May 272016
 
FIGHTING FIRE IN KEY WEST

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Today, if you dial 911 to report a fire, the Key West Fire Department will typically be at the scene of the fire within five minutes. When I was researching this story and former Fire Chief Eddie Castro gave me that information, I asked the question again. “Come on, Chief, five minutes from the time the call comes into the fire station to fighting the fire does not seem credible.” “Well, actually,” he said– lecturing me like one of my old [continue reading…]

May 272016
 
School Board's Discussion on Henriquez Rehiring: "[silence]"

FRONT PAGE COMMENTARY by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. NOT TO SPEAK IS TO SPEAK, NOT TO ACT IS TO ACT We wondered this week just how the Monroe County School Board was going to justify the rehiring of a disgraced employee, twice embroiled in school district financial scandals. While the board did approve the $105,000 a year salary for Mike Henriquez in his new, specially tailored, Director’s job, they simply made sure, during the public meeting, to never once utter his name. This is how the board, in [continue reading…]

May 242016
 
Man Arrested for Violent Upper Keys Rape

  A local man, 53-year old Johnny Hayes was arrested for violently raping and beating a Tavernier woman on March 13th. He is accused of grabbing her as she walked on a street near her home, dragging her into the bushes, beating her with some type of blunt object, threatening to kill her and then raping her. The attack allegedly took place just after 9 p.m. on the southbound side of highway U.S. One, east of the Tavernier Creek Bridge. The victim stated she was [continue reading…]

 May 24, 2016  Posted by at 7:08 pm News 1 Response »
May 202016
 
"All Thoughts of GMO Mosquito Release Should Be Abandoned."

Dear Editor: Following my past Letter to Editor, I authored a 2,000+ word article in TheBluePaper.com outlining additional research and questioning why GMO mosquitoes are even considered. I continued my research, wondering why Zika suddenly became serious enough to spark recent media hysteria and predictions of epidemics. I found some disturbing correlations that suggest all thoughts of GMO mosquito release should be abandoned. Consider the cause of the Zika epidemic a mystery to be solved. Here are some clues: The Zika virus was isolated by [continue reading…]

 May 20, 2016  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #167, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
May 202016
 
Sugarloaf Elementary School Receives Visit From Motivational Speaker/Author, Haley Marguerite

Haley Marguerite, a 24-year old published children’s book author, spent time with Sugarloaf Elementary School students this week. Growing up as a young girl Haley was driven to be successful “no matter what that meant.”  She was hungry to be the best that she possibly could be.  “As an entrepreneur,” Marguerite says, “seeking new opportunities to take her company to the next level is a main priority.” Haley’s book, Charlie Takes an Adventure, is rather unique as it was written when she was only eleven [continue reading…]

 May 20, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #167 No Responses »
May 172016
 
MONROE COUNTY MAYOR HEATHER CARRUTHERS TO HOLD TOWN HALL, THURSDAY

Thursday:  May 19, 2016, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Avenue, Key West The public is invited to a town hall being held by Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers. The informal meeting will begin with a 2016 State of the County presentation followed by a Q&A session, with discussions on current topics of interest to the attendees. If more than one member of any local government board – including advisory boards – attends, only one of the members may participate in the [continue reading…]

 May 17, 2016  Posted by at 1:38 pm Public Notice 1 Response »
May 132016
 
Medical Examiner Buys Himself Video Games, Gun Supplies and a Truck With County Money

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. It all started with a dead body being hauled down US 1 on the back of an open-bed pickup truck. That was the unceremonious business practice of the new Monroe County Medical Examiner, Dr. Thomas Beaver. Families complained. Then employees at the Medical Examiner’s office began leaving. The first one to leave, Ryan Moe, claimed he was subjected to abusive treatment. He told the Keynoter last May that Beaver would leave him alone to conduct critical autopsy procedures, “He’d have [continue reading…]

