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PONCE not the first to POUNCE

By Florida Weekly Staff | April 02, 2020

SEVEN YEARS AGO, THE Sunshine State, with 67 counties, many cities and towns, thousands of private businesses and every chamber of commerce from Key West to Pensacola, jumped into a frenzied birthday soiree, together investing millions on parties, statuary, proud memorabilia and a host of other attractions designed to harvest what by now may be billions of dollars from tourism. […]

Seven times Key West life was stranger than fiction

By Florida Weekly Staff | April 02, 2020

Wandering Key West’s mostly empty streets lately feels a little apocalyptic. Bar windows are dark, storefronts are shuttered, the air is silent and still. If you had just emerged from an isolated 12-day sojourn in the desert, à la Jared Leto, you might think you had stepped into a dystopian novel set in paradise. But compared to the following historic […]

Staying at home means more time to screen these films

By Florida Weekly Staff | April 02, 2020

Say what you will about life as we know it right now. We’ve been hearing a lot of bad news. But it’s not all bad. Staying indoors, per order or common sense, can be a respite, exciting even for a while — especially with so many shows available to watch. And at some point, we catch up with our “must […]

Get your sports fix during the sports shutdown

By Florida Weekly Staff | April 02, 2020

The usual view of sports fans is that they are people who are obsessed with a particular team or type of sport simply for the sake of the game scores. However, this view misses the fact that, for many fans, sports serve to facilitate social interaction, fitness, social identity and relaxation. When sports shut down, it’s much more than just […]

CAUGHT IN KEY WEST THIS WEEK

By Florida Weekly Staff | April 02, 2020

How an Immigration Attorney Handles the Coronavirus

By Florida Weekly Staff | April 02, 2020

Amanda Velazquez has been exclusively practicing immigration law in South Florida since 2002. She and her partner, John Smotryski, relocated to Key West in 2018 to launch Duval Street’s Wicked Lick Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream. Amanda shares insight into how her clients and the courts are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. Kevin Assam: Hello Amanda! How long have you been […]

Sand, Surf and Sanitizer: SOCIAL DISTANCING in Key West

By Florida Weekly Staff | March 26, 2020

KEY WEST IS OFTEN DESCRIBED as the place “where the weird go pro,” but times in the Southernmost City are even weirder than usual. Key West is on virtual recreational lockdown. Restaurants are limited to takeout and delivery, once-bustling bars are practically lifeless, and shops are on semi-permanent siesta for the foreseeable future. So what are we supposed to do […]

OFF OFF DUVAL

By Florida Weekly Staff | March 26, 2020

The most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask locals about their favorite spots or stroll through quiet neighborhoods and down alleyways off Duval, and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots you might […]

Getting around Key West

By Florida Weekly Staff | March 26, 2020

1. Southernmost Point The corner of South and Whitehead streets www.southernmostpointwebcam.com The city of Key West erected this concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continential United States. 2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St. 305-294-5161 or 888-916-8687 www.conchtourtrain.com The iconic train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958. 3. […]

Welcome to Paradise! Now, please wash your hands

By Florida Weekly Staff | March 26, 2020

Laura Richardson is the Editor of Florida Weekly Key West Edition. Kevin Assam is a profiler and local correspondent. The two converse on a weekly and bi-weekly basis. Their conversation has been lightly edited. Kevin: Hi Laura. Let’s step in the big topic: coronavirus. Do you feel a little triumphant that your book club recently picked the fantastic postapocalyptic novel […]