Mel Fisher: Key West’s legendary treasure hunter

Indiana Jones. Lara Croft. Jim Hawkins. Jack Sparrow. The allure of the treasure hunting lifestyle is ever-present in literature and film; the familiar tale of the rogue explorer always searching for an historical relic or a treasure buried deep in some remote location inspires children of all ages (and some adults) to draw their own treasure maps and lead their […]

The Nuestra Señora de Atocha

They were four weeks behind schedule. For months, a procession of mules had been arriving at the Veracruz docks, winding their way through the haze of a humid tropical summer, laden with a bank’s worth of treasure bound for Spain. Each piece of silver, each flawless emerald, each gold bar, each bronze cannon needed first to be recorded in 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 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 […]

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 […]


Jeep Caillouet’s long road to Key West

“I was born in Arkansas, raised in Tennessee and fell in love with a Cajun Queen in New Orleans,” Jeep Caillouet says, introducing his life’s story. “I had two brothers. My daddy was a construction worker, he worked on the dam. He had 13 deerhounds. My mommy — whipped my ass.” Listening to the anecdotes and tales of Jeep’s life […]


The 200 block according to Joanne

Joanne Bachman takes advantage of a seemingly insurmountable nightly chaos with grace, humor and a grain of salt. She’s always professional and efficient, moving with a speed rarely seen behind the bar anymore. She “womans” the popular Tree Bar at the front of the Rick’s and Durty Harry’s Entertainment Complex three nights a week from 7 p.m. till 4 a.m. […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Mel Fisher DaysJuly 13 to 15Schedule available at Summer Stage Play Reading:Penang by James LaroccaJuly 17, 8 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.Tickets available Summerish Fun Movie Series:Austin PowersJuly 19, 8 p.m.The Key West Theater512 Eaton St.Tickets available One Flew Overthe Cuckoo’s NestJuly 13, 14, 15, 16 and 19, 8 p.m.The Red Barn Theatre319 Duval […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit connections/ gallery_ guide.pdf. SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK: SALT Gallery830 Fleming St.The Photography ofMartha HubbardOngoing through August 2 The Studios of Key West533 Eaton St.5th Annual Mango MadnessMembers ShowJune 1 to July The Historic Armory Studios600 White St.Paintings by Michael J. PhillipsOngoingconchead2@yahoo.com704-819-2487Mixed media work bySherry Sweet […]


Maya Montana, the darling of Aqua Nightclub

Make no mistake about it — whether in drag or not, Maya Montana is the most adorable drag queen on Duval Street. When I strolled into the empty Aqua Nightclub at one o’clock on a Monday afternoon, Maya was there to greet me with a million-watt smile, a huge hug and a giggle so cute you’d swear it came from […]

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