May 132016
 
County Mayor Heather Carruthers: On Single Member Districts

The Mayor’s Letter to the Editor: There’s some talk right now about changing to single-member district (SMD) voting for Monroe County Commission seats. From my perspective, SMD elections would diminish voter representation and lead to legislative gridlock. With SMD elections, you vote for one Commissioner every four years. In our current at-large elections, you get to vote for all five Commissioners every four years, and for at least 40% of the Commission every two years. Suppose your SMD-elected Commissioner disagrees with you on a particular [continue reading…]

May 062016
 
Two More Scams Reported

The Sheriff’s Office had two more different types of scams reported Tuesday and would like to make everyone aware so they do not fall victim to these fraudsters. An Islamorada woman called the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night to report being scammed by someone she believed worked for a legitimate loan company. The 60 year old victim said she was trying to obtain a loan from a company called “Easy Loans”. She said a representative called and agreed to give her a $3,000 loan. He told [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #165, News No Responses »
May 062016
 
Books & Books Supports Public School with Community Book Fair Celebration

  Books & Books @ The Studios of Key West, the island’s new independent book store at 533 Eaton Street, will host a celebration of books and community on Sunday, May 15 from 10am-6pm, with supporting entertainment and opportunities presented by Key West Montessori Charter School. “Books & Books is happy to offer this day to the community and to the Montessori charter school to help encourage enthusiasm for books and reading,” says store manager Mia Clement. “We look forward to supporting an appreciation of [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #165 No Responses »
Apr 292016
 
Blues Hall of Famer Australian artist Michael Charles to Appear for 2 weeks in Key West!

On June 17th – June 29th eight times Grammy elected and recent Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Australian blues artist Michael Charles will claim the stage at Chicagos and embrace you with an elevated level of energy and a guitar driven journey through thirty one years and thirty two releases of his original music. Leading off with an explosive blues number, the audience is soon captivated by well-rehearsed precision experiencing MC’s original blues, blues based rock, inspiring ballads, as well as some well-known covers.   As [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #164, Music No Responses »
Apr 082016
 
Key West’s Black Community Fighting for Survival

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Even though the debate at City Hall this week was not officially about race, it shed an unflattering light on Key West’s cultural divide in ways that no journalist could express better than the passionate speakers did on Tuesday night. You’re just going to have to listen for yourself and be amazed. But before you click on the video, we need to make you privy to a few basic facts and to the one little secret that no one “in the know” that night had [continue reading…]

Apr 082016
 
BLOOD ON DUVAL: Update on Duval Street Shooting

On Wednesday Judge Wayne Miller opted to allow alleged Duval Street shooter, Derek Michael David, 34, to return to freedom back in his home state of Louisiana. Miller did however increase his bail by $100,000 to $582,500 and set specific conditions on David’s right to remain free pending trial. The shooting happened on March 21st at about 1:25 a.m. in the area of Rick’s Bar.  Surveillance video from the bar [see below] shows David dragging his visibly intoxicated wife, Jodie Marie David, down Charles Street and apparently knocking her to the ground. [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:22 am * Featured Story *, News 2 Responses »
Apr 082016
 
Affordable Rental Nightmare

by Cindy Cody……. I have just realized that I never need to go to Disneyland ever again. If you want the wildest ride in your life do what I just did. I listed a nice clean 2-bedroom mobile home with a big yard cheap on Craig’s List. That’s when it started. I am looking for a long-term renter that takes care of the yard and let’s me know if something needs fixing. It’s 24 hours later and I am tearing out my hair on the [continue reading…]

Apr 082016
 
As You Kill Me, So It Is Done Unto Thyself...

  by John Donnelly……. Recent cries by some to expedite the killing of cats, illustrates a callousness and depravity not often found in a civilized society. The justification proffered for slaughtering these sentimental creatures is riddled with flaws  and inaccuracies. These animals are not responsible for any of the complications attributed to their species. They are not, nor have they ever been ‘the problem’. Citizens abandoning and discarding their pets as garbage into the wild are the problem. Rather than emphasizing an ‘accelerated killing program’ [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:56 am ~ Column ~, John Donnelly 7 Responses »
Apr 082016
 
