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Key West updates with an island attitude

A collection of daily-island-time odds and ends observations from my front porch. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. And, the weather.

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From the Porch | May I pour you a cup of coffee?

What do you need to know today? How about occasional updates from my porch? Key West loves its porches. Catch the breezes. Watch the neighbors. Listen to the chickens argue insanely. Wave to the tourists on the Conch Train. Read the local newspaper. Check out the big world online. Reach for another cup of coffee. Join me?

From the Porch: Need your help: Why would anyone want to live in Key West?

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. Finish the column
From the Porch: Need your help: Why would anyone want to live in Key West?

From the Porch | Egads! Meet the kitten who made me buy a teal Key West cane

Retail shopping in Key West is, to say the least, limited unless one is in search of T-shirts, tropical tourist paraphernalia and exceptional art work. None of which does a thing for a sprained ankle. So I wasn't particularly hopeful that I'd find a cane, or if I did, that it would (a) fit, since I am barely five-feet-in-flip-flops; and (b) have a touch of panache. Figured I'd buy a can of spray paint if the functional black needed spiffing. Finish the column
Teal Key West cane

From the Porch | Hurricane Michael, bikes and cars don’t mix, just showing up matters

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. Finish the column
From the Porch | Hurricane Michael, bikes and cars don’t mix, just showing up matters

From the Porch | I’m ready to raise Key West taxes. How about you?

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. Finish the column
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