Snapshots of a quiet Key West

AROUND KEY WEST


A prescient sand sculpture by Marianne van den Broek on Waddell Avenue.

A prescient sand sculpture by Marianne van den Broek on Waddell Avenue.

For the first time in a long time, Key West has been largely tourist-free for nearly two months. The island hasn’t been this quiet since the days before Hurricane Irma, but the landscape today is quite different than it was in the aftermath of the storm. Snapshots taken during recent walks reveal a strangely quiet Key West. Many aspects of normal springtime life are dramatically changed, but as ever, the island’s art, beauty and whimsy remain. ¦

Giraffe sentry. Because it’s Key West.

Giraffe sentry. Because it’s Key West.

Dog Beach, without dogs.

Dog Beach, without dogs.

Detail from a mural by “Ms A’s Art Club 2017” on the Eisenhower Drive Moose Lodge.

Detail from a mural by “Ms A’s Art Club 2017” on the Eisenhower Drive Moose Lodge.

The Casa Marina hotel, opened in 1920 to welcome travelers on Flagler’s Overseas Railway, quietly awaits the return of its guests.

The Casa Marina hotel, opened in 1920 to welcome travelers on Flagler’s Overseas Railway, quietly awaits the return of its guests.

Shadows on a mostly empty City Hall.

Shadows on a mostly empty City Hall.

A Duval Street novelty shop advertises “We sell FACE MASKS.”

A Duval Street novelty shop advertises “We sell FACE MASKS.”

Neighbors helping neighbors; serving up free burgers and hot dogs in the Gary the Carpenter parking lot for those in need.

Neighbors helping neighbors; serving up free burgers and hot dogs in the Gary the Carpenter parking lot for those in need.

Firetail Chenille and Ruellia offer bursts of color in Key West gardens.

Firetail Chenille and Ruellia offer bursts of color in Key West gardens.

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