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IF EVER A COLOR COULD PERSONIFY A location so appropriately, blue would be the most befitting for Key West. Cloudless blue skies on beautiful breezy days; the endless blue ocean stretching in every direction as far as the eye can see; and, in the weeks and months after being struck by Hurricane Irma, the shine of blue tarps on roofs […]

Key West Authors’ Book Fair on tap

Anyone who’s paid $25 for a cheeseburger on Duval Street lately knows that Key West is an expensive town. Quitting your job at the snow shovel factory up north and moving to paradise sounds great until you factor in our tiny island’s exorbitant cost of living and the fact that, other than those ubiquitous jobs in hospitality and food service, […]


Introducing Justin Cline

When you first meet him, he may introduce himself as Justin, but to his friends and locals he is known as Durty, a nickname that he got as a teenager for a reason that he says is “top secret.” “I’ll never tell,” he half jokes when asked how he got the nickname in the first place. “Otherwise it will lose […]


Exploring her history and the Key West museum

THE STRAITS OF FLORIDA THAT STRETCH between Key West and Cuba were a treacherous place to be in April 1980, but for Cuban refugees brave enough to attempt the crossing from one island to another, fear had become an old friend. Cubans were long terrorized under a regime that — under the guise of restoring freedom — turned neighbors against […]

OIRF opens five private homesteads with stories of survival, renewal

Our island — and the rest of Florida — did not become part of the United States until the administration of James Monroe, for whom our county is named. But lack of early presidential visits did no diminish the strategic importance of our port, for both military and trade purposes, which brought growth to this island outpost. Little exists from […]


Alan Nelson: You can call him Al

There is no better place to watch a Key West sunset than from a seat at the Sunset Pier at Ocean Key Resort, located at 0 Duval Street. The colorful seats and patio umbrellas line the pier that shoots out into the Gulf of Mexico, with a broad view of the blue sea horizon, with picturesque Sunset Key, Wisteria Island, […]

Re-greening the Keys: GardenFest

Celebrate the recovery of the Keys as GardenFest, a fair of nature, arts, crafts, food and entertainment for the whole family, returns to the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Shop for plants, and artworks amid the cooling greenery that is rapidly regenerating at […]


UNLESS YOU’RE A FAITHFUL LISTENER TO SIRIUS XM’s Outlaw Country station (I don’t own a car, so don’t ask how I even know what that is), you’ve probably never heard of the Red Dirt music movement. Born in Stillwater, Okla., and so named for the color of the soil found there, Red Dirt is a rebellious, boot-stompin’, guitar-pickin’, impossible-to-define mix […]

The 1st Annual Key West Photography Festival

On Feb 8-11, on Mallory Square in Key West, the first annual Key West Photography Festival will celebrate the world of photography through a series of panels, talks, workshops, exhibitions and much more. The four-day festival will kick-off with a Spotlight talk by two-time Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist Patrick Farrell. His 2009 coverage of a brutal hurricane season in Haiti won […]


Kimberly Hull

A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting with a friend in the narrow courtyard of Grunts Bar , listening to her memories of growing up in Key West. She told me that she had been coming to this location for as long as she could remember, as a child with her parents, when she finally turned 21, and now […]

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