Kendahl Burnett has the remedy at Walgreens if you’re feeling under the weather. ALEX RICKERT/Keys Weekly

No matter how many individuals appear in the pages of each edition of Keys Weekly, there are always so many more of our community members who deserve to be recognized. In an effort to shine a spotlight on more of the incredible individuals who live and work in these islands, Keys Weekly is proud to spotlight our Neighbor of the Week feature, dedicated to celebrating a community member with each issue.

This week’s neighbor has the (legal) hookup as she takes care of Marathon’s pharmaceutical needs at Walgreens’ 53rd Street location. Originally from Tampa, Kendahl Burnett moved to the Keys in late 2020 after graduating from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and working for a short period at an independent pharmacy.

“One of my classmates was living down here, and I wanted to get out (of my old job),” she told the Weekly. “I reached out to him because I saw there was a position available here; he put in a good word for me, and it worked out. That was between the end of September and October, and I was down here by November.”


Pharmacy Manager, Walgreens

What’s the most ridiculous fight you’ve seen on social media? When Kanye West was going off on Pete Davidson. He was one of my favorite artists when I was growing up, but that was crazy.

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and what would you eat? Idris Elba, and I’d probably give steak a try.

Have you ever had a brush with death? I went up to Miami with my best friend to go on her dad’s yacht. You’ve probably seen those videos of inlets where boats are going crazy. The dinghy was attached to the end of our boat, and it snapped off three times in the inlet, so we had to stop in the middle of everything. We thought the boat was gonna capsize that day.

Which is worse: people who clap when the plane lands, or people who stand up right away in the aisles? Standing in the aisle. They’ll tell you to get up; don’t rush.

The title of my autobiography would be… “YOLO. Just enjoy your life, you only get one.”

Two truths and a lie: I played volleyball in high school, I swam with dolphins, and I’ve been attacked by a swarm of wasps.

If you could shop for free at any store, which one would it be? Nordstrom.

What’s your best “hot take?” I don’t get the obsession with the Kardashians.

If you could be one character from a TV show, who would it be? Jess from “New Girl.”

What’s one thing most people never knew about you? I played clarinet and bass clarinet in my middle school symphonic band.
What’s the weirdest or funniest app on your phone? Honestly, TikTok.

Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.