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TO THE VOTERS OF MONROE COUNTY: Herewith are reproduced a few of the Many Stories showing my activity in promoting the interests of Monroe County, clipped from our Hometown NEWSPAPER, The Key West Citizen KEY WEST, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1954 Survey Starts On Catwalk Project For Keys Bridges Papy, Road Dept . Engineers Study Layout From B. C. To Summerland There is gocfd news today for Keys bridge fishermen. State Representative Ber nie C. Papy, along with two engineers from the State Road Department began yes terday a preliminary sur vey of keys bridges from Boca Chica to Summerland Key as the latest step in pro viding the catwalks for use by fishermen. The next step, Papy says, is the drawing di plans by the road de partment and a call for bids. Monroe County residents may see actual construction begin sooner than they think. And with them will come the end of a haxard which has long boon a source of concern to motorists along the Overseas Highway. Acting Governor Charley Johns two weeks ago in a speech at Ma rathon promised keys residents that he would intercede with the State Road Department to obtain the catwalks. Last week, Papy ap peared before the Road Board and obtained an appropriation of $50,- 000 for the catwalks. The Overseas Road and Toll Bridge District then appropriated $83,000. Yastarday's survay covarad an araa south of tha Big Pina Kay toll gate and was of a prelimin ary natura. No data concerning tha actual details of tha place ment and construction have been released although tentative dis cussions indicated that 300 feat of catwalks may be placed an tha Boca Chica Bridge l5O feat on each side. The 50-thousandf dollars that the Road Department has to spend should furnish a total of two thou sand feet of catwalks, it has been estimated. Preliminary plans call for the catwalks to be constructed of steel. The weather bureau has been consulted for tide data to aid in the placement olt catwalks, Pa py said. Surveys were made at bridges up the keys including Harris Gap Channel, Kemp Channel Viaduct, Lower Sugar Loaf Key and the Bow Channel Viaduct near Sum merland Key among others. Engineers Kirby Storter and H. P. Williams conducted the survey. E. F. DeVries of Chicago, Illi nois, a Key West winter visitor fishing from the Kemp Channel bridge yesterday summed up the reaction of fishermen this way: “It’s the best news we’ve heard .in a long time. We come to the keys for two months every winter and love to fish from the bridges. Now we can relax—it’s a bit dan gerous now.” KEY WEST, FLORIDA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 34, 1954 Papy To Meet With State Road Board State Representative Bernie C. Papy announced teday that he will meet with the State Road Department Wednesday and Thursday in Tallahassee as the first atop In obtaining a series of catwalks on bridges along the keys for use by fish ermen. “Recent accidents involving fishermen on the bridges have pointed up the need for seme action. I've been trying to get something done for years and now it looks like wo are going to accomplish something," Pa py said. Papy was assured by Acting Governor Charley Johns Satur day that he would personally Intercede with the road depart ment on behalf of keys resi dents in obtaining the bridge catwalks. Monroe County's State Rep resentative added that ho was net sure hew many catwalks he can obtain on this trip, but said that "I'M get all I cau - l'll be in there fighting." KEY WEST, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 1951 Papy On 7Key House Committees Affecting Monroe County Affairs Heads Resolution Committee And Is On Roads, Health, Military Groups State Representative Ber nie C. Papy hag been nam ed to seven committees of the House meeting in Talla hassee, most important of which is his chairmanship* of the vital Resolutions Committee. Th* Monro* County roproson tativo has sorvod longor in tho Houso continuously than any oth er mombor but on*. His It year forms is th* longest of any mom bor oxcopt Elbert Stewart of Honry County. Th* legislator will bo in a koy position to guide all bills for tho stat* as woll as tho county as.chairman of the House Resolution committee. In addition to this post, he was appointed yesterday to serve with six other committees. On the Salt Water fisheries com mittee Rep. Papy will start work on bills controlling the fishing in dustry and promoting it in Mon roe County. B. C. Papy Has Never Sold Monroe County Short He Is Always Fighting For The Best Interest of Monroe County (Paid Political Advertisement) On the Public Reads and High way committee, he will study leg islation on the Overseas Highway and the bridges of the highway. His work on roads in the past years have been notable, according to the amount of money Monroe County has received for roads. Of oqual interest to natives, and tourist business loaders in Key West, is Rep. Papy's ap pointment to th* Public Health and Safety Committee. It is this group which will pass on the proposed $1,500,000 statewide an ti-mosquito legislation. The Keys q*n look forward t* activ* help from the state on th* bOttlo against tho insocts If th* committee's proposed meas ure Is passed. Th* Public Health group also studios and acts upon measures to improve safety on the highways. Rep. Papy’s fifth committee ap pointment is to the Social Securi ty group. Here he and his collea gues will try to write a better law on the' amounts paid to elderly people, and will try to prevent state agencios from cutting down the monthly payments to them after the legislature has adjourn ed. Ho will also sorvo on the Mili tary and Veterans' Afflirs com- 9 HR ■ .v < H H 1 *jt r , v Vi, v;,' 4 ‘ ™ r lirfvvfyrr" Iww > Jr mittee. His inclusion on this committee is attributed to the fact that ho represents this coun ty which has such a large Na val and Air Force instillation. Finally, In recognition of Rep. Papy’s long standing efforts for better relations with Latin Ameri ca, he has been appointed to the Interstate Commerce and Reci procal