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Kenny Chesney Playing Free Show Thur in Key West

March 10, 2009

Kenny Chesney will be playing live at Sloppy Joes at 5 PM this Thursday.  This is a free show so show up early and have fun.  If you’re not in Key West this is a great reason to make the drive.

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Best Time to Visit Key West

November 12, 2007

This is the best time to visit Key West, Florida.  The weather has cooled off but it’s still warm enough to have a blast enjoying the sun, beaches, and water.  If you have been thinking about visiting the Keys this is the time. 

Key West Infested

May 18, 2007


Key West has become infested with the rich.  In recent years the well-to-do have migrated to the island and brought their mainland ideas with them.  For as long as anyone can remember
Key West was home to artists, writers, wild chickens, and cats.  With the recent infestation of the rich and closed minded there have been movements to remove the chickens and the cats; home prices have went so high that it’s driving out skilled labor; the small business person is threatened by big box stores and chain restaurants; and the free-thinkers have started thinking about finding other places to create and live.  

           
Key West is still a great place, but it’s on the verge of becoming an overpriced tourist destination with only the façade of its past remaining.  The rich and closed minded moved to Key West because they liked the beautiful island and were probably charmed by the culture, but once they got to Key West they decided that they didn’t like the chickens, they didn’t like the cats, and they didn’t much care for wild and liberal minded people that wandered the streets.  In America money talks and this group has used their money and influence to destroy one of the last wild destinations in the
United States. 

      Can Key West be saved?    

Save the Chickens – Save Key West

Save the Cats – Save Key West

Save the eco-system – Save Key West

Save the island from the close-minded – Save Key West

Keys hold spirit of Hemingway

May 14, 2007

Read this excellent article / review of Key West and the Florida Keys from an Australian newspaper:

By Veronica Matheson

THE car’s packed, the radio tuned to a country-music station, and we’re driving south of Miami to the Overseas Highway and the isolated coral islands of the Florida Keys.

Our destination is Key West, the most southerly spot in the US, where that larger-than-life novelist Ernest Hemingway held court in the 1930s.

Once on the Keys, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico lap the road on one side and the Atlantic Ocean rolls on to sparkling white sand on the other.

The waters are a balmy blue to match the warm, sunny days in this part of the world.

We have no particular stops in mind, but hurry has no place on this narrow ribbon of road tying together the skinny islands that make up the Keys.

“Key” is an Anglicised form of the Spanish “cayo” or cay: a small island, named by the first settlers who landed here in the early 16th century.

The surrounding coral reefs brought many a Spanish galleon to a watery end. Those wrecks are a big attraction for today’s divers.

The Keys are hundreds of tiny islands, only 45 of them populated, that run from Key Largo in the North to Key West in the south. Those in between have evocative names such as Fiesta Key, Long Key, Conch Key, Duck Key, Grassy Key and No Name Key.

Life isn’t always a breeze here; tropical hurricanes are a seasonal problem. One roared through in 1935, sweeping away the railroad that was the only link to the Florida mainland.

A highway replaced those rail tracks. Although most of that road is now superseded, many old bridges still stand as a reminder of yesteryear.

Now fishermen, not cars, use the old stretches, particularly beside the 11km bridge that spans the ocean between Marathon Key and Big Pine Key – a location for the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis movie True Lies.

Key West is all we expect it to be. The town is a touch quirky, and feels as though the clock has been turned back a few decades. This is no deterrent for the million-plus visitors who arrive annually.

No one turns an eye when a flamboyant woman walks down the main drag, Duval St, with a parrot perched on her shoulder. Minutes later, an Elvis impersonator passes, strumming a guitar – with fans, including a daggy dog wearing sunglasses, in tow.

Across the road, a convoy of Harleys roar to a stop to ask a pony-tailed man covered in tattoos which bar serves the best margaritas and the town’s famous lime pie. Most do.

There’s no shortage of Hemingway look-alikes here. Though the annual contest to find a match for the famed author was staged weeks ago, there’s a lively trade in Hemingway T-shirts, posters, face masks – even Ernie burgers.

Hemingway lived in Key West for more than a decade in the 1930s. He wrote classic works such as A Farewell To Arms, Death In The Afternoon and To Have And Have Not on the ancient typewriter that still sits in the study of his southern-style mansion.

