The history and future of our southernmost state park

DUE TO ITS PARTICULARLY QUOTABLE GEOGRAPHIC location, Key West is home to many proud “southernmosts.” There’s the Southernmost Resort, the Southernmost Point Buoy, the Southernmost Marathon, Southernmost Webcam — not to mention a whole slew of bars and restaurants claiming to be the southernmost of their kind. Included in this long list of austral marvels is none other than Key […]

Inmates help care for critters at Monroe County animal park

For Jeanne Selander, a typical day at work always begins the same way: She travels to Stock Island and picks up inmates at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Stock Island Detention Center. From there, things can go a number of ways. Perhaps the sloth needs some extra attention, or the African spurred tortoises need weighing. Maybe the alligator needs her mouth […]

An insider’s look at Key West

The most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask the locals about their favorite spots, stroll through quiet neighborhoods or down alleyways off Duval and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots that you […]

Getting around Key West

1. Southernmost PointThe corner of South Street and Whitehead The city of Key West erected this nowfamous concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train303 Front St., Key West(305) 294-5161 or (888) The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958. […]


Drag queens call world’s wickedest bingo

Once upon a time almost 20 years ago, when I was a fairly impressionable new resident of paradise, friends took me upstairs to the Cabaret above the 801 Bar, where I’d already seen several very cool drag shows, for Drag Queen Bingo. I can honestly say I’ve never been quite the same. This isn’t your ordinary bingo in the church […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Tropical Forest Plant Sale10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21Key West Tropical Forest and BotanicalGarden5210 College Road Southernmost Bike RideBenefit for Samuels House8 p.m. May 22Marriott Beachside Hotel3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd.Contact Tonya Leto at (305) 296-0248.Southernmost Bike Ride on Facebook Sheriff’s Animal Farm OpenHouse1-3 p.m. May 225501 College RoadStock Island “Best of Key West, Volume 2,”CD Release PartyNoon […]

Its namesake never saw it, but Audubon House still worth a look

It’s midway through the tour of Key West’s stunningly pretty Audubon House and Tropical Gardens that the truth comes out: John James Audubon — famed naturalist painter, whose lifelike paintings of bird portraits line the walls of the museum — never actually lived in the Audubon House. But don’t let this spoiler keep you from visiting; indeed, a visit to […]


Towering Inga tops them all

Imagine a living, 6-foot-plus tall Barbie doll with the same relative bust-to-hip ratio and requisite long, flowing blond hair. That’s the Inga whom I have seen perform, admire and got to know almost two decades ago. She is a Swedish bombshell who arrived in Key West on Aug. 5, 1997, looking like a model for haute couture, albeit with more […]


The best musicians in Key West all in one place

It’s hard to sell music nowadays. Ask any musician, from pro to a novice releasing a first CD. Digital downloads, pirating, internet radio, and the ease with which anyone can now duplicate music at home, all make it nearly impossible for singer/ songwriters and bands to legitimately sell what their creative hearts and minds have painstakingly produced. The days of […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit connections/gallery_ guide.pdf SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK The Historic Armory Studios600 White St.(704) 819-2487Conchead2@yahoo.comPaintings by Michael J. PhillipsOngoing SALT GallerySALT Island Provisions830 Fleming St.SALT Island on FacebookOngoingFeatured artist A.D. Tinkham Key West Art and HistoricalSocietyCustom House281 Front“Roberta Marks: A Retrospective”30 years of mixed-media work on displayat […]

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