Wow, What a Rain Storm!

Key West FL Rain Storm

Flooding in Front of Island Dogs Bar in Key West

Unfortunately (or fortunately) I missed the huge rain storm and ensuing flood that hit Key West a few days ago..  This picture was taken in front of Island Dogs bar.  That river you see is actually Front Street (for those of you who don’t know Key West).  Despite the rain, or maybe spurred by it, they partied hard in Key West, but who would expect anything less…

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Looking For Local Key West Restaurant Recommendations

Hello Key West Locals!

I’m looking for recommendations for local restaurants in Key West that are off the beaten path..  Some examples that I know of are Sandy’s, El Siboney, Turtle Kraals, Finnigans Wake & Kims Kuban, but any additional recommendations would be appreciated!  By the way, if you’re looking for an awesome fish sandwich while in Key West, both Kims Kuban & Sandy’s are awesome!

Thanks in advance for any restaurant recommendations.

Cool Links & Key West News

I wanted to share a few articles & news stories on the Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys & Key West:

The article about Fort Jefferson is especially interesting.  Personally I’ve not been out there, but I HOPE it’s at the top of the bucket list!

Stay tuned for links to more interesting Florida Keys news.

Key West Wreckers Race on Blue Ice

Blue Ice Key West

Key West Wreckers Race on Blue Ice

Key West Wreckers Race

Sailboat in Key West Wreckers Race

Blue Ice with Trainee At Wheel

Blue Ice with Trainee At Wheel

sailboat in wreckers race

Sailboat in Wreckers Race off Key West FL

The March Key West Wreckers Race was held on Sunday March 31, just off Key West Florida.  The reason I know this is because I was lucky to be on the sailboat Blue Ice for the race.  I’d like to thank Bruce & Tina for inviting me aboard & showing me one of the best times I’ve had in Key West in a while (and that’s saying a lot)!

The race is based on the days when a ship would run aground on the reef, and the salvage boats or “wreckers” would race out to be the first one to the wreck, to claim salvage rights.  It’s a one way race from Key West harbor, out to the edge of the reef about 6 miles out.

If you’re looking for an awesome Key West Sailing Charter, Blue Ice is one that I would highly recommend.  Bruce, and his crew are awesome people and you won’t be disappointed.

2 Headed Bull Shark Found Near Key West

Two Headed Bull Shark Found Near Key West FL

A two headed bull shark fetus was discovered by a fisherman near Key West a couple years ago. The fetus was removed from a pregnant female bull shark, along with other normal fetuses that were released alive.

Read more about this amazing Key West find

Key West Mojito

Pitcher of Mojitos – Key West FL

Are you a Mojito drinker?  If so, check out this new site KeyWestMojito.com for some good info on Mojito’s, including a complete history of the Mojito & tips for making the best.

Hope you enjoy..

Free Things To Do In The Florida Keys & Key West

Here’s a list of free things to do in the Florida Keys & Key West.

5 Free Thinks To Do In The Florida Keys & Key West

Of course you can always walk around Key West and look at the beautiful homes & take in the unique sights around the island.

There are a plethora of things to do, you just need to get out and you will find them..

Key West Beach – Yes It’s Free!

New Key West Parking Rules

New parking rules are being discussed for Old Town Key West.  If you’ve ever tried parking in Old Town, then you know something must be done..

Your best idea may be to sell your car and bike or scooter or take a cab around the island..  If you must keep your big hunk of iron & need a place to park it, then you