Saturday, January 10, 2009

This Week on the Island 01/11/2009

'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 picture this week (click to enlarge) is Sunset Key taken from Mallory Square. Sunset Key was created when the government dredged the cannel and piled up the marl. It was originally Tank Island as the Navy used the island to hold the large fuel tanks that refueled the Navy ships during WWII. It was converted into a resort island that holds multi-million dollar homes.

The Weather: another wonderful week.

Living in Key West

Key West dress code: SUMMER: t-shirt, shorts, and sandals plus a hat. Winter: t-shirt, shorts and sandals plus a hat. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on clothing. You will also need a pair of blue jeans and a hoodie (zippered long sleeve sweat shirt with hood) for those days it gets below 70. Maybe a windbreaker for trips on the water.

Key West housing: usually an apartment that is about 1000 square feet. If you purchase a home it will be about 1,500 square feet. Your current furniture will not fit.

Vehicle: An old used bicycle or skateboard or walk. If you live a few miles away you may need an old used scooter.

Weather: Lots of sunshine. Dry season (December thru May) 70’s in the day and 60’s at night. Wet season (hurricane) (June thru November) 90’s in the day and 80’s at night.

Food: This is an international island and we have a variety of food. Learn to eat before you go out. It will save money that can be used for adult beverages.

Restaurants/Bars: there are over 300 on the island, I’m sure you can find something you like.

Recreation: We have beaches, and parks, and scuba, and jet skies and bicycles, and kayaks, lots of running/jogging clubs, fishing trips, the third largest reef in the world just 7 miles off shore, and lots of sunshine. Let’s not forget all the tours of homes, flowers, gardens, bars, Buffett tours for you Parrot heads, Hemingway tours, etc.

Events: We celebrate everything. Hemmingway, The Conch Republic, Pirates, Fantasy fest, wreaker races, the minimal regatta, the snotty yatchies, the power boat races, the parrot heads, etc and of course all the holidays. We also have a few local playhouses and lots of art and lots of museums.

Politics: Stay out of it; it will just ruin your stay in Key West (unless you are a bubba).

Church’s: We have lots of them, take your pick.

Key West, You have got to love it
'Living the life that others dream'
Doug Bennett
Lat 24.55967N, Long 81.80169W

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