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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 vote was 70% in favor of the amendment. Those in favor of the amendment have vowed to raise the signatures to put it back on…

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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 aware of the “Minor Modification- Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Collection System D B Project (Application #150121-6), County: Monroe S3/T67/R27” via our corporate attorney Lee Rohe, Esq….

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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, some multiple times; including Florida in support of the referendum on Amendment 2 in 2014. After the long bicycle ride from Tallahassee; Kenneth and Shirley Locke,…

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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 Key West harbor. What had occurred was a remarkable exercise in special interest maneuvering followed closely by counter measures made by opponents. Let us explain….

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Intuitive Arts and Psychic Fair, Saturday 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.

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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 and Blue Heaven. — with Jenna Stauffer and Leo Martinez. For more great productions by Good Morning Florida Keys: visit their FACEBOOK.

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 you’ve overlooked a very important fact. The two property owners groups you mentioned are not the only challengers to the shallow wells at Cudjoe Regional,…

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, and Marathon Middle-High School each achieved a “B” distinction, while Key West Collegiate High School was rated a “C”.

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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. keystix.com

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Purple Heart Trail Designation Ceremony Held December 15, 2014

The following tribute was read aloud by John Donnelly during the Purple Heart Trail Dedication Ceremoney on December 15, 2014 at MM 106: We thank each of you for making time to attend this ceremony. We are honored by your presence… Sheriff Rick Ramsay and Capt. Don Fannelli have done a spectacular job in providing us with security, on such short notice. We are appreciative for all of the deputies assigned to this detail. Our State Representative Holly Raschien and her…

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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 insights offered by experienced practitioners and vendors. Tarot, life path readings, jewelry, metaphysical gifts, crystals, and more will be available. Come enjoy the delicious homemade…

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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 delivery guy and me. On the nose of 1 PM, my escort arrived. Lt. j.g. Peter Bermont, the USCG’s spokesperson in Key West, and my…

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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 existing treatment and disposal. The information herein was not easily obtained.

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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 the fire continued on, burning through trees for six days.  In the end the flames were extinguished only after a group of volunteers took the…