Life of Burt

Florida's own 'Bandit’ opens up on acting, doing his own stunts, women in his life and happiness

BURT REYNOLDS WANTS YOU to know something: Contrary to tabloid reports, he’s not anywhere near dying. After he used a cane to stroll the red carpet at the April premiere of the film “Dog Years” at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, there were news reports that Florida’s own homegrown movie star was failing.  But at 81, Mr. Reynolds remains busy. […]

Are you ready for lobster mini season?

Lobster Frenzy, Bug Season, July Superbowl — call it what you want, but the last two consecutive Wednesdays and Thursdays of July have been designated as lobster mini-season since 1975, when, in an attempt to reduce tensions between professional and hobbyist bug hunters, the Florida legislature enacted a bill establishing a 48-hour recreational lobster sport fishing season before the official […]

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 […]


Nance Frank loves Mario Sanchez

Beyond the drunken “sailors” telling their personalized versions of “The Old Man and the Sea,” beyond the spring breakers ordering endless rounds of shots and far beyond the half-naked, bead-grabbing, drunken hordes of Fantasy Fest, Key West is inhabited by a vibrant community of exceptionally talented artists of every medium. Way before the Etsy era of celebrating the local artist, […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Literary Walking Tours July 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 29, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monroe County Library 700 Fleming St.

Fringe Theater presents ‘Dear Elizabeth’ at the Red Barn Theatre

“Dear Elizabeth” is based on the letters exchanged over a 30-year period between two Pulitzer Prize winning poets, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Their friendship was complicated — built on respect and genuine affection. Ms. Bishop was an alcoholic and Mr. Lowell would probably be diagnosed as bipolar today. Despite their struggles, they each regarded their friendship as a key […]


The Sandbar’s Josh York

Some bar and restaurant locations in Key West just seem to be doomed. Some old pirate curse, perhaps? Indian burial grounds? As soon as a new business seems to be getting a foothold, the signs have come down, and a new proprietor has stepped in to see what he or she can make of it. One factor is the outrageous […]


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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