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Eimers Case: Accusations of Perjury and Destruction of Evidence Could Land Default Judgment In Favor of Eimers Family

by Naja and Arnaud Girard [SEE VIDEO DEPOSITIONS BELOW] Attorneys in the federal wrongful death case filed by the Eimers family against KWPD officers and the City of Key West were heard for the first time before Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman on Plaintiffs’ Motion For Sanctions. In their motion the family accuses Defendants of perjury and destruction of evidence. The City filed a 24-page response to try to curb the damage done by an unexpected video that appears to contradict sworn statements made…

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Mortgage Fraud Investigation of FDLE Agent Kathy Smith Ongoing

by Naja and Aranud Girard The home that landed FDLE Agent Kathy Smith in the center of a mortgage fraud investigation is now being foreclosed on. We learned this week that on December 15, 2014, Capital One N.A. filed a foreclosure action against the home on 1 Emerald Drive in Big Coppitt. According to a local financial analyst [who asked to remain anonymous] any potential charges that may be filed against Agent Smith could become more serious if the lender ends up suffering…

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F.E.B. Corporation Argues Against Offshore Island Moratorium / BOCC Remains Steadfast

Attorney Barton Smith, clarified his relationship with Roger Bernstien’s F.E.B. Corporation on Wednesday.  On behalf of the would-be developer of Wisteria Island, Smith attempted to convince the Board of County Commissioners to change their minds about establishing a moratorium on new offshore island development. The Commission, in a unanimous decision, moved forward with steps to enact the moratorium despite Smith’s arguments that the moratorium was not needed. See related articles:   David Wolkowski:  “God Wasn’t On Duty One Day” Last Minute…

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Grinder Pumps Opposition Gets Hearing

by Rick Boettger The organization Dump the Pumps finally got a court hearing in its suit to halt the installation of grinder pumps up the Keys. Judge Wayne Miller heard arguments from Dump the Pumps on one side and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, in charge of installing the pumps, and the Department of Environmental Protection on the other. Judge Miller explained the long delay Dump the Pumps had in getting a hearing as due in part to three of…

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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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Library Friends Lecture at Key West Theater

Alison Lurie, prize winning author and scholar, is the second speaker in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, January 26, 6:00 p.m., at the series’ temporary location, Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Lurie will discuss and show slides that illustrate her newest work, The Language of Houses, a book that explores the psychological significance of the houses in which we live, as well as the public buildings in which our…

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Action Jammie

by Ronnnie Sands They stole my Action Jammie (my state-of-the-art yellow Diamondback mountain bike) from my porch during the night. I had christened it Action Jammie on the day I purchased it two years ago from Island Bicycles. I wept openly in my wife’s Cheryl’s arms. She began to cry also when I told her I would have to use her bike (a relic from the Wizard of Oz; the only things missing were Margaret Hamilton, a picnic basket, and…

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A Message from Interstellar Transmissions Band

Citizens of Key West, We, the humble gypsies of Interstellar Transmissions, would like to express our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of Love and support that we have received from all of you, since the moment that we arrived in your laid-back Island community. While we had come to Key West for the weather, it is in the kindness of the people where we truly find warmth. Our project has gone through many incarnations, bested countless challenges, watched the sunrise…

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, January 22 thru Wednesday, January 28 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Thursday Grace Grand Opening Reception, 6 PM 600 Frances St. Fine jewelry and artifacts. Saturday & Sunday Key West Craft Show, 10 AM Whitehead Street, between Greene & Caroline Streets. 294-1241. keywestartcenter.com Monday John Whitney & Jane Washburn Opening Reception, 5:30 PM Gingerbread Square Gallery, 1207…

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United Way Grant Applications for 2015-16 Now Available

Applications are now available for grants United Way of the Florida Keys will distribute in 2015-16. In 2014-15, United Way distributed a total of $145,000 in grants to 13 Keys nonprofits. United Way’s mission is to support programs that meet a critical need for working families in Monroe County. To be eligible for a 2015-16 grant, a Keys nonprofit agency must provide an unduplicated service in one of two community impact areas—“Access to nutritious food for people in critical need,”…

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ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET RETURNS TO KEY WEST

“We loved playing for you all last year. It was a very special event.” Fred Lifsitz, violin player with the San Francisco-based Alexander String Quartet, is describing the ensemble’s Impromptu Classical Concert experience during their February, 2014 appearance at Key West’s San Carlos Institute. Good news for Keys audiences: the Quartet is returning in 2015 to perform an all-Beethoven program at St. Paul’s Church on Sunday, February 1st, 4:00 p.m. Their performance is a replacement for the 2015 series first…

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Paul Cotton Back From His Band Poco’s Induction Into Colorado Music Hall of Fame

PAUL COTTON returns home to perform all his written hits, with a few tribute songs to Poco and their founders the Buffalo Springfield. Don’t miss this renowned Gold & Platinmum recording artist and his legendary local band – right here in Key West! Schooner Wharf Historic Seaport Jan. 23/24 730ish -1130pm

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Love Lane Gang! They’re Just Plain Fun!!

