Saturday, February 26, 2005

This Week on the Island 09/14/2003

'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.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
September is the slowest month of the year in Key West. School has restarted and vacation is over for most people. The first week was Women in Paradise and we have the Poker Run coming up on the week end of the 20th. The middle two week are pretty dead. There are lots of empty seats in almost all the bars.

Margaretville was covered with a big tent for bug infestation. It is uncovered and back in working order now.

Sonny McCoy age 75, past Mayor of Key West, on Wednesday, rode a water ski on wheels down Duval Street from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. He did this to re-enact his ski trip from Key West to Cuba 25 years ago.

We have 26 more Cubans. They came ashore at Marathon on Wednesday.

The Cruise Ship Carnival Legend was in port Saturday. It is Carnival's newest ship and it the largest cruise ship I have seen here. That thing is big.

T-Shirt shops. We got them. You need to look out for them. Our T-Shirt shops will rip you off. They will have a rack of shirts on display at 3 for $10. After you get your shirt they will want to charge you $49.95 or some other outrageous price. An Oriental couple, that speak little English, were charged $79.99 this week for a few shirts. They were visiting their daughter and son-in-law who live here. The son-in-law took matters in his own hands and got everything corrected. It took the involvement of the local police and the newspaper. Buyer Beware!

I was eating lunch Saturday at the Schooner Wharf Bar with Steve and Jerry. They decided to make a run to The Hog Fish Bar and Grill on Stock Island. I asked to ride along. They both got in their boats and soon as we left the harbor the race began. Jerry was in front and turned in to the channel separating Key West from Stock Island and went to Hurricane Hole. I know this place because that is where I used to rent kayak's to go into the Mangroves. After a few beers at their bar we took off for The Hog Fish. That is the first time I have been in the commercial harbor on Stock Island. We couldn't find a place to park the boats so we raced back to Key West. I had a great time.

Doug Bennett
Key West, You have got to love it
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