Key West News

Hey folks, If you’re looking to find out the latest, most up to date news and events happening in and around Key West and the Florida Keys, there’s no better place to find it than the daily newspaper in town, the Key West Citizen. The Citizen will keep you informed and up to date about everything from the latest news, weather, sports, business, visitor info, classifieds and much, much more written by some of the best journalists in the area.

The Citizen dates back over 125 years and is the only daily newspaper based in Monroe County since 1905. The history of the Citizen is quite lengthy and fascinating as well. I found this awesome article written by Terry Schmida, a Citizen features editor, about the history of the newspaper that I think everyone will find both interesting and informative.

Here’s the link from the article….Enjoy!!!

In Memory

Sometimes it’s hard to believe how time passes by so quickly. I would like to take this opportunity to pause, reflect and remember the great sacrifices of three individuals, as we come up on the 38th anniversary, July 20th, of the tragedy on the salvage boat ” The Northwind”, that took the souls of Mel Fisher’s son Dirk, his wife Angel, and diver Rick Gage, who were a part of Mel Fishers team searching for the Nuestra Senora de Atocha which had been lost at sea for almost 400 years. Their diligent work, perseverance and dedication to finding and salvaging a piece of history shall never be in vain. To the families of all of those involved in the search and recovery of the artifacts of the Atocha, we are all feeling the loss collectively and wish to recognize and mourn the loss of such dedicated individuals who gave their lives for something greater than themselves.

As we all know, although Mel and his expedition team ultimately located the “Mother Lode”, at great personal and legal expense, I personally will do my part to honor all the hard work that still continues to this day by wearing the “piece of eight” coin that I purchased around my neck every day in appreciation and in remembrance of all 264 souls who were lost in the original tragedy and the Northwind tragedy. I am truly honored and wear it proudly.

Oldest House

Hey folks, just wanted to give you all a heads up if any of you are planning a trip down to Key West during the May 1st through May 5th time frame. The Key West Songwriters Festival will be showcasing some of the best performing songwriters that the world has to offer and it all takes place during the first week in May at various venues all over Key West. Featuring over 100 performers appearing on over 25 different stages with over 30 different shows to offer, this music festival is a one of a kind preview of some of the best local and national musical acts that the planet has to offer over a five day and night time period. Most of the shows are free and the festival finishes up with a fabulous street concert in front of Sloppy Joe’s Bar on Duval street. Headlining this wonderfully eclectic musical lineup is X-Factor Winner Tate Stevens, whose rise from humble beginnings to national stardom is a story that will inspire everyone who witnesses the pure passion he has for his craft and his soulful, down to earth, heartfelt vocals will surely impress all the live music fans in the audience.

Click on the link above for more information as it pertains to all of the specific details regarding this event. The shows will take place at many of Key West’s most popular watering holes around town and I’m sure that you will find a few that are convenient and that fit into your vacation schedule. This is truly a collection of talented artists that should not be missed… Enjoy!!

If you’re planning a trip to Historic Key West anytime soon, a must see attraction is the oldest house in Key West.

Key West’s Oldest House Museum and Gardens (305-294-9501)

Located at 322 Duval St, right in the heart of Old Town, you’ll find this charming, wonderfully historic property. The Oldest House in Key West is free and open to the public daily from 10am till 4pm except Wednesdays and Sundays when they’re closed. The museum has staff on hand to answer any questions and inform guests of the history of the house and the family who lived there. “Casey” did a marvelous job explaining the amazing details and was extremely helpful and very friendly. It was a great pleasure talking with him.

This historic property is also available for private functions including, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, as well as for companies and organizations. The private gardens can accommodate up to 125 seated diners or up to 300 people for cocktail parties. The gardens offer a beautifully manicured lawn, gazebo, quaint brick pathways and a gorgeous tropical foliage for your enjoyment. There’s also an original “Cook House” from the era that is simply incredible. The house was built on Whitehead Street and the moved to this location around 1836. It’s really well worth the time to stop in to this wonderfully historic landmark when you’re in Key West. I would consider it a must-do!