THE MICRO-NATION THAT SECEDED where others failed will continue to celebrate its 35th annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration this week, with a schedule of festivities designed to memorialize the tongue-in-cheek declaration of war and subsequent secession by Key West from the United States in 1982. If you’re new to the story, the short version is this: Back in the early […]

As much fun as you can have in bed with clothes on

On Saturday, April 29, the Bourbon Street Pub will present the Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race. Reportedly the Conch Republic anniversary celebration’s oldest and most famous event, the still immensely popular bed race’s motto is “As much fun as you can have in bed with your clothes on!” Sponsor Joey Schroeder of Bourbon Street calculated this year’s race will […]

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


New beginnings for Robbie Riley

Pat Croce’s Rum Barrel is closing its doors at the end of the month. “All good things must come to an end,” they say. There are countless other more optimistic quotes along this line: “The grass is always greener…,” “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel” and “When a door closes, a window opens.” Robbie Riley is on […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Key West Paddle Classic April 27, 1 p.m. to April 30, 4 p.m.Higgs Beachwww.paddleguru.com/races/keywestpaddleclassic2017 to register “Oklahoma Smith the Musical” April 27-29, 8 p.m. “America” April 30, 8 p.m. “Old Hollywood Gala” May 1, 7 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.Tickets available atwww.thekeywesttheater.com Short Attention Span Theater April 27-29, May 3, 8 p.m.The Red Barn Theatre319 Duval St., […]


Doug Mayberry

Take a walk around Old Town Key West and the name Doug Mayberry is ubiquitous. A full-time Realtor since 1996, Doug opened Doug Mayberry Real Estate in 2007 and has experienced great success in the intervening decades and for good reason. He is a charming, charismatic and gentle soul who works incredibly hard to make his clients happy and who […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit www.keysarts.com/artist_ connections/ gallery_ guide.pdf. SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK Gildea Gallery522 Southard St.Sally Wernicoff SculpturesOngoingwww.gildeagallery.com SALT Gallery830 Fleming St.Raul Corrales’“Hemingway in Cuba”Through May .SALT Gallery on Facebook Key West Art and HistoricalSocietyCustom House Museum281 Front St.The Navy in Key WestOngoing“Custom Made-A History ofthe Custom House Exhibition”Ongoingwww.Kwahs.org The Historic […]

Schooner Wharf Entertainment April 27 – May 3

Back on the Schooner Wharf stage by popular demand is Sushi Roll on Thursday, April 27, for the Schooner Wharf Parade Party and Awards. Friday, April 28, for the Great Sea Battle Victory Party and Surrender Ceremony as well as Saturday, April 29, for the Pirates Ball and Costume Competition from 7 p.m. to midnight all three nights. Sushi Roll […]

Blackfin Bistro: breakfast, burgers and more

Most visitors to Key West don’t exactly think of Duval Street as a dining destination. Dive bars and T-shirt shops abound and tend to obscure the serious culinary offerings the bustling main street offers. Walking up Duval Street toward the Southernmost Point, the restaurants become more concentrated and the 900 block is a collection of some of the best. Blackfin […]

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