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Issue #78 — Friday, September 5, 2014

UPDATE: New Charges in Ethics Complaint Against George Neugent

I previously reported on the formal ethics complaint I filed with the state of Florida against George Neugent for his actions bankrupting Stand Up for Animals in order to award their contract to his friends. I also reported on Neugent’s breaking of his signed oath on his financial disclosure Form 6 with numerous errors showing Read More...

Over-Development, Cronyism, and Corruption in the Middle Keys

Cities and towns love development. The more the better. More money – for rich people – more tourists, and more – low paying – jobs. That’s partly why the Marathon City Council rubberstamped a proposal to redevelop the Sombrero Country Club into what will become Florida Keys Resort. The newly approved development may also endanger Read More...

VOTER ALERT: IN THE WAKE OF THE EIMERS GRAND JURY SCANDAL, STATE ATTORNEY VOGEL IS UP FOR REELECTION IN 2016

State Attorney Catherine Vogel’s office is corrupt. This statement might appear to some readers to be an attempt on my part to be a bit sensational. But it’s not. Informed government-watchers reading this are more likely to simply yawn and silently ask, “So what’s your point?” I have been reporting to my readers for years Read More...

Key West Homeless Forum Report From An Ex- Key West Street Person's Perspective

While The Blue Paper was hard at blue news work, the Key West homeless forum happened on August 28 at the Harvey Government Center. The  four forum panelists’ main thrust was the criminalization of homelessness is the most expensive and least effective way to deal with homelessness. Jailing homeless people costs the criminal justice and Read More...

Key West Homeless Forum Report From An Ex- Key West Street Person’s Perspective

While The Blue Paper was hard at blue news work, the Key West homeless forum happened on August 28 at the Harvey Government Center. The  four forum panelists’ main thrust was the criminalization of homelessness is the most expensive and least effective way to deal with homelessness. Jailing homeless people costs the criminal justice and Read More...

In Monroe County, Change Is a Dirty Word

Change is a dirty word in Monroe County.  In last week’s election, every incumbent save one was returned to office.  And the incumbent turned out was a judge in the midst of a tawdry personal scandal who still managed to appeal to nearly 4,000 voters or 23% of the electorate.  The only new face to Read More...

Just Sayin’

My wife and I just returned from a long holiday touring Scotland and Ireland. We have visited Scotland before, but this was our first time on the Emerald Isle. We try to get out of the states every three or four years and see how it’s done elsewhere. We’ve been lucky enough to travel to Read More...

Tick…Tick…Tick

On Friday, Vladimir Putin said this: “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is a reality, not just words.” He’s also started calling eastern Ukraine “New Russia,” which is a little scary since we have a good idea where that could go and more than a Read More...

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Kindred Acknowledgements–Spur Curiosity, Intellect & Optimism…

Anguish and struggle are  a part of life.  It doesn’t mean that we are doing something wrong or need to be saved. If we’re willing to acknowledge that these experiences are integral components of life, the fear and despair associated with these states of mind can be eliminated. Focusing on exterminating or avoiding any mood, Read More...

Kindred Acknowledgements–Spur Curiosity, Intellect & Optimism…

Anguish and struggle are  a part of life.  It doesn’t mean that we are doing something wrong or need to be saved. If we’re willing to acknowledge that these experiences are integral components of life, the fear and despair associated with these states of mind can be eliminated. Focusing on exterminating or avoiding any mood, Read More...

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TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART SIX: The Musician and Judge Reef

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key Read More...

Help Yourself Adopts “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” Program

Help Yourself, the natural and organic market and restaurant became the first Key West retailer to “Take The Pledge” and promote the use of reusable shopping bags as part of nonprofit Green Living and Energy Education’s “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” program (GYB). That pledge takes a big step toward reducing single use plastic bag Read More...

JIATF PAO joins Key West Sunrise Rotary

Key West Sunrise Rotary installed Jody Draves as its newest member on Aug. 29. Draves serves as the Public Affairs Officer for Joint Interagency Task Force South. The ceremony included Membership Committee Chair Sue Fowler, President Ron Demes and Draves’ sponsor Jim Smith. The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic meets on Read More...

Key West Breast Cancer Prevention Advocate Named to National Cancer Summit

Susan Wadia-Ells, breast cancer prevention educator and Key West resident will speak at the 2nd Annual Cure to Cancer Summit next week. The September 3-19 on-line, international conference headlines: Bernie Siegel, M.D., The Art of Healing;  Kelly Turner,  Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds; Thomas Seyfried, The Metabolic Theory of Cancer; Bill Henderson, Cancer Read More...

Tropic Cinema Presents "Sea Siren" a Multi-Media Show of Film, Art & Music [Adults Only]

Tropic Cinema Presents “Sea Siren” a Multi-Media Show of Film, Art & Music [Adults Only]

Wesley House Fundraiser at Mangia Mangia, September 8th

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN NOW ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS [Deadline: Fri Sept 12th]

Take Stock in Children, a college scholarship program for high-performing, low-income students, is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. Motivated students, grades 7 – 10, with the desire and potential to attend college or learn a trade should apply. “This is an outstanding program that offers more than a college scholarship to qualified Read More...

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, November 6 thru Wednesday, November 12

Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Thursday Polar Opposites Opening Reception, 6 PM Lucky Street Gallery, 540 Greene St. 294-3973. Luckystreetgallery.com James Barr-Nobles, B. Lucy Stevens. (more…)

PHIL PETERSON’S KEY WEST POKER RUN, SOFLA’S BIGGEST BIKER PARTY OF THE YEAR

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