‘It always comes down to poetry’ – Key West’s Poet Laureate reflects on a life well lived

‘It always comes down to poetry’ – Key West’s Poet Laureate reflects on a life well lived

“Some friends and I were in Havana to ring in the New Year,” he said from his cottage’s book-crowded living room. “December, 1959, and Fidel Castro was ‘on his way’ to Havana. We were part of a mob of people who fled to Miami.”

When he arrived in Miami, some friends decided to visit Key West.

“Loved it on sight!” Kirby said. “My friend and I bought our first house. It was where the Banyan timeshare is now, on Whitehead Street.”

Bartus holds court on funny attorney-witness exchanges

Bartus holds court on funny attorney-witness exchanges

Someone once said, “If it weren’t for attorneys, we wouldn’t need attorneys.” (He was then promptly sued by an attorney for defamation of character.) I will preface this column by saying that I am proud to have several friends who happen to be attorneys. I’m also proud that none of them are responsible for any […]

Autistic surf in Key West – Event on Saturday explores therapeutic nature of the ocean

Autistic surf in Key West – Event on Saturday explores therapeutic nature of the ocean

Surfers for Autism is working small miracles everywhere it goes. “There are many therapies for autism — cognitive, touch, equine. Not to sound crass, but we don’t care why surfing works. We just know that it does,” said Dave Rossman, the communications guru for the Surfers for Autism (SFA). The group will be in Key […]

McKenzie’s studens know her as ‘Wonder Woman’

McKenzie’s studens know her as ‘Wonder Woman’

On paper, Karen McKenzie teaches middle school students language arts at Sugarloaf School. In actuality, she’s imparting so much more. “When you have a positive attitude it fuels your energy. When you have a positive attitude, you can really fly,” she said. “I try to teach my kids this life possibility.” McKenzie was recently selected […]

Center serves situational homeless – Florida Keys Outreach coalition has been solving the problem since 1992

Center serves situational homeless – Florida Keys Outreach coalition has been solving the problem since 1992

I’ve got a family but I burned all my bridges. I had to go to the jailhouse here to report in because I was a felon and they gave me clothes and shoes and were very helpful. They pointed me in the right direction to turn my life around and I feel really blessed,” said […]

Good Morning America Set for Keys Broadcast Friday

Good Morning America Set for Keys Broadcast Friday

The nation’s top morning television news show, ABC’s Good Morning America, is set to broadcast live segments from the Florida Keys Friday, March 7, and the public is invited to watch and possibly appear on the air. Beginning at 7 a.m. ET, meteorologist Ginger Zee is to broadcast segments from Key West’s Mallory Square featuring […]

Is Duval Street too loud? – Musicians and residents look for middle ground on noise ordinance

Is Duval Street too loud? – Musicians and residents look for middle ground on noise ordinance

Old City Hall was crowded with local musicians and annoyed residents last Tuesday to discuss the issue of the noise ordinance or lack there of. Commissioner Jimmy Weekley brought the bill forward after hearing numerous complaints from residents in his district. “I knew there was an issue and I knew it need to be addressed. […]

Assistant fire marshal devoted to Marathon – Geaneas defines community service

Assistant fire marshal devoted to Marathon – Geaneas defines community service

Lt. Adam Geaneas, 31, is a quiet guy. Ask Marathon’s Assistant Fire Marshal a question and he’ll tilt his head thoughtfully and answer in a low voice. His low-key demeanor masks a huge drive and generous spirit. “He’s very dedicated. He has a big heart for both the city and the department,” said Fire Chief […]

Wild Kingdom 2014 – Snakes and Lizards and Rats – Oh My! – What would Marlin Perkins do…

Wild Kingdom 2014 – Snakes and Lizards and Rats – Oh My! – What would Marlin Perkins do…

Marlin Perkins never prepared me for this. Aging boomers like myself remember watching the old Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” TV show back in the 1960s and 1970s. This show, along with “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,” was the direct ancestor of the entire Animal Planet/Discovery/Science channel family. For those who don’t remember, Perkins […]

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