FOR MARK CERTONIO, GOOD FOOD isn’t just a passion — it’s a calling. A multi-decade-long resident of Key West, Mr. Certonio spent the better part of the past years envisioning a future for his island where, citywide, fine dining would be made available to the masses via a limited, prix-fixe-enabled celebration of Key West’s best culinary offerings — a restaurant […]

Connie Gilbert: An angel earns her wings

Connie Gilbert was born on Aug. 4, 1939. During her 77 years on this planet she was involved in a virtual whirlwind of activity, played many roles and championed numerous causes. She was a writer, an actor, a teacher, an activist, a scold, a loving friend, a mother, a community organizer and as she would heartily agree, could be a […]

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 Streetsouthernmostpointwebcam.comThe city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denotethe southernmost point in the continentalUnited States. 2. Conch Tour Train303 Front St., Key West(305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687conchtourtrain.comThe Conch Train has been windingits way through the streets of Key Westsince 1958. 3. Sloppy Joe’s201 Duval St.(305) 294-5717sloppyjoes.comThe […]


Phil Peterson’s 44th annual Key West Poker Run-Bike Week on tap

When most people hear the words “leather chaps” and “Key West,” they’re transported to a bar called Bourbon St. located on a particular block of Duval where the sidewalks are rainbow, the music is techno and the only six-packs around belong to well-oiled boys dancing on top of the bar. This Sept. 15, there’ll be another reason — or, rather, […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Phil Peterson’sPoker Run-Bike WeekSept. for completeschedule WineDine Key WestSept. 16-29Tickets at Octoberfest at the CorkSept. 17, noon to 11 pmCork and Stogie1218 Duval Street Sixth annual Key WestMusicians FestivalA benefit for the Sister Season FundSept. 17, 2 p.m. to Sept. 18, 9 p.m.Smokin’ Tuna Saloon4-6 Charles Street Pasties in ParadiseA benefit for WomankindSept. 18, 9 p.m. […]

Best of Key West at Sixth Musician’s Festival

Many of the Keys best and best loved musicians will let it rip at the sixth annual Key West Musician’s Festival, which takes the stage Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18, at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, 2 p.m. till 9 p.m. each day. Singing Iguana Productions are the presenters of this free music fest and the event is a […]

Good times in the Conch Republic

Here are three attractions for the whole family that capture Key West’s artistic inclinations, diverse history and whimsical beauty. Mallory Square The nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is the best free show in town, a center of Key West commerce and performance art ( The square’s history dates back to the town’s early years when it was incorporated in […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit connections/gallery_ guide.pdf. SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK Key West Contemporary Art516 White St., entrance on Curry LaneOngoing“Person/Anima”Photographs by A.E. FournetKey West Contemporary Arton Facebook Key West Art Center and Gallery301 Front St.Ongoing “Poinciana” by Richard The Historic Armory Studios600 White St.Paintings by Michael J. 819-2487Mixed-media […]

Hemingway’s Key West legacy and six-toed cats

The crown jewel of Key West’s rich literary legacy, which has attracted writers such as Tennessee Williams, Ralph Ellison, Robert Frost and Carson McCullers, is Ernest Hemingway’s old home at 907 Whitehead St. The sprawling two-story property is a National Historic Landmark where Mr. Hemingway lived and wrote during most of the 1930s. It is also famously home to about […]

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