With a Rebel Yell: Remembering Artist Stanley Papio

There’s a kinetic parade coming to town on May 14th that celebrates creativity, innovation, and a Florida Keys man well ahead of his time: Stanley Papio, a folk artist with a clever sense of satire and a tenacity that continues to reverberate 34 years after his passing. “Barefoot” Stanley Papio arrived in Key Largo in 1949, when the upper Keys were little more than an isolated stretch of highway on U.S. 1. He contentedly lived at Mile Marker 101 for many years, using his welding [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:48 am Art, Issue #161, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 062016
 
KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT REOPENS AFTER MINOR CRASH

ALL 11 ABOARD SEAPLANE WERE UNINJURED Key West International Airport reopened at 7:33 p.m. Wednesday after temporarily being closed for about 90 minutes due to a seaplane that became disabled on runway 9 after its right float broke apart during landing. All 11 people on board (a pilot and 10 passengers) walked away, all declining medical treatment. “It’s the best thing we could hope for, no injuries,” said T.J. Henderson, Assistant Director of Airports.

 April 6, 2016  Posted by at 7:37 pm News 3 Responses »
Apr 062016
 
Suspect Caught After Toy Gun Stick-Up

Key West Police recovered nearly $4,800 in stolen prescription drugs Tuesday night after a Key West man allegedly robbed a local pharmacy at “gunpoint”. At 7:35 p.m. police responded to a call at the CVS at Overseas Market. When officers arrived, the victim told them a man had pointed a gun at her as she worked behind the pharmacy counter, demanding she hand over the schedule II narcotics. The suspect filled a backpack with the drugs and fled the store, running through a nearby Chinese [continue reading…]

 April 6, 2016  Posted by at 3:38 pm News 2 Responses »
Apr 012016
 
Key West and Brazil: Democracy and Police Accountability

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D……… Living and conducting research in Brazil over a number of years during its 21-year military dictatorship taught me the importance of police accountability. Sometimes when police showed up at a residence they were following government orders; sometimes they were acting alone. In either case their objective was to scare people into submission, by merely paying an unannounced visit, or by trashing a family’s possessions, or through violence against them. The victims of such police over-reach had absolutely no recourse: very [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Martha Huggins 12 Responses »
Apr 012016
 
Homeless Medical Log Date, 1 April 2016 (I wish This Were an April Fools Joke, But it’s Not)

FIRST DO NO HARM by Sloan Bashinsky……. Sitting in the waiting room shortly before my homeless lady Kari’s surgery yesterday morning, at Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island, I closed my eyes like I might journey in other realms, and immediately was overwhelmed with huge emotion, love and silent love tears, filling the entire hospital, it felt like to me – how I feel about Kari. Then, she was wheeled out of the surgery prep room on a gurney. I leaned down and kissed [continue reading…]

 April 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am ~ Column ~, Island Voices 1 Response »
Mar 182016
 
Harry Bethel Puts Local Hospital on the Hot Seat...

An Open Letter to the Lower Keys Hospital District Board and To all Elected State, County, City and Public Agency Officials. Dear Mr. Levin and District Board Members, I am a Conch and a resident of Key West. I have served on the boards of many Keys Institutions and have served as a Key West City Commissioner. There are 4 generations of Bethels living in Key West as I write this letter. By virtue of my standing in the community I come into contact with [continue reading…]

Mar 182016
 
Polynesian Sailing Ship Hōkūleʻa Will Dock in Key West!

