Lower Keys

Staying Power: Half Shell’s bartenders have been there for decades

Staying Power: Half Shell’s bartenders have been there for decades

For a brief moment in the spring of 2000, Michelle and Joe’s eyes met in the office of Half Shell Raw Bar. The next day Joe was training Michelle behind the bar at the popular restaurant, and they worked really well together. “I knew there was possibly something good in our future,” Joe said. For […]

Third annual ‘Bubbas’ are back!

Third annual ‘Bubbas’ are back!

Presented by The Keys Weekly Newspapers and Florida Keys Media After months of speculation, the Key West People’s Choice Awards, officially coined the Bubbas, are finally back. And on July 16, the people of Key West will know which restaurant serves the best fish sandwich, who has the best customer service and which elected official […]

That’s What She Shot in fifth year

That’s What She Shot in fifth year

Spearfishing tourney raises $$$ for Womankind It’s going to be good weather this year, so I am expecting our biggest year ever,” said That’s What She Shot founder Lea Moeller. “The spearfishing community is so awesome, they have taught me so much.” That’s What She Shot, taking place June 10-12, is in its fifth year […]

COAST: Live by it

COAST: Live by it

Camps let kids be kids Tucked in quietly at the back of Stock Island, the COAST property looks like an explorer’s playground, or the perfect place for kids to play during the summer — wooden and rustic — and ready for building, discovering, and getting a little dirty. “Basic human instinct draws to our childish […]

Teens host town hall meeting

Teens host town hall meeting

Wanted: teen center, transportation About 50 people, students and involved community members, came together to discuss ideas for the future of Key West’s teenagers at Key West High School’s library last Wednesday. Hosted by Keys To Be The Change and Department of Juvenile Justice, a committee of students and involved adults, including State Attorney Catherine […]

Happy Mother’s Day – Julia Orofino: Mom, GrandMom, Surfer

Happy Mother’s Day – Julia Orofino: Mom, GrandMom, Surfer

Key Wester redefines the modern grandmother  Julia Orofino’s motto is: “Doing everything makes your kids do everything.” And it’s hard to find something Julia hasn’t done with or without her kids or her grandkids. Julia and her husband of 32 years, Mark, moved to Key West in 1988 to develop Wisteria Island as an ecological […]

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 […]