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From the Porch | Key West says “Sept. 1. Time to get serious about hurricane watch”

By Linda Grist Cunningham, editor and proprietor

Linda Grist Cunningham is editor and proprietor of Key West Island News and KeyWestWatch Media LLC. She and her husband, a park ranger at Fort Zach, live in Key West with their Cat 5s.


Good morning, friends.

Hope there aren’t too many chores on your weekend to-do list. Looks like Key Westers will be doing them in between rain showers, which brings me to hurricane watch.

All of us know that the official hurricane season started June 1. But we don’t pay much attention until we see September on the calendar. That’s when things can get wild and wacky off the shores of Africa. That’s when all those “spaghetti models” set course for the eastern United States, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Which is why my first cup of coffee on the porch this morning took me back to Mike’s Weather Page and his morning Live on Facebook daily report, the single best place to get up-to-date, comprehensive hurricane information — without a shred of hyperbole. Mike Boylan is our go-to guy. Here’s a great 2017 story from the Tampa Bay Times.

Arrrrrggggghhhhhhh. Gotta run. Rain just dumped like buckets. Will finish this up from INSIDE.

OK, inside and back to Mike. (Had to stop to shoot that video.) As part of your hurricane prep, bookmark these two links. One is Mike’s Weather Page on Facebook, the best place to get real time information. The other is his website, which is one-stop-wandering for anyone with a weather geek bent.

  • Mike’s Weather Page on Facebook: Be sure to click on videos in the left navigation bar. That’s where you’ll find the most recent videos from this Live- casts. (Yes, you’ll need a personal Facebook account.)
  • Spaghetti Models: If you’re a weather nerd and have unlimited wandering time, this website is just heavenly. Mike integrates pretty much every app, website and report from every weather source. Great one-stop.


Odds and Ends

Bahia Honda State Park: Ranger Ed/Cat 5 Dada and I stopped at Bahia Honda Wednesday to see the progress on restoring the park and its beaches. Hurricane Irma did a nasty number on the park, wiping away most of its natural sand beaches. The park is open, especially for campers, but it’s going to be tough to restore the ocean-side beaches as we remember them.

I did this quick video for Facebook, but in case you missed it, watch on.

Keys Energy considers naming son of board president to in-house counsel position. The Citizen reports this morning that the board is going to seek an ethics ruling before offering him the job. Until there was a bit of a local dust-up about it, that job was headed his way over similarly qualified candidates. I know Key West is a small town with limited professionals to fill top spots. I know it’s tough to be the child of a name-brand resident and have one’s job opportunities limited because of anti-nepotism. But, really? This one just doesn’t pass the sniff test. PS: The job pays $130,000-plus annually.

Remember the children separated from their parents at the borders? It’s been a while since there was an update in the headlines. Was glad to see this recap yesterday. Though you might appreciate it as well.

With that, the rain ends. I can go do chores. Sigh. But…. There’s wine tasting this afternoon with friends. Smile.


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