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7 ways to move here

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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What's up in Key West?

Key West Island NewsYou could spend all day searching for news about Key West and the Florida Keys. Or you can bookmark Key West Island News. Get the latest news, Facebook posts and information from the sources WE trust.

What's up in Florida?

Key West Island NewsGet the latest from Florida’s trusted news organizations. Key West Island News integrates RRS and live Facebook feeds from credible sources like the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Florida Politics.

Things to do

Key West Island NewsThere’s always something to do in Key West. Let us help you plan the perfect visit or welcome your guests. And, if you’ve forgotten how wonderful living here really is, we can help you jumpstart your love affair.
Key West vacation rentals | 5 takeaways from the community workshop

Key West vacation rentals | 5 takeaways from the community workshop

By the time last Friday that I got around to watching Thursday's three-plus-hour community workshop on Key West vacation rentals, I knew these things for sure: No one set fire to city hall. The EMTs didn't show up and no one was arrested. From all accounts, the vacation rental workshop was a most civilized affair. Actually, it was. Civilized that is. Shockingly so, perhaps, given the volatile...

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Hurricane Irma | 5 years that changed Key West and the Keys

Hurricane Irma | 5 years that changed Key West and the Keys

Once a month I drive to Marathon and back for a board meeting. I've done that since before Hurricane Irma clobbered Key West and the Florida Keys on Sept. 10, 2017. For five years that 100 mile round trip has been my gauge for our recovery from Irma's Category 5 winds, pummeling rain and storm surge. The damage -- and the recovery -- is most visibly stunning across Big Pine Key, which, along...

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Five things Key West locals do — and then “blame” tourists

Five things Key West locals do — and then “blame” tourists

Growing up in my parents' house in the way back, we blamed middle brother Mike for whatever transgressions caught my mother's attention. Grossly unfair, of course, since it was usually my sister who dared Mike to do stuff he ought not. He happily obliged. It's like that with our island visitors. Key West locals roll their eyes and with a dismissive groan say "must be a tourist." As though only...

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Key West election day | Polling places are today’s neighborhood centers

Key West election day | Polling places are today’s neighborhood centers

At 12 minutes to six Tuesday morning, I lifted the backpack onto my shoulder, grabbed my cup of coffee and walked out the front door into the hot, humid, island dark. It's half a dozen blocks and a five-minute walk to my assigned polling place, but I sure didn't want to be late for my first time as a Key West election day poll worker. This was first-day-of-school excitement with a spoonful of...

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Key West Island News

Key West Island News

Who we are: We are a Key West-owned digital news and information company that uses a community-support model to sustain our news, information and connections mission. Our funding comes from our local and off-island subscribers, select advertisers and investors. We are governed by an advisory board comprising residents and journalism and community-building professionals. Editor and publisher Linda Grist Cunningham owns KeyWestWatch Media LLC, which publishes Key West Island News.

What we do: We do original reporting and aggregate information from trusted news sources in Key West, the Keys and the state of Florida. We choose our trusted sources carefully to ensure accuracy and useful information.

Why we do it: We believe Key West needs a comprehensive, trusted source of news and information —  a single place where residents and friends of Key West can find what they need to know each day.

What’s important to us: The topics shape our coverage: The Key West mystique; economic development; environmental protection; not-for-profits, arts and entertainment; small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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“Key West is an amazing canvas”

Key West chef and photographer Martha Hubbard walks the island each morning. For years she has shared with her social media friends a photo or two to start the day. Now she shares her photographs exclusively with Key West Island News. From pounding waves off the White Street pier to a Royal Poinciana bursting red, Martha’s photos are a stunning reminder that we live in a canvas made new every day.

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Contemporary artisan ceramics and photographs crafted in Key West | Follow the latest news from our gallery! We love sharing what we’re doing in the White Street gallery — and we welcome you to stop in when you’re in the neighborhood.

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