WE’RE MIDWAY THROUGH JUNE, WHICH MEANS THE ISland is blanketed in a viscous humidity that makes a short walk to the mailbox feel like wading through tapioca. South Florida’s particularly damp brand of summer heat is known for making even the brightest brains feel soggy and slow. Luckily, Key West is chock full of fascinating museums where both kids and […]

Robert the Doll wants respect, or else

David Sloan wrote the book on haunted Key West. Literally. It’s called “Haunted Key West,” and it’s terrifying — as is the follow up Sloan published a few years later, “Ghosts of Key West.” (If you’re sensing a theme, congratulations! You might be blessed with the coveted paranormal phenomenon of ESP.) Sloan has made a business of scaring the pants […]

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., Key West305-294-5161 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 […]

Heather-May Victoria Potter dances her way through life


Heather-May Victoria Potter is a mainstay in the Key West theater and arts scene. Born and raised in the Boston area, Heather-May moved to New York City in 1991 to go to college at NYU. There, she studied theater, dance and “Great Books,” a course of study that focused on the classic literature of sociology and psychology, including the heavy […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Summerish Fun Movie Series – “Caddyshack” June 28, 8 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.www.thekeywesttheater.com Habitat in the House Happy Hour A benefit for Habitat for HumanityJune 28, 5 to 8 p.m.Sloppy Joes’ Bar201 Duval St.www.sloppyjoes.com Nick Norman and the Naturals June 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.The Green Parrot801 Whitehead St.www.greenparrot.com Billy the Squid and the Cow Drifters […]


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 SALT Gallery 830 Fleming St. Keys Treasures – The photographyof Don KincaidOngoing through June The Studios of Key West 533 Eaton St. 5th Annual Mango MadnessMembers ShowThrough July 20www.tskw.org Key West Art and Historical Society Custom House Museum281 Front […]


Sushi: The house queen of 801 Cabaret

Spelled out on the wall behind the bar in huge letters lit with orange bulbs are the words DRAG ASYLUM. I’m at 801 Bourbon on Duval Street looking for an interview with Sushi, a drag queen who runs the upstairs Cabaret shows that have made it a Key West landmark. The bartender says Sushi will be here around 8 p.m. […]


From Liz O’Connor’s heart

Liz O’Connor is a diminutive sprite who stakes out an 8-foot square five nights a week on the hustling, bustling Mallory Square for the nightly Sunset Celebration. Her voice slices through the din of barkers and revelers like a brass bell as she plies the passersby for tips, undaunted when many walk on by, seeming to ignore her. You’ll recognize […]


The ides of Summer Rae

Summer Rae Wenzel is a fairly new addition to the Key West hospitality work force, having arrived in Key West three years ago. The second oldest of six kids (two girls and four boys) she’s originally from St. Petersburg, where she lived her entire life. Her mom is a Realtor and her father is retired from an investment firm. She […]

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