Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas is the Editor of Key West Weekly and moved down from her second-favorite island, Manhattan. She has worn many hats: publicist, tour guide, bartender, teacher, and cat wrangler, but this one seems to fit the best.

City Plans Duval Revitalization – Long Term Plan Rolls Out

Duval Street is one of the most iconic strips in the U.S. and has cleverly been nicknamed “The Longest Street in the World,” referencing its stretch from the Gulf to the Atlantic. Dotted by landmarks like The San Carlos Institute, Sloppy Joe’s, and the old Strand Theater, it’s an...

An Account from the Ground – What is left behind after Dorian

By Paul Menta As told to Sarah Thomas  Editor’s Note: Paul Menta returned to Key West on Monday, Sept. 16  from his relief trip to the Bahamas with Robert Spottswood Jr. and Billy Currington. The night before, Sept. 15, Currington’s Bahamas Benefit at Sunset Pier raised $26,111 for the cause. The...

Opening Hearts and Homes

When Alysha Kelly found out her husband Colin had orders to move to Key West, she was already thinking about being a foster parent. Alysha reached out to Meghan Burgess at Wesley House about the PRIDE program, which stands for Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education. The program...

Amy Grant on Finding the Extraordinary Every Day

To children of the ’80s and ’90s, the name “Amy Grant” evokes an immediate reaction, potentially even a few lines of the Grammy-nominated, quintuple-platinum song “Baby, Baby.” Images of a fresh-faced, curly-haired 30ish Amy Grant in cowboy boots and a white T-shirt, from the early MTV and VH1 days,...

What FEMA flood maps mean for residents, real estate

The much-anticipated day has finally arrived: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released its draft floodplain maps, which will affect how insurance rates are calculated in the Keys. Municipalities have posted online draft maps where citizens can search by address. Key West’s is found on the city website,...

Communication Workers of America Challenge AT&T

20,000 AT&T workers in the Southeast who are members of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) union are striking because of what they say are unfair labor practices. Two thousand of those workers are lining the streets outside of AT&T facilities from Pembroke Pines to Key West. Here in...

Mall on Duval revitalization effort continues despite controversy

This week, the conversation about the Mall on Duval threatened to escalate to a brawl on Duval, as restaurateurs and shopkeepers on both sides of the issue adamantly argued their cases to the city commission on Aug. 20. Supporters wore T-shirts declaring “I love the Mall on Duval,” while...

Putting the Band Back Together – KWHS Marching Band prepares for the field

Folks who live in the neighborhood surrounding Key West High School have probably gotten used to a horn-blasting, drum-thumping rendition of “Burnin’ Love” accompanying their morning coffee. KWHS’ band camp just concluded on Aug. 9, as the 100-strong musical force prepares for the upcoming season. Friday, Aug. 16, the...

90 miles closer – Havana Nights Heats up the Stage at Key West Theater

“In Havana, they are doing what we do — they just do it without the same equipment,” says Rolando Rojas, pulling out his phone, showing a video of musicians on the streets of Havana. As he says, they are making an incredible sound — like a band much bigger...

Heads in Beds – DAC1 approves TDC funding

The Tourist Development Council’s district advisory council for District 1 (DAC1) has made its decision on funding approval for events in Key West. Ultimately, the council approved $983,000 worth of funding — $1,066,000 was originally allocated, and the remaining $83,000 will go toward the advertising budget.  “The event managers and...

Consider the Lobster Roll – The Good, the Better and the Best

Yes, David Foster Wallace, we have considered the lobster: with or without mayo, drawn butter and even a squeeze of Key lime.  At the opening of lobster season in the Keys — it kicked off Aug. 6 — we decided it was the perfect time to sample some of the...

Plastic Ban – Commission sends measure to staff

The “sunscreen ban” made waves back in February, which the Key West city commission approved, and Gov. Ron DeSantis ultimately upheld (vetoing HB 771), after an attempted upending of home rule. Now, a new and more ambitious environmentally-motivated ordinance is on the city agenda: a single-use plastic ban.  Following the...