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Not all Florida history is recent

If there’s one thing old-timers hear from newcomers to Florida, it is this: This place has no history. Everything here is new. True, much of South Florida is new, compared to Boston, New York or Philadelphia. But Native Americans have settled the swamps and the prairies of the Sunshine State for many millennia. And as for European settlers, ponder this: […]

Bird Migration Mania coming to tropical forest, garden

The Lower Keys Fall Migration Mania — Birding and Wildlife Adventure will take place at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 27. Join the flock and explore the natural wonder of the annual migration inside the tropical forest along with Mark Hedden, writer, photographer and birding […]

Organizers reimagine SMART Ride

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on many charitable events, as groups scramble to rethink approaches to fundraising. Case in point: The SMART Ride. Traditionally the bicycle trek has been a 165-mile journey from Miami to Key West. In that spirit, participants this year will be challenged to ride 165 miles, wherever they may be, the weekend of Nov. […]

Key West Business Guild luncheon meeting

The Key West Business Guild recently held its September luncheon at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel. 1. The meeting was socially distanced,organizers said.2. Key West Assistant City Manager PattiMcLauchlin was among the speakers.3. Vince Taporowski and Karen Taporowskiof Ocean Sotheby’s Realty4. Executive Director Kevin Theriault received wellwishes and dessert for his birthday.5. Bernice Schaefer of Realty Executives of theFlorida […]

Key West Chamber of Commerce

Sculptures by CRGray Sculptor Craig Gray of CRGray has been creating works for public places throughout the island. Here, he’s at work on a bench. He’s at 5600 Fourth Ave., Key West; 305-432-6856 or


22&Co504 Angela St.Open 6 p.m.2-for-1 beer, wine and well drinksManic Monday, 1/2 price all drinksall daywww.22andco.comAlonzo’s Oyster Bar700 Front St.4-6:30 p.m.1/2 price well drinks, beer,wines by the glasswww.alonzoysterbar.comAqua711 Duval St.2-6 p.m.$5 well drinks, $3.75 domestic beerswww.aquakeywest.comBagatelle115 Duval St.4-6 p.m.1/2 price drinks$5 tasting plateswww.Bagatellekeywest.comBobby’s Monkey Bar900 Simonton St.Noon-8 p.m.$2.50 domestic beers$3 imports and well drinksBottleCap Lounge1128 Simonton St.5-7 p.m.Discounted beer, wine, […]

Chef, composer, singer, actor join Studios’ conversations

A culinary guru is coming to the table for The Studios of Key West’s “Between Two Palms” online conversation series. On Oct. 7, Dorie Greenspan joins The Studios of Key West for its “Between Two Palms” online conversation series. The program invites award-winning theater, television, film and literary personalities online for an unscripted hourlong conversation produced by The Studios. Tickets […]


It’s all hens on deck as nonprofit group tends to Key West fowl in need

FOR ALMOST 200 YEARS, WANNABE comedians have been asking why the chicken crossed the road. But in Key West, chickens don’t just cross roads. They congregate on one-way streets in groups, mamas stopping traffic for their fuzzy little chicklets. They roost in the trees and perch on bike handles. They casually wander into bars and restaurants. And they crow at […]

Key West’s culinary triple threat

Many visitors to Key West arrive seeking nothing more than an umbrella drink and sand beneath their toes. But even the thirstiest of tourists has to eat. And though the island’s restaurant scene is frequently overshadowed by Duval Street and its association with wild spring breakers and boozy bachelorette bashes, the last decade has seen a not-soquiet blossoming of Key […]

THE DISH: Highlights from local menus


The Dish: Chicken salad The Place: Blue Heaven, 729 Thomas St., Key West. 305-296- 0218 or The Price: $13.50 The Details: A visit to Blue Heaven is as much about the ambience as it is about the food. I remember chickens and cats scurrying across the dining space the first time I visited 25 years ago or so. I […]

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