]

Southernmost Car Club Holds Its Monthly SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW

Southernmost Car Club Holds Its Monthly SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE- CAR SHOW this Sunday, November 16th, Noon to 4pm in the evening when its cool.This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool [more…]

November is National Home Care Month

November is National Home Care Month

Home health care is highly skilled and professional health care, but it provides so much more than what patients & families normally receive from our traditional health care system. Our professional staff meet patients and their caregivers in their home. There is an intimacy and connection that rarely occurs in other settings. Home health care [more…]

Emergency Helo Fare to Miami: $66,000 or Free…

Emergency Helo Fare to Miami: $66,000 or Free...

“First I said I didn’t want to take the helo,” says Ellen Engleson, who had arrived at Lower Keys Medical Center with a broken femur, “I was concerned about the cost.”   She was right.  After being heliported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Ellen received a bill for $ 59,000 from LifeNet, a for-profit medical [more…]