DUE TO ITS PARTICULARLY QUOTABLE geographic location, Key West is home to many proud “southernmosts.” There’re the southernmost resort, southernmost point buoy, 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 marvels is none other than Key West’s Fort Zachary […]

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Children’s Animal Park

Amidst the usual stories on mosquito control controversy and tree commission drama, the tale of a homeless man riding a horse named Trigger to Key West seemed almost impossibly Floridian in its absurdity. After wrecking his pickup truck and surviving a contentious divorce, a barefoot man named Chris Emerson decided to ride his elderly, half-blind horse from South Carolina to […]

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 Street and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots that […]

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.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 historic bar has been […]


Just Smithers

Many of us in Key West are on a first name basis. In fact, probably a good percentage of us only know of each other by our first names, even those we’ve known and even worked with for years. It’s just the nature of this place. Before Facebook, most people didn’t know Melissa Smithers by anything other than Smithers or […]

Schooner Wharf Entertainment

Thursday, May 18, Sam Ramos and Michelle Dravis take the stage at Schooner Wharf from 7-11 p.m. Sam & Michelle both have an energetic and passionate talent for funk, soul Motown, and rhythm & blues – then add to the mix Dravis’ sultry and soulful blues, rock, reggae and country classics with funky pop for a diverse and fun-filled night […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Forever Plaid May 18, 19, 20, and 24 8 p.m.Waterfront Playhouse310 Wall St.Tickets available The Flying Carrs Circus May 18-20The Studios of Key West533 Eaton St.Tickets available at Disney’s High School Musical May 20, Shows at 2 and 7 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.Tickets available at The Rocky Horror Picture Show May 21, 8 […]

“The Best of Key West, Volume Three” CD release party

(And Bucky’s 59th ‘Silly Hat’ Birthday Party)

It’s tough to sell CDs nowadays. Most computers don’t have CD players built in anymore and most stores won’t stock them. Music sales have moved to digital downloads, which hurts good, local musicians more than it does international stars with massive publicity campaigns from PR firms and constant radio and TV airplay. However, for tourists coming to town who want […]

Ms. Kent: Key West’s very own Superwoman


Keeping up with Susan Kent is exhausting. She technically works full-time for Habitat for Humanity, but she has her own business consulting company (Key West Susan) and is involved with the Key West Business Guild, Womenfest, Pride Week and the Sister Season Fund. Her boundless passion for everything she does is tangible. You can see it in her eyes when […]


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 […]

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