Jan 152016
 
Last Stand Annual Meeting Features Photographer Mac Stone

Last Stand will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, January 21st, at 6:00 pm, at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street in Key West. This year’s program features the award-winning photography of Mac Stone. Now based in Gainesville, Stone grew up in Central Florida and shares his adventures in springs and swamps, glaciers […]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #149, Special Event No Responses »
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 […]

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 […]

Oct 022015
 
SCHOOL DAZE

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 […]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:54 am Island Voices, Issue #134 4 Responses »
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 […]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:54 am * Featured Story *, Naja and Arnaud Girard 26 Responses »
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 […]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Island Voices, Issue #117 No Responses »
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. harrison-gallery.com Works by other artists on exhibit   Artists @ the Armory Second Floor Studios […]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:05 am Art, Issue #115, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
May 082015
 
LAST STAND: "SAFETY TESTING REQUIRED FOR CUDJOE WASTEWATER PLANT BEFORE START UP"

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 […]

 May 8, 2015  Posted by at 3:01 am Issue #113, Water World 1 Response »
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 […]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #112, John Donnelly 2 Responses »
May 012015
 
Jefferson Starship Plays Little Palm

by Bill Klipp… Our visit to Little Palm this time was to partake in Sandbar Sessions for a step back in time to see Jefferson Starship in an intimate setting. With a stage set up on a small spit of sand the outdoor sandy dining area was transformed into a living room like setting with […]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #112, Music No Responses »
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 […]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 2:45 am Issue #110, Michael Welber 2 Responses »
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 […]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #100, Water World 2 Responses »
Jan 302015
 
GUEST EDITORIAL: MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION IS A BETTER OPTION

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 […]

 January 30, 2015  Posted by at 1:53 am Issue #99 No Responses »
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 […]

 January 30, 2015  Posted by at 1:15 am Issue #99, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
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, […]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:15 am Issue #98, JD Adler, News No Responses »
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 […]

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 […]

 December 26, 2014  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #94, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
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 […]

 December 19, 2014  Posted by at 12:50 am Featured Artist, Issue #93, Music No Responses »
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 […]

 December 19, 2014  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #93 No Responses »
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, […]

 December 19, 2014  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #93, News No Responses »
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 keysarts.com, 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. […]

 December 19, 2014  Posted by at 12:20 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #93 No Responses »
Dec 192014
 
Intuitive Arts Fair on Big Pine Key Dec 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 […]

 December 19, 2014  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #93, Special Event 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 […]

 December 12, 2014  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #92, Water World No Responses »
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 […]

 December 12, 2014  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #92, Uncategorized 7 Responses »
Apr 112014
 
Legal Struggles For Captain Tilly and His Sunken Boat

[responsive_youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OMYfCh2nvQ] by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. “This is a Franz Kafka movie here,” says Stephen Freer.  Navigating the legal system may have turned as treacherous for Freer as the seas he was rescued from when he was abandoned miles offshore on a sinking tugboat named “Tilly”. Freer stands accused by FWC of having, on February […]

 April 11, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am * Featured Story *, Naja and Arnaud Girard No Responses »
Mar 282014
 
Some Burning Questions About Offshore Islands

by Naja and Arnaud Girard Sore throats, red eyes, Old Town storeowners worried about the smell of smoke on their garments, sailboats evacuated… One way or another a lot of people were affected last week by the fire raging on Wisteria Island.  The Key West Fire Department had given up the fight on Monday and […]