If Disney did chickens, they’d be Key West chickens. Arrogant, independent, decidedly territorial, and, OK, cocky, Key West’s 2,000 or so chickens — though who’s counting I can’t imagine — rank up there with the six-toed Hemingway cats as tourist magnets and the scourge of locals wanting to sleep in. A visiting friend did a double take one night at dinner at Blue Heaven. “That thing’s alive,” he whispered, watching one of the resident chickens scratch around under an adjoining table. “It’s not one of those Disney re-creations, right?”
High season rule: Ain’t no sweet deals on a Key West vacation rental. Five things to do before you hand over your credit card to a scam.
When we launched Key West Hurricane Irma, our online news coverage, we weren’t sure when “quit” would happen. We were confident we’d know. Today is the anniversary of knowing. It was time to wish our house guests farewell and Godspeed.
Key West | Going off island — especially in the winter — begs a question about smarts. It’s minus-freezing degrees anywhere off island and the coat, hat and gloves you once had are in a storage unit somewhere under the old Christmas decorations. And a pink tutu just won’t do.