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.
I ride a trike and I hold my breath each time a car or truck passes, some appearing to cut it as close to me as they can just for sport. Or following closely enough to bump me out of the way. Sometimes it’s a tourist in a fancy red rented convertible. Sometimes it’s a local bent on making the light first (you know it’s local by the residential stickers or license plate.) They have one thing in common: They either don’t see or pretend not to see a bike right beside them.
I’d pay higher Key West taxes if I knew the city’s leaders — the City Commission and the mayor — were committed to making Key West a home for locals. Put us first. If our quality of life is paradise perfect, the tourists will keep on coming. If we continue to put tourists and those who cater to and benefit directly from them first, we can kiss our island life farewell.
I’m not going to stop writing my political columns. I am going to stop posting them to the Key West Island News Facebook Page and I’ll separate them on the website. If you want to know what I’m pondering “off the rock,” so to speak, you can find them on my personal Facebook Page (just follow me; we don’t have to be friends), or you can read them on their own page on the website. But, they don’t belong on Key West Island News. I get it. I hope you’ll give me another chance.
Good morning from the Athens of the Midwest. I’m off the rock and marveling at the novelty of 52 degree mornings. I love trees, though I do find some of the Key West tree conversation tiresome. I think the Poker Run promoter needs to get over his entitlement pouting. And, with that, I’m off to prep my sister’s Des Moines garden for the coming winter.
From the Porch | Sale of The Citizen, Ibis Bay for affordable homes, back to the gym, Woodward’s new book and about that Kavanaugh handshake
Let’s get to today’s Key West news updates and short takes From the Porch: The Key West Citizen was sold. Ibis Bay resort for workforce homes? Mandy Bolen Miles thinks so. I do, too. Did U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh really snub the Parkland dad? And, journalist Bob Woodward is at it again. Can he take down another U.S. president?