Saturday, February 26, 2005

This Week on the Island 10/12/2003

'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.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The weather. What can I say. It is in the mid 80's in the day and the high 70's at night but the big story is the humidity, it has dropped to the low 60's. It is beautiful. This is the reason we live here.

Jo has a friend, Susan, in town this week, so we are doing all the tourist stuff.

We went to the Dry Tortugas on Friday. (70 miles west of Key West). It takes 2 1/2 hours by boat to get there and then 2 1/2 hours to get back. We spent 4 hours at the old Fort and checking out the island. I really would have hated to be stationed there. It is a beautiful place, but after 4 hours I was ready to leave. The Fort was never completed, but it was built to control the shipping in the Gulf of Mexico. It was used as a Union prison in the Civil War. At one time there were 2,000 people stationed here. Dr. Mudd was their most famous prisoner. He is the Doctor that fixed Booth's leg after he shot President Lincoln.

Kmart, October 1st, There is a 6 foot mechanical Santa Claus at the front door that says "Merry Christmas" when you walk past.

Doug Bennett
Key West, You have got to love it.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------There is a beautiful house on Elizabeth Street across from the VFW. It has been 'For Sale' since we moved to the island. Now with the new hotel being built across from my house and the rumor that the VFW will be sold and demolished, That house may be sold. Guess who is suppose to be the buyer? Jimmy Buffett. Seems the house is only about 50 feet from his recording studio. Asking price $2.5 million.