Jan 012016

by Naja and Arnaud Girard.......

Key West "Boat Kids" and their families were shipwrecked by Hurricane Wilma ten years ago. From their lives on a desert island to today, this is a story of creativity and resilience...

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Arnaud and Naja Girard
Arnaud and Naja Girard, publishers and editors of the new, digital, Key West the Newspaper (The Blue Paper) previously reported for the former Key West The Newspaper, Key West’s longest running independent weekly, published by Dennis Reeves Cooper, Ph.D., from January 1994 until November 2012. The Girards are perhaps best known for their discovery of and extensive research surrounding the US Navy’s 1951 claim of ownership of Wisteria Island but are also responsible for top investigative stories including breaking news coverage of the highly controversial in-custody-death of Charles Eimers on Thanksgiving Day 2013, the catastrophic police tasing of Matthew Shawn Murphy, and the property tax scandal involving Balfour Beatty to name a few. Additionally the Girards have become well known for their in-depth investigations into local governments' sometimes questionable dealings with high dollar developers. Arnaud and Naja have lived in Key West since 1986.
 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 3:35 pm Documentary, Issue #147, Naja and Arnaud Girard  Add comments

  3 Responses to “KEY WEST “BOAT KIDS” / Ten Years After Hurricane Wilma”

  1. Wow! This is terrific, very moving.

  2. Inspiring, very well done. They will be or are a part of KW history as much as John Simonton, William Pope Duval, Henry Flagler, Joseph “Bum” Farto, Captain Tony Tarracino,or Jimmy Buffet.

  3. Loved this well executed documentary on live-aboard kids. They all turned out beautifully. Perhaps no TV and having to use their imaginations to entertain themselves had something to do with it….Living close to nature and developing respect for it may have also been a positive influence..Fact is, that is how we all used to spend our childhoods and now if you live and grow that way you are the oddball. “Normal” is bowing your head to an I-phone and communicating via text and Twitter. I like tech and am no Luddite, but a little balance is in order for our kid’s sake…Like the bumper sticker said, “Daddy, what were trees like?”

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