Globe Trekking Canoe To Land in Key West on Wednesday Renowned artist and conservationist Wyland has been added as a guest crew member aboard the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s globe-trekking voyaging canoe, the Hōkūle`a (Ho ku lay a), as it continues on the next leg of its journey from Cuba to Key West Bight Marina. Depending on ocean conditions, the vessel is expected to arrive on Wednesday or Thursday morning. The canoe, along with its sister vessel, the Hikianalia, is traveling over 60,000 nautical miles around [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #158, News, Water World No Responses »
Mar 182016
 
Volunteers Needed for Taste of Key West 2016

The April 18th ‘Taste of Key West 2016’, to benefit AIDS Help, is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions, according to Executive Director Scott Pridgen. “Staging ‘Taste of Key West’ would be unthinkable without our corps of volunteers, who man sales and information booths, direct a seamless flow of hungry, thirsty patrons and even drop by food booths to see if they need anything,” says Pridgen. “In a town where second jobs are common and free time precious, the greatest gift you can offer [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:17 am Dining, Island Voices, Issue #158, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 182016
 
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar  THURSDAY, MARCH 17 thru WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23

  Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Thursday Tennessee Williams Gallery – Opening Reception, 5:30 PM New permanent exhibit/installation of Tennessee William’s paintings, 2nd floor of the Custom House Museum. Key West Art & Historical Society, 281 Front St. 305-295-6616. kwahs.org The Key West Plein Air Painters – Armory Show, 6 PM Key West subjects painted in the open air by some of Key West’s finest artists. The Armory, 600 White St. Walk on [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #158, Music, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 182016
 
Sister Season Fund Needs Help

Sister Season Fund needs help. “Islands in the Sun,” the 4th annual Southernmost Fashion Show to benefit the local charity, will be held Sunday, April 3 at the Southernmost Mansion and SSF Vice President Julie Hanson, chair of the show, is asking for help. Sister Season Fund is the charity that pays rent and utilities for locals in the hospitality and entertainment industries when they temporarily are unable to work through no fault of their own. Hanson has announced that 20 local models will showcase [continue reading…]

 March 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am News No Responses »
Mar 142016
 
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: PEARY COURT / VOTE NO - THE CHOICE IS OBVIOUS

by Christine Russel……. PEARY COURT:  VOTE NO – THE CHOICE IS OBVIOUS SO THE CITY WANTS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT “AFFORDABLE WORKFORCE HOUSING?” CHOICE A:  VOTE YES: BUY PEARY COURT:  157 UNITS FACT:  Peary Court’s 157 2-bedroom / 1 bathroom units will cost $350,000 each. 157 units that will rent for $2400 a month – affordable for workers who earn the highest salaries. Result: Empty the Land Authority account of 10 Million. Risky 30-year mortgage FOR the remaining balance on $55 MILLION purchase price. If all [continue reading…]

 March 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:07 pm News 5 Responses »
Mar 132016
 
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: FANTASY FEST / JUST SAY "NO" TO BUSINESS AS USUAL

It is past time for the other City Commissioners to join Margaret Romero and just say “NO” to “business as usual” in Key West. Buried near the bottom of the upcoming City Commission Meeting on March 16, 2016, is the innocuous sounding agenda Item #14, which calls for a one year extension of the agreement between the City and the TDA (Tourist Development Association). If adopted this would extend the Fantasy Fest contract for another year, putting the taxpayers on the hook for another subsidy [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2016  Posted by at 1:09 pm Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Mar 112016
 
FDA PUBLISHES PRELIMINARY FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON OXITEC’S OX513A MOSQUITO

Key West, FL, March 11, 2016: Today, the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM) published in the Federal Register a preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI) on Oxitec’s OX513A Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is in agreement with the conclusions of Oxitec’s draft Environmental Assessment (EA). The draft EA and preliminary FONSI will be available for public review and comment beginning Monday, March 14, 2016. After a 30-day public comment period, the FDA will review the comments as part of their evaluation [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 2:23 pm ** BREAKING NEWS ** 3 Responses »
Mar 112016
 
Peary Court Purchase:  Speculators Win; Key West Loses

Commentary by Dr. Martha K. Huggins……. Key West, an island seven miles long with 7.4 square miles of land mass, is saddled with almost $107 million dollars of long-term debt.   City Commissioners have asked voters to approve yet another $55 million dollars in debt. Their appeal is couched in humanitarian concern for low-paid workers who need “affordable” housing, Ironically, such workers are often employees of the very City Commissioners who want KW government to subsidize housing for their exploited employees. Key West needs affordable housing, [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am News 14 Responses »