Chance are pretty good if you’re in Key West during the winter you won’t encounter much rain (or snow, come to think of it.) But there are those gloomy days when it’s chilly and windy and just not what you’d planned for your winter escape. So what does one do in Key West when it rains or it’s windy and chilly? Depends on whether you’re local or visiting. Let’s start with local.
American history is filled with “times like these.” Three times we have been here. I believe we will be OK. Though my rage boils over too often, I believe in Americans-in-the-middle. I believe there are extremists on the right and the left — and I believe they do not, do not, represent who we are as a people. They get the attention and the headlines today; spoiled children clamoring for their own ice cream cone, unwilling to share and willing to fight to the death to keep what they believe is theirs and theirs alone. Getting through this transition will not be for the faint of heart. But get through we will.
Help me out here: We keep asking: How can we get people to come here? How can we improve the “experience” for our visitors. Ought we not be asking instead “what must we do to become a place where people want to live”? There are a bazillion unscientific surveys that say Key West is a “top 10 this-that-and-the-other,” but those things are always about why VISITORS want to be in Key West. I think we should ask: Why one would choose Key West as the place to move to be a teacher, doctor, lawyer, business owner, cop, firefighter, etc. You know, the kinds of jobs and professions that make a little-town-big-city a great place to put down long-term roots.