Saturday, February 26, 2005

This Week on the Island 09/28/2003

'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 23rd (the equinox) has gone and now the days are shorter than the nights in the northern hemisphere. In the summer the sun set at 8:20PM, it is now setting at 7:19PM. We have lost 1 hour of daylight in the evening and the sun is rising 1 hour later in the morning. I feel robbed.
It is Rosh Hashanah and many of the Jewish stores on Duval street are closed for the holidays.

The Wyland Wall is being repainted. The Wyland Wall is an under sea picture painted on the side of the Market at the Key West Bight. Wyland has done about 86 of these paintings around the country. He has been here all week and he is almost finished. It is the slow season in Key West, so many people do not have anything to do until Fantasy Fest. The streets around the Market have turned into a viewing gallery with people bring their chairs and coolers and making 'a day of it' as they watch Wyland as he paints. The old painting covered the entire west wall of the Market, the new painting covers the west and the south walls.

If you would like to see some of his work, go to: and click WALLS.

Doug Bennett
Key West, You have got to love it.
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There is a beautiful young lady (middle 20's) that is Captain of her own boat and charters tourist to go on dolphin watches. She came to Key West about 5 years ago with her boy friend. After some time he left and she stayed. Some friends let her camp on their back porch for a few years. She used the shower and facilities for the 'live aboards' at the Key West Bight next to Turtle Kraals. She worked for Sebago as a mate on their tourist boats until she could make it on her own. She is still having a 'tuff' time' but she loves Key West and plans to stay.