The house is open to the public, and visitors search for progeny of the cats that shared the house with Hemingway: they all have paws with six toes.

Hemingway wrote by day, and was a regular at Sloppy Joe’s downtown bar at night if not away big-game fishing. When his second marriage broke up, he moved to the Cuban capital, Havana.

On a clear day it is almost possible to see Cuba, about 145km south of Key West and closer than the US mainland.

Few leave Key West without being photographed beside the brightly painted buoy that marks the southernmost point in the US. Nearby are the southernmost house and the southernmost motel.

Fresh seafood is plentiful here. So are conch fritters or chowder, with take-away a good idea if you’re wandering down to the waterfront at Mallory Square as the sun sinks on the horizon and the sky changes through a rainbow of colours.

Kitsch reigns at dusk as tightrope-walkers, acrobats and fire-eaters perform, musicians play and others dance salsa.

Even so, don’t miss the cemetery, which features tombstone epitaphs such as “I told you I was sick” and “At least I know where he’s sleeping tonight”.

Drivers who miss the scenery on the way down get a second chance on the way up, as there’s only one, two-lane road through the Keys until mainland Florida City.

Addresses along the Keys coincide with mile markers (MM) on the Overseas Highway, beginning at MM 0 in Key West and finish at MM 126, just one mile south of Florida City. En route there are 40 bridges between countless islands that are often so narrow there’s room for little but the road.

The writer was a guest of Qantas and See America

Win a Job in Key West

May 2, 2007

The Lazy Dog Win a Job in
Key West contest is about to get interesting.  The date for entries was April 30th.  Now we have to all sit back and wait for the results of who will be chosen as finalist.  If we are lucky we will get to view the final competition for the job on a reality TV show.  I’m very interested in seeing who wins the job in
Key West.  Any job that lets you take your dog to work sounds great to me.

Gonna Get Hot Soon

March 16, 2007

It’s going to get really hot in Key West soon.  If you want to visit the island this year it’s a great time right now.   The temperatures are very warm, but not painfully hot and humid yet.  You can enjoy the water activities, wear your shorts, and enjoy very comfortable nights.  This is one of the top times to visit the island.  Summer is cheap, but it is also hot.  Take your Key West Vacation now to enjoy the perfect temperatures.   

Population Drop in Key West

February 23, 2007

Due to the hurricanes and the rise in the cost of living the population has dropped by 4% in Key West.  That really doesn’t translate into that much affordable housing, but maybe it is a step in the right direction.  Key West is a great place to visit but it’s very hard to live on the Rock.  If you are crazy loaded this may not be a problem until you consider how difficult it will be to get basic services like medical attention and groceries when those that staff those positions can’t afford to live.  There is only so much room on Key West so there is little room to build more housing, and this is another problem.   

Key West in the Winter

January 3, 2007

If you are planning on visiting Florida this year you should do so before May.  Especially if you are planning on going to the Florida Keys.  It gets hot fast in Florida and the best time to visit is right now.  Around May it starts to get hot and then by summer it turns into a humid furnace.  Of course, some like it hot.  If you are among those that like your trips to sizzle then summer may be the best time for you.  Summer is cheaper too.  My favorite time, however, is right now during the cooler months when temperatures easily hang around 80 degrees. 

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to tell you that the Fantasy Fest 2006 pictures I promised are now up on the Key West Vacation website.  Just follow the Fantasy Festival 2006 link above.

December is a Great Time for the Keys

December 6, 2006

December is a great time to be in the Florida Keys. The weather is perfect and the crowds are low compared to other winter months.  If you have been thinking about taking a vacation in the Florida Keys then right now is a great time. 

Housing in Key West

October 26, 2006

The housing prices in Key West are beyond most people’s reach.  You can sell everything you have and move into a one bedroom apartment if you are of average means.  Or maybe you are loaded and buying a $400,000 one bedroom condo isn’t a big deal.  Either way the housing cost issue is a problem for
Key West because it can’t afford to house the workers needed for the tourism industry and normal services.  I read today that September was the first month in a long time when prices on homes dropped.  Maybe this will be a good sign for the
Florida Keys, but I can’t imagine how much it would really help.