How one of Key West’s greatest mysteries has immortalized the former fire chief

IT HAS ALL THE TRAPPINGS OF A Hollywood blockbuster: drugs, conspiracy, flashy cars, murdered witnesses, crooked politics, Santeria, an army of undercover officers and an eye-wateringly bad wardrobe. And yet, outside the borders of the tiny island where it all went down some 40 years ago, few are familiar with the tale — that is, unless you happen to belong […]

The Key West Firehouse Museum

They say it takes a village, but here in Key West it took one especially dogged firefighter 20-some years, half a million dollars in funding, and a community of supporters to open the Key West Firehouse Museum. Decommissioned in 1998 after almost a century of active service, the historic stone building that for decades served as Key West’s Fire Station […]

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 […]

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 […]


Christopher Rounds, candidate for king of Fantasy Fest

It is nearly impossible to nail down Christopher Rounds. Between revamping La Te Da, a beloved local culinary and entertainment institution, contributing his time and money to just about every charitable organization under the Key West sun, and running for king of Fantasy Fest, Christopher may very well be the busiest man in town. He also may be the most […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Making Strides Against BreastCancerA Benefit Walk for the CancerFoundation of the Florida KeysOct. 15, 7-11 a.m.White Street Pier1 Duval St. Tropical Plant SaleOct. 15, 10 a.m. to noonKey West Tropical Forest andBotanical Garden5210 College Road Faustos Celebrates 90 YearsLive music and open-air marketOct. 15, noon-6 p.m.Faustos522 Fleming St. Stand-Up PaddleboardInvitationalOct. 15, 5 p.m., to Oct. 16, 2 p.m.Bayview […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, go to keysarts.com/artist_ connections/gallery_ guide.pdf SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK Key West Art andHistorical Society281 Front Street“The Sketches of Mario Sanchez” ONGOING “Custom Made — A History ofthe Custom House Exhibition”Kwahs.org Key West Contemporary Art516 White St., entrance on Curry LaneOngoing“Person/Anima”Photographs by A.E. FournetKey West Contemporary Arton Facebook The […]

The Conch Train

Rambling along the streets and through the history of Key West since 1958

On a blustery, partly cloudy Sunday afternoon The Conch Tour Train, Key West’s old-time sightseeing tour, pulled out of the station on Front Street and rambled and jangled along the sometimes bumpy roads of Key West’s historic district. A ticket for the train, actually a car outfitted like a train with passenger cars in tow, is about $30 (plus tip); […]

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 (mallorysquare.com). The square’s history dates back to the town’s early years when it was incorporated in […]

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