Trade committee. A glance at these seven com mittees reveals that the legislator is serving on the main committees affecting the social and economic welfare of the county. KEY WEST, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 1953 *‘ * \ Contracts To Be Let On SI Bridge, Road Rep. Papy Tells Good Neivs Of Four-Lane Highway And Bridge Following SRD Meet Contracts to widen Stock Island bridge to four lanes and to extend to four lanes the two miles of highway from the bridge to Boca Chica bridge will be let in 90 days, State Representative Beraie C. Papy told The Citizen today. The legislator returned from yes terday’s meeting of the State Road Department in Tallahassee. He said that both contracts for the widening will be let at the same time. Th* expansion of U. S. 1 lead ing Hr and out of Koy West will BERNIE C. PAPY KEY WEST, FLORIDA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1953 Roosevelt Boulevard Bridge To Be Replaced By State Road Department Papy Announces Contract To Be Awarded Dec . 22 A wooden bridge on North Roosevelt Boulevard, near Sigsbee Park, will be re placed shortly by a modern concrete structure. baa boon to regular commuters as wall as to the throngs of tour* Ists who now must jam their way into the two lane strip at present. The bridge is being widened out of primary system funds. Rep. Pa py said. It will not cost Monroe County a cent. The legislature ob Respectfully Yours, BERNIE C PAPY THE KEY WEST CITIZEN, SATURDAY, MAY 3,19 SS Cemetery Improvement Bill Is Introduced By Papy In legislature THE FACTS ARE TRUER THAN FICTION State Representative Ber nie C. Papy made that an nouncement Tuesday in a phone call to The Citizen from Tallahassee where he has been conferring with of ficials of the State Road De partment relative to the pro ject. The new bridges will cgsf the county nothing. Ropy slid, since tained approval for the bridge and a two mile strip in the budget of the State Road Dept. The two miles of road from Stock Island Bridge to Boca Chica Bridge may require some participation on the part of tax payers. Rep. Papy was one of two leg islators who appeared at the Tel* lahassoo meeting yesterday. Chairman of the Board is Rich ard H. Simpson. Tom Manual la member of the State Road Board for this district, headquarters Fort Lauderdale. "i'll continue fighting for more bridges and moro roads far Mon roe County," Rap. Papy said. Measure Earmarks $50,000 In Cigarette Tax Revenue A local bill which will earmark a total of $50,00 to be spent in the next five years for the improvement of th* City Cemetery was introduced in the legislature in Talla hassee yesterday, it has been announced. it is being financed by th* state oyt of their "primary road futids" instead of tho county budgot or secondary road fund. Papy added thft contracts for the work are being called for and that they will be awarded on De cember 22. Actual construction work will begin shortly thereafter. Cost of tne project will ,be about SIOO,OOO, ho said. County Commissionor Joe Alton today hailed th* an nouncement that th* bridfo wilt bo replacod as * "big improve-, mont." Commissionor Prank Eon Hoy was also enthusiastic in his ap proval of th* news that th* bridge is going to bo teplacod. The commissioners also expres sed appreciation that the work will be paid for out of state funds. The County annually pays for some road building out of their regular budget in addition to the work fi nanced by their secondary road fund, which comes from the gaso line tax. But since the state is paying the bill for the Roosevelt Boulevard project, they are being saved con cern over a SIOO,OOO chunk befog removed from their annual budget. KEY WEST, FLORIDA, WEDNES DAY, FEBRUARY 3,1954 SIOO,OOO IS EARMARKED FOR KEY VACA BRIDGE Th* county commissioners last night appropriated SIOO,OOO to match a liko sum from tho state to build a bridge at Koy Vaco. It will b* a 400-foot cone rote bridge with catwalks for fishing. Bornl* C. Papy, state ropro tentative, to|d the mooting fit*t the Army onglnoors hod rocom* mended that the channel not bo filled but lhat it bp opened to let water through in the event of a hurricane. The channel between Key Vaco and Marathon was fitted year* ago when the railroad was built. Now it will bo reopened arid th* two islands connected by * 400- foot bdrige. State Representative Berate C. Papy introduced tho bill which was authored by Harry Pritchard, lo cal funeral director. According to the provisions of the measure, funds amounting to SIO,OOO annually for the next fiv* years will bo diverted from dity Cigarette Tax receipts to be spent solely for the "betterment, im provement and fencing of the dt# cemetery." Th* hill woo introduced with • clause which wIN roqulro H t* 9* before th* city's voters In • tfs frondum which will undOublAdffr b* hold in tho November Oonorol Elections. Pritchard said today thgt ho idl ed Mr. Papy to pais toe bill apt so that the badly needed week to the cemetery may be started with out additional taxation in the city. The measure hat been fcatlod 0$ the first step in • loßg range pro gram to beautify the badly neglect ed cemetery which has b**u the butt of criticism from local rosi dents. First improvement expected to be made under the program if ad equate fencing to prevent vandal ism, such as happened about two months ago when SIB,OOO in dam age was done by night marauders. Two Navy men, now stationed In Norfolk, have since admitted that they had a part in causing too damage. They are awaiting return to face prosecution for the crime. High on the list of possible im provements, is the paving of the avenues in the cemetery with as phalt. Landscaping and the remo val of dead trees and debrif will also be completed with the newly acquired funds. Officials hope that the improvements fcsg* by to* city Will provide tocontivo to owners to follow through with wojb of their own to keep in step with the beautification program. The move will relieve a drain on the city’s general fund by mak ing use of the eigarotto tax matter which brings about $140,000 into the city’* coders each year.