by Dennis Reeves Cooper… The Southernmost Point. That big red buoy at the southern end of Whitehead Street. One of the top tourist attractions on the island. But most Key Westers know that the big red buoy does not really mark the actual geographic Southernmost Point. The actual Southernmost Point is supposedly a few blocks on the other side of that fence on Navy property, right? But if the buoy were placed over there, very few tourists would be able to go there and get [continue reading…]
U.S. Customs and Border Protection approved Key West International Airport’s request to support increased scheduled air service between Key West and Havana, Cuba, a route applied for by Silver Airlines. In a letter dated June 21, 2016 the CBP approved up to 20 passengers per flight, doubling the previous capacity that has been allowed since 2011. “We are hopeful that Silver Airlines will be granted the Key West to Havana route and we made this request in preparation for that possibility,” said Donald DeGraw, Director [continue reading…]
Hotter-than-normal ocean temperatures continue for 3rd consecutive year A new NOAA outlook shows that many coral reefs across around the world will likely be exposed to higher-than-normal sea temperatures for an unprecedented third year in a row, leading to increased bleaching – and with no signs of stopping. While the bleaching event is global, it will hit the U.S. hard, especially in Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida Keys, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The deeper reefs in the Flower [continue reading…]
by Thomas L. Knapp……. The US Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Utah v. Strieff, issued on June 20, is the latest in a long line of rulings expanding the powers of police at the expense of everyone else. Such expansions represent a clear and present danger to the public … and when resistance to the abuses they encourage explodes into open violence, as it surely will sooner or later, to police themselves. Edward Strieff was detained in what the state of Utah’s attorneys openly admit [continue reading…]
by Thomas L. Knapp……. The US State Department’s “Dissent Channel” is a mechanism through which department personnel may disagree with administration policy without fear of job retribution. On June 17, Mark Landler of the New York Times revealed the existence of a recent “Dissent Channel” memo bearing the signatures of 51 diplomats and other department officials and calling for “a more militarily assertive US role in Syria [versus the Assad regime], based on the judicious use of stand-off and air weapons.” Let me open my [continue reading…]
New Report Shows 750,000 People with Disabilities Behind Bars; Offers Specific Recommendations to Include Disability Lens in Justice Reform Process Washington, – As the White House and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle consider criminal justice reform, a new white paper, “Disability & Criminal Justice Reform: Keys to Success” was released this week by the nonprofit disability organization, RespectAbility. The report uses public data previously available but never before assembled and analyzed. It makes a series of recommendations to reduce the school-to-prison pipeline for people [continue reading…]
by Ray Jason……. One of the great joys of my sea gypsy life is the wonderful sense of camaraderie that exists amongst the ocean sailing community. Because we have voluntarily embraced dangers that land-dwellers vigorously avoid, we have a deep sense of kinship. And when we gather together in foreign ports, we are extremely helpful to each other because we are essentially a wandering, water-winged tribe. This is a far cry from the isolation and suffocation of the modern suburbs. A common fixture of our [continue reading…]
by Kim Pederson……. Across the pond in England starting in 1811 and and ending roughly in 1816, a group of textile weavers, employed by others or self-employed, rebelled against the machines. The particular devices were stocking looms, spinning frames, and power looms developed as part of the Industrial Revolution. The weavers feared they would lose their jobs to lower-paid, less-skilled workers because of the new technologies and went on a region-wide machine-breaking rampage in the northwestern part of the country, one that had to be [continue reading…]
Thousand Cats Hill The Watrous boy said he saw a million cats on the hill in back of the house. His father admonished him that one should alway speak the truth. The boy reduced the number to a thousand. To a hundred. Ten. Well, there was a stray gone wild up on the hill. And it moved so fast it looked like there were two of them. At least two. Maybe more.
