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How does one move to Key West? There are lots of toss-off answers, like “marry rich” or “rob a bank,” but I decided to take this seriously. Here’s how one prepares to move to Key West.

Why would you leave?

Everyone dreams of living in Key West, a place where everyone knows why you’d move there. What most folks rarely stop to think about: Why would anyone up and leave? And they do. Lots of them.

North to Miami? Nope

Did you know you head east when you drive to Miami? Not north. East-northeast. And mostly east. Trust your eyes at sunrise. Well, except for a couple of stretches like that right turn in Big Pine, which is due south.

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Key West airport | Come on, folks; we need this expansion

Key West airport | Come on, folks; we need this expansion

Sometimes I feel like a one-person marketing department for the Key West Airport. I'm usually the one at happy hour not carping about long waits in baggage claim. I'm mostly unwelcome on social media when I don't fall in line with the "reasons to hate the Key West airport expansion" discussions. (I've learned to scroll on by; easier than having my head handed to me.) I like the Key West airport....

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The Key West brand | What do these authors have in common with the Tourist Development Council?

The Key West brand | What do these authors have in common with the Tourist Development Council?

The Key West brand: If you’re doing business in the Florida Keys, there’s only one key word set: Key West. If you’re a writer, an artist, a musician, a not-for-profit and you have even the remotest connection to the island chain, there’s only one key word set: Key West. If “Key West” isn’t in your name, if it’s not part of your website’s URL, if you choose cute over key word — say Bone Island — you’ve lost search power.

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Key West 2022 | 10 (small) tips to rebuild an island sense of place

Key West 2022 | 10 (small) tips to rebuild an island sense of place

This isn't one of those Key West has changed laments. Of course, it's changed. Three years of Covid-19 escalated the speed of those changes, leaving us more than a tad discombobulated. Time wears away familiarity even when we hold on for dear life trying to slow or stop those changes. Key West 2022 shares little with Key West 1992 or 1822, for that matter. I think we feel we are losing our...

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This is Key West's South Beach at the end of Duval Street this morning. I was saddened by this horrific mess, apparently not a priority for either the City of Key West or developer/partner Michael Halpern. I understand the impossible task of managing summer sargassum, but this is outside any "we're trying" explanation. Given the condition of the beach and the condition of the pocket park, this once vaunted partnership has become -- at best -- an embarrassment. Honestly, the way it looked today, I'd prefer it was the decrepit dead-end street of before. The beach is owned by the city, which has a public-private partnership with hotel owner Michael Halpern, who promised to be a good steward of what is a shared space that turned the city-owned street into a public walking park. I took these pictures Tuesday morning, Aug. 9. Ranger Ed and I spent a couple hours this morning checking beaches for sargassum, which I'll be writing about in my column later this week. ... See MoreSee Less

This is Key Wests South Beach at the end of Duval Street this morning. I was saddened by this horrific mess, apparently not a priority for either the City of Key West or developer/partner Michael Halpern. I understand the impossible task of managing summer sargassum, but this is outside any were trying explanation. Given the condition of the beach and the condition of the pocket park, this once vaunted partnership has become -- at best -- an embarrassment. Honestly, the way it looked today, Id prefer it was the decrepit dead-end street of before. The beach is owned by the city, which has a public-private partnership with hotel owner Michael Halpern, who promised to be a good steward of what is a shared space that turned the city-owned street into a public walking park. I took these pictures Tuesday morning, Aug. 9. Ranger Ed and I spent a couple hours this morning checking beaches for sargassum, which Ill be writing about in my column later this week.Image attachmentImage attachment

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We rode our bikes here after a date night and were in shock to see this as well 😕

Well that's horrific. 🤔😶

Mother Nature at work, it will be fine. ☮️

The mayor is very focused on making Key West more family friendly. How are families supposed to take their kids to play on the beach in that mess..not to mention the smell. 🤮

Gimmie a spot to live an I would clean it!

I can smell that picture!

I can imagine how stinky that must be.

Rita Nevulis. Yikes!

Dang. GET THAT MESS cleaned up. WE WILL BE THERE NRXT WK. 🤮 YUCK

Just go to the bars until they clean up

That’s what happens when you remove mangroves to make beaches that aren’t natural 🤷‍♀️ sargassum nourishes beaches, feeds wildlife, and supports shoreline stability in replacement to what has been removed. Better than your 1.5 mil condo being swept to sea

Global warming thing..

It’s naturally occurring. Since the Native Americans were on the island. It’s called Sargassum and it comes from the Sargasso Sea just south of Bermuda on a southerly wind. They don’t clean it up right away because it’s important to the environment AND it’s a monumental task. It just keeps coming. It’s part of life in the summer here. Stop being so quick to blame people and understand the history and why it happens.

It’s still cleaner than Smather’s and Higgs though

I cannot imagine that smell

That’s why I never stay on that side of the island…sad bc there are such beautiful resorts there but I refuse to smell that odor.

Really sad !!!!

gross!

Nasty!!

That’s how Tulum looked when we want July 2021..

TDC provides funding for Beach Rakers (I believe that's the company) to clean this area and Smathers, too. I have no knowledge as to how often they are required to do it but the City should know...they negotiate the contracts and request the funding from DAC I. I also don't know what, if anything, the hotel is supposed to be doing to help. If I think of any more info, I'll share it with you. Thanks for checking into it! Please keep us posted!

So sad

Every island in the Carribean is dealing with this problem. it growing down off the equator now. come September it will be gone till next June. live with it.

You can make every effort to turn this into some anti business bias all you want, the real answer is that it’s impossible to keep up with right now. As fast as you scoop it up more arrives, especially on days like today with winds out of the south.

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