Saturday, August 06, 2005

This Week on the Island 08/07/2005

'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: Sunny and bright. We actually reached 91 degrees this week.

This week's book was 'Papa, (Hemingway in Key West)' by James McLendon. Another interesting book in and around Key West.

The headlines of 'The Key West Citizen' on Tuesday states that the Watermark (Jabours) project has been squashed. The condos to be built behind Schooner Wharf have been sent back to the drawing board. The Judge said, 'even a judge can see this is not 2 1/2 stories'. I guess we win this round.

Aug 7th: Battle of the Bars at Schooner Wharf. Jo and I have our adult tricycles cleaned and ready to roll. More next week.

Fifty (50) years ago a young lady from OHIO was arrested for indecent exposure on Duval Street. She was wearing white shorts and a sleeveless pink shirt. Today I saw some young ladies with shorts over their bikini's. The zipper was all the way down and the front of the shorts was folded back to revel the bikini bottoms. Times have changed.

Capt Tony's 89th birthday is August 10th. He has invited everyone to come to 'Capt Tony's'. 'Beer won't be free, but the company will be great'. In 1968 Capt Tony purchased a bar on Green Street that had previously been owned by 'Sloppy Joe' Russell. This is the bar where Hemingway used to hang out. 'Sloppy Joe' moved the bar to the corner of Green and Duval in 1937. For those of you that don't know: Capt Tony is the guy that gave Jimmy Buffett a chance.

Key West, You have got to love it
'Meet me at the end of the road' - Conky Tonkin'- Jimmy Buffett
Doug Bennett