To the Editor, Conch Republicans – “We the people” need to “Occupy” the establishment. Too many have unknowingly(?) been co-opted by the Dark side. GMO mosquitos are designed to get us comfortable with the transhuman agenda (Google it) – a corruption of God’s agenda. Long live the Conch (& American) Republic. May the FARCE be with us! E PLURIBUS UNUM Ronald Cole
Dear Editor, How did the sanitary sewer project go so wrong? It all goes back to the one cent sales tax extension that was used to pay for the sewer system. This is an unconventional way to finance a local sewer system, but it eliminated the need for an environmental assessment plan that would have been carefully reviewed by the Corps of Engineers. There was widespread public support for the sales tax extension. It looked like the ballot would easily pass, since it was sold [continue reading…]
Dear Editor, According to the News/Barometer’s front page article, it appears that the BOCC doesn’t know what to do with the SURPLUS Infrastructure Sales Tax Monies. First of all why is there a Surplus?? If there’s a Surplus then the continuation of taxing the citizens isn’t needed. Hey BOCC, I’ve got a suggestion on what to do with the SURPLUS Infrastructure Sales Tax Monies(I-S/T monies). Spend the Money as the Voters Mandated. Quit trying to screw with George Neugeant’s LOSERS. Spend the $1600 each for [continue reading…]
The community is invited to join in commemorating local philanthropist Edward B. Knight with a ceremony renaming the White Street Pier. The dedication ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29th at the base of the pier henceforth known as the Edward B. Knight Pier. During his 75 on the island, Mr. Knight has been known as a visionary and a man open to new ideas. He has made tremendous contributions to our City by way of real estate development, historical preservation and overall [continue reading…]
Free App Provides Potentially Lifesaving Information Designed to Help Families Before, During, and After Disasters Washington, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents across the nation to download and use the FEMA smartphone app. The app is designed to help families prepare for a wide array of natural and man-made disasters, and can help affected Americans recover, should disaster strike. FEMA officials will be available for interviews to discuss the importance of residents preparing for severe weather, and specific features contained [continue reading…]
Martinez, CA: Early this morning, more than six people have occupied the main entrance to the Shell Oil refinery on Pacheco Boulevard in Martinez, CA today to protect and defend the land, air, water and soil from pollutants and to protest the company’s environmental and human rights record. Gathering with several dozen other community members, the group intentionally walked onto Shell’s property with the intention of stopping entry into the refinery. Today’s action at Shell is in response to the Indigenous Women of the Americas [continue reading…]
(Washington, D.C.,) A new eagle-management plan proposed by the federal government would give wind energy developers 30-year permits to “take” or incidentally kill protected Bald and Golden Eagles, without requiring the industry to share mortality data with the public or take into consideration such critical factors as proper siting. The so-called Eagle Take Rule, proposed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, puts many thousands of the nation’s protected Bald and Golden Eagles at unacceptable risk. American Bird Conservancy successfully sued the government over a [continue reading…]
Activism Through Art: Key West Art & Historical Society Film Series Continues at Custom House Museum with “Stardust Stricken” In a time when temperatures and political activism are heating up, cool down with a thought-provoking film that explores what it means to turn adversity into art with “Stardust Stricken,” Thursday, July 14 at 6:00 pm in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. Part of Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Art As History, History As Art” film [continue reading…]
PEACE THROUGH EDUCATION Cuba will soon welcome three Key West preschool teachers as part of a Teacher Training for Innovative Learning Program planned and hosted by Fundación Amistad, a not-for- profit organization whose mission is to foster good relations between the US and Cuba. Teachers Karina Bowders, Marjorie Calderon and Director, Amy O’Connor of The Children’s School will be headed to Havana, Cuba on June 27th to bring their knowledge of “Positive Discipline” a child- centered Montessori curriculum as well as classroom materials to share [continue reading…]
After learning about different artists and art mediums, campers explore their own interpretations of a selected artist’s work on recycled fabric. The children are part of Journey through the Mediums: The Study of an Artist, this week’s Key West Art & Historical Society’s ArtCamp! led by instructor Pascale Beregovoi-Davis. “On so many occasions I have heard children (& adults) say “I can’t draw” or “I can’t paint”,” says Beregovoi-Davis, who has studied Art & Design at the renowned St. Martin’s School of Arts and teaches [continue reading…]
Local photographer Larry Blackburn will show his photographic works on Friday, July 1st in conjunction with the First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll. The showing, entitled “Scene in Key West”, will feature photographs of many familiar sights around Key West that Larry feels fortunate to experience on a daily basis. The photographs are printed on different media types including canvas, metal and metallic paper. The show will take place inside of Duval Square at 1075 Duval Street in Key West from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 [continue reading…]
“The clacking of the palm fronds when the wind is blowing, the thud of coconuts hitting the ground, and the random, sometimes massive chunks of odd-shaped and textured husks, berries, leaves are sculpturally fascinating pieces of tropical foliage that land on the ground,” says Nancy Spiewak, who commemorates botanical life in the tropics in her newest photography exhibit that opens on Saturday, July 2 from 6pm-8pm at SALT Gallery. “Botanicals” features over a dozen of Spiewak’s new works– untitled archival pigment prints printed on 100% [continue reading…]
Attention – all past Anne McKee Artist’s Fund grant recipients. We have exciting plans to do a large retrospective show of McKee Fund grant recipients since the beginning – 22 years! If you are interested in being part of this exciting exhibit that will take place at TSKW in January 2017, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you this summer with instructions and more information. Sorry, but this show is only open to McKee Fund grant recipients. Thank you.
