Key West Island News connects residents and friends of the island; fosters our One Human Family culture; and advances understanding of shared goals for our island community

Key West Island News

Welcome to the Island

We believe there is such a thing as the Key West state of mind and those who love the island will never stray far. Key West Island News believes in that Key West mystique.

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Living in Key West

You’ve vacationed in Key West for years. You know all about the island mystique — and on an island you don’t even have grass to mow. Let’s find out if you’ve got what it takes.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

Get ready for hurricanes

Hurricane preparation is a year-round project, especially with today’s rapidly intesifying storms. We’ve prepared an extensive guide to the best ways to get and stay ready.

START PREPPING TODAY

Today's News

Editor Linda Grist Cunningham writes columns that explain the news and issues affecting Key West and the Florida Keys. Be sure to follow along for the latest news.

WHAT’S UP TODAY?

Key West Island News

Key West Island News connects residents and friends of the island; fosters our One Human Family culture; and advances understanding of shared goals for our island community

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.

What’s up in Key West today?

Editor Linda Grist Cunningham writes columns that explain the news and issues affecting Key West and the Florida Keys. Her columns also appear in the Keys Citizen on Saturdays. Be sure to follow along in print or online for her latest take on living in the Keys.

Climate change in the Keys | Casting  blame sidetracks solutions

Climate change in the Keys | Casting blame sidetracks solutions

I'm amused when what I call the "oh-so-awares" get into a slugfest over who or what is to blame for climate change, for dying smalltooth sawfish, spinning sea creatures, King Tide flooding, sargassum carpets, supersized Cat 5 hurricanes, Wizard-of-Oz tornadoes, sea-level rise, coral bleaching and assorted other environmental disasters. (Oh-so-awares is my shorthand for folks like me who are...

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Living in Key West | How hard can it be?

Heck, you’ve vacationed in Key West for years. You know all about the island mystique — and on an island you don’t even have grass to mow. So, let’s find out if you’ve got what it takes to live here.

Hurricane Irma

It’s hurricane season

The official hurricane season is June 1-November 31, which is pretty much the whole year, because we prep in May and hope to heaven there are no late storms in December. No local ever takes hurricane season lightly, especially if we’ve weathered an earlier one.

Our guide to hurricane prep >

Florida anole on porch

Hidden charms & secrets

Lizards. Iguanas. Roaches. Floods. Heat wave alerts. Hurricanes. Power outages. Crashing cell service. No water. No parking. Traffic headaches. Neighbors so close you hear their toliets flush. It’ll make you crazy. And, yet we can’t imagine living anywhere else.

What’s it really like to live here? >

Key West home repair

Homeowner tips

Wow. You own (or rent) your personal piece of paradise. So how come you’ve got bugs, mold and mildew? How come the like-new air conditioning needs to be replaced? Home repairs and maintenance in a sub-tropical environment are not for the faint of heart.

Locals’ tips for homeowners >

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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.

Martha Hubbard

“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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Shade Ceramics and Shutter Photography

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.

1102 White St. Key West, FL 33040 305-767-3769 Visit Shade and Shutter online  
Shade Ceramics and Shutter Photography is a prime sponsor of Key West Island News

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