The many sides of Key West’s Ralph De Palma

The many sides of Key West’s Ralph De Palma

Programmer, photographer, historian Ralph De Palma misread the definition of retirement. Or perhaps he just understood it as “start all over doing something you completely love.” Not that he didn’t love his first career as a software engineer at Cape Canaveral, yes working on Space Shuttles (super cool). In 2001, needing a break, he accepted […]

Q&A with a Blue Angel pilot

Q&A with a Blue Angel pilot

Captain Jeff Kuss looks forward to a ‘safe and precise’ show Captain Jeff Kuss is a 33-year-old F18 Blue Angel pilot who will by flying over the Keys this weekend with a sense of pride and privilege. Originally from Durango, Colorado, Captain Kuss knew he wanted to be a pilot since he was 8 years […]

Local Grocery is a Key West Institution

Local Grocery is a Key West Institution

Fausto’s Food Palace turns 90 in April The identity of Key West begins and ends with local businesses—even in the wake of retail chains, convenient stores and the mega-corporations that continue to invade the island. Yet for one local outfit, which has survived and flourished in the face of many corporate challengers; Fausto’s Food Palace […]

The powers of Santería in the Keys

The powers of Santería in the Keys

Headless goats, chickens and pigeons washed up on Boca Chica road last week. Eeeww, right? The Monroe County Sheriff’s office immediately recognized the hallmarks of the Santería religious ritual of animal sacrifice. But Santería’s belief in animal beheading isn’t dissimilar to the hope and dreams of modern life. Like playing the same lottery numbers or […]

The Rotary Club of Key West Celebrates 100 Years of Service

The Rotary Club of Key West Celebrates 100 Years of Service

“Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Is it beneficial to all concerned?”   Those four questions are the standard by which the Rotary Club of Key West has measured itself by for the past 100 years. Designated the “Four Way Test,” Rotary clubs […]

Creating One Local Family – Military Affairs Committee celebrates 50th Anniversary

Creating One Local Family – Military Affairs Committee celebrates 50th Anniversary

During February of 1966 while the Cold War raged around the world, members of the Key West Chamber of Commerce felt there shouldn’t be one on our island. The Navy was a predominant presence at the time but largely removed from local life. The social chasm between the military and civilians was growing as two […]