Thursday, June 23 thru Wednesday, June 29 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West CLASSES/WORKSHOPS Saturday/Sunday Aztec Calendar Design, 12 PM Learn the history of the Aztec calendar from Rene Trevino, the significance of the design and how to create an individual interpretation of it. The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458. tskw.org FESTIVALS/FUNDRAISERS Saturday Tropical Fruit Fiesta, 9 AM Family friendly event: tropical fruit trees for sale, fruit to sample, fruit auctions, information on planting, [continue reading…]
VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION & HOSPICE OF THE FLORIDA KEYS CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY AT THE 32nd ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY PICNIC Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/Hospice) celebrates Independence Day as they host their largest fundraiser of the year, The 4th of July Picnic, at the Casa Marina – A Waldorf Astoria Resort (1500 Reynolds Street). Now in its 32nd year, the picnic is a Key West tradition for generations of locals and visitors alike. Local radio personality, Bill Hoebee will emcee [continue reading…]
A group of 75 Monroe County kids are learning about law enforcement this week during the Keys annual Florida Sheriff’s Association Summer Camp. The camp is being held at Gerald Adams Elementary School on Stock Island all week. Kids have had the opportunity to learn about all aspects of law enforcement, including Special Weapons and Tactics, Traffic Enforcement, and a visit to the Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm.
Join The Sister Season Fund upstairs at Irish Kevin’s, 211 Duval Street, on Wednesday, June 29th from 6:00PM – 9:00PM for the Grand Opening of the Balcony Bar! Admission is free, donations are welcome. Cash bar with drink specials and live music by John Solinski. This fundraiser includes a silent auction and 50/50 raffle and all tips at the Balcony Bar will be donated to The Sister Season Fund! Come out for a fun evening and help support Locals Helping Locals. For more information or [continue reading…]
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health’s statewide cancer registry has been recognized as a Registry of Excellence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR). This achievement highlights the department’s ongoing commitment to high quality data collection, analysis and reporting. “The department is dedicated to producing the highest quality data to inform state leaders, stakeholders and citizens,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip. “We are proud our state cancer registry is now recognized [continue reading…]
The City Commission and City Manager Jim Scholl last night commended retiring Pearline Lewis for her 30 years of service to the City. For the past 13 years, Mrs. Lewis has served as the City’s Worker’s Compensation Specialist. She started with the City in the finance department in 1986, and has worked in human resources as well. “Mrs. Lewis has always served the public in a professional and courteous manner,” said Scholl. “She has been open to innovative ideas, always worked as a team player, [continue reading…]
The Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics team and the Key West Police Special Response Team recently gave a presentation at the Key West Mystery Writer’s Festival. They spoke about the role of SWAT and SRT teams in law enforcement and gave a presentation with some of the equipment they use on their operations. SWAT Leader Sgt. Joel Slough and SWAT member Sgt. David Smith participated in the presentation along with KWPD SRT Member Officer Michael Pettee. In the photos, left to right, Sgt.s Slough [continue reading…]
June 27 marks the 21th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day. This observance promotes the importance of HIV testing and education to help stop the spread of HIV. One of the most important steps in preventing HIV is to get tested and know your status, as well as the status of your partner. Florida has been heavily impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The state continues to rank third in the nation in the cumulative number of AIDS cases (126,581 in 2012) and second in [continue reading…]
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ADOPTS RESOLUTION TO TARGET GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION OF AN ADDITIONAL 40 % BY 2030 KEY LARGO – With Monroe County achieving its first greenhouse gases reduction goal of 20 percent by 2020 several years early, the Board of County Commissioners just adopted a new climate action goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in both county operations and community wide by an additional 40% by 2030. “Here in the Florida Keys, we already are feeling the effects of greenhouse gas emissions [continue reading…]
