Sunday, February 27, 2005

This Week on the Island 03/21/2004

'This week on the Island' is written by Doug Bennett and is an update to friends about happenings in Key West last week. Everything is true except for those parts that are lies.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Tuesday, March 16, we had sunrise at 6:36 AM and sunset at 6:36 PM, or 12 hours of both dark and light. The Equinox, the first day of spring, is not on my calendar until March 20th. I guess the further south you go the sooner it gets here . For more info on equinox:

Key West has taken all bicycles that were locked to trees, trash cans, etc and put them in the police lockup yard. It is against the law to lock bicycles to anything other than the provided bike racks. It is amazing the laws that this town will enforce and the ones that they do not enforce.

The Mayor of Key West has been given the authority to marry same sex people. It is against the law in Florida. The quote in the Key West Citizen from our Mayor Jimmy Weekly was 'Every movement has to start somewhere. I think this is the start of that movement.' He seems to not know what has been going on in other parts of the USA.

Many people live on boats here in Key West. Many of these boats are anchored out at Christmas Tree Island. When the 'Live Aboards' come into town they dock their dingys at the 'dingy dock' right beside Turtle Kraals. There was a dingy this week that had not been tied fast and it floated under the dock at low tide. When high tide came in the dingy floated up until it was trapped under some cross members supporting the dock. The tide kept coming in and the dingy kept trying to rise with the tide. The dingy broke in half.

Saturday was the annual conch blowing contest at Sunset Pier at #1 Duval Street. It was a beautiful day with lots of sun and I think everyone had a good time.

Doug Bennett
Key West, you have got to love it.