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present. It’s impossible to keep from smiling amidst their mirthful musical mayhem! The emphasis is on ragtime, swing, and…

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Southernmost Magnolia Playing at B.O.’s and Sunset Lounge…

Southernmost Magnolia, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of Cajun, country, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixtures Steve Gibson on mandolin and Cindy Jefferson on bass,and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your head boppin’, your toes tappin’, and your feet movin’. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.’s…

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The Greens Tonight & All Week long!!! Civil War Jazz and Blue Grass NEW GROUP in Town

Nothing green behind the ears when it comes to Key West’s newest band, The Greens. Each member brings a fresh country sound of Civil War Jazz and jam to the lower Keys. Steve LaPierre… the popular Key West street painter, burly stand-up bass player and cofounder of the Love Lane Gang, just back from Nashville recording sessions began talking with Key West banjo player, bar none, Jason Shore awhile back. “We wanted to bring a new thing to Key West,…

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KEY WEST: CAPITAL OF BIKE CRASHES, Locals Talk About What To Do

by Naja and Arnaud Girard The worst picture you could ever imagine of your car would probably be the one where it’s stopped in the middle of the highway, at night, with the handlebars of a bicycle sticking out from beneath your tires. “I didn’t see him. A guy on a scooter just started yelling at me….So I looked over there.” the driver told us. He said he just heard the kid bump the car and out of the darkness a…

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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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The New Illuminati

by Rick Boettger The original Illuminati was a Bavarian secret society, kind of like Yale’s Skull and Bones, created to spread the enlightenment in Bavaria in 1776. It lasted only ten years, but in that short time got people to believe it had such power it survived to mastermind the French Revolution, the Battle of Waterloo, the French Revolution and President John F. Kennedy’s assassination –as well as encouraging a communist plot to hasten the New World Order by infiltrating…

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FLASHBACK (SWALLOWING THE COCONUT)

by Ronnie Sands Friday finally came, not just any Friday, but one of the so too few twice-a-month payday Fridays. So begins the ritual in my home. I hand over my paycheck to my wife Cheryl, who also doubles as the family accountant. Thank God for her gifted talents of paying the bills and going to the market. If not for this bi‑weekly ritual, my wife and I would probably be living under one of the already too crowded bridges of…

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Key West Literary Seminar 2015: How The Light Get’s In

by Alex Symington Our little island city has many charms to crow about; gentle warm weather in January, an exciting swashbuckling and idiosyncratic history, New-England-meets-the-South architectural style, great theater and music venues, but the crown jewel, I submit, is the Key West Literary Seminar. Our near century long history as a refuge for artists and writers is well documented, making Key West the most natural place on the planet for literary greats to gather once a year, (this being the…

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Key West & Beyond

Opening reception: Monday Jan 19th, 5-8PM Gildea Contemporary Gallery Paul Gildea’s newest show at 522 Southard Street, ”Key West and Beyond”, featuring Key West nightscapes by Stephen LaPierre and abstracts by Miami-based Cuban artist Vincente Dopico Lerner opens Monday, January 19th , from 5pm to 8pm. There is something for every type of contemporary art lover in Gildea’s show. LaPierre’s oils, including “Margaritaville “, “The 900 block-Duval”, and other familiar nightlife scenes, present a sharp contrast with Dopico Lerner’s mystical…

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CLASSICAL JAM TO PERFORM AT SAN CARLOS INSTITUTE

New York based Classical Jam brings their polished, imaginative ensemble sound to San Carlos Institute on January 25th at 4:00 pm. Presented by the venerable Impromptu Classical Concerts, Classical Jam includes Chern Hwei Fung, violin; Katie Kresek, viola; Marco Granados, flute; Wendy Law, cello; and Justin Hines, percussion. In addition to ensemble work, each is sought-after soloist, as well as instructor. Classical Jam will present an ambitious program featuring compositions by Astor Piazzolla (whose work is enjoying a much-deserved revival),…

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LaPierre’s Blue Heaven & Linden’s Fish Sculpture

Two Anne McKee Fine Art Auction pieces now on exhibit “Blue Heaven”, an original oil painting, by Stephen LaPierre, the popular Key West street artist and two-time Ann McKee Artist Fund Recipient, along with a palm fish sculpture by the contemporary Keys sculptor, Steve Linden, will be one of many pieces offered to the highest bidders at this year’s Anne McKee Fine Arts Auction, Sunday Feb 8th, at Fort East Martello. LaPierre’s Blue Heaven, a 24” x 18” framed nightscape,…

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Love Lane Gang!

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present. It’s impossible to keep from smiling amidst their mirthful musical mayhem! The emphasis is on ragtime and swing…