Keys temperatures are great for the pool and the beach, but they’re not so good for the inside of cars, where the interior can rise to deadly temperatures in a very short period of time. Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition reminds caregivers to never leave children alone in cars. According to the Children’s Safety Network, “Vehicles heat up very quickly, and that heat can be fatal to young children. Children are at a higher risk than adults of dying from heatstroke in a vehicle because [continue reading…]
At the Florida Wildlife Federation’s 79th Annual Conservation Awards Banquet to be held June 25, 2016, at the Courtyard Marriott Riverfront Hotel in Bradenton, ten outstanding Florida conservationists will be recognized for their conservation achievements. Conservation award winners are chosen from nominations made to the Federation’s board of directors based on their accomplishments on behalf of Florida’s fish, wildlife and native habitats. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson will be inducted into the Florida Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Hall of Fame. A fifth generation Floridian, U.S. Senator Bill [continue reading…]
The Sheriff’s Office Lower Keys district held a cleanup of the area around Loop Road on Sugarloaf Key recently. The bridge and its surroundings are a popular hangout spot and vandals frequently paint graffiti on the bridge. Deputies and detectives collected trash and painted out the graffiti along with members of the public who turned out to help.
This industrious and hard working group cleaned up the area behind Waldorf Plaza at the 99.5 mile marker of the highway recently. They removed 15 large bags full of trash, and returned 15 shopping carts from various businesses. They also painted out graffiti on the back of the plaza. Helping out was: Sgt. Sydney Whitehouse, Deputies Brian Cross, Jean Gonzalez, Matt Koval, Dave Campbell, Detective Barney Sajdak, Juvenile Programs Counselor Natalka Whitehouse and County Employee Eddie Cabote.
The newly appointed Fire Chief Michael Davila is pleased to announce several promotions and changes within the Key West Fire Department. Danny Blanco has assumed the duties of Division Chief of Operations. Alan Averette has been named the Division Chief of Fire Prevention or Fire Marshal. Kenny Wardlow has been promoted to Division Chief of Emergency Management and Training. Jason Barroso has been promoted to Captain in the Fire Prevention Bureau. Wesley Jones was promoted to Lieutenant in the Fire Prevention Bureau. Eddie Perez will [continue reading…]
by Alexis d’Albissin and Arnaud Girard……. “We’re guinea pigs in their science experiment,“ said Dick Nalley. Like many of his neighbors in Key Haven, he has dotted his front yard with angry placards. The government, you see, together with a British biotech company called Oxitec, plans to release three million genetically modified mosquitoes into their small island neighborhood, 5 miles northeast of Key West. The ultimate goal is to test this new tool for stopping the propagation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries dengue, chikungunya, and [continue reading…]
by Stephen K. Murray-Smith……. There has been much conversation and angst about genetically modified Aedes Aegypti being tested in the lower Keys. The Key West City Commission passed a resolution against a trial release in the city until further studies are conducted. Now Key Haven residents will have an opportunity to vote on a trial release in their community. While not a binding vote, the FKMCD commission agreed to respect the outcome of the vote. With Zika virus at our doorstep, we are looking at [continue reading…]
by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. I WAS JUST WONDERING. I have been writing columns for The Blue Paper since 1994. And many, if not most of the concepts for those columns started with “just wondering” about how something works or the truth about a particular topic. Maybe because I’m getting older, I have recently been wondering about what happens– or what HAS to happen– when a person dies in Key West. As with many stories, this one turned out to be more complex (and maybe [continue reading…]
Dear Editor, This week the TDC passed a $55,000,000 budget to advertise Key West and The Florida Keys. And The Key West Bight Management Board unanimously and resoundingly voted NO parking garage on the already congested Greene St. that the City of Key West proposed. The neighbors applauded, the tenants of the Bight were elated, Reef Relief which would have lost its space was relieved. A show of hands at City Hall showed that every individual and group in the room was sending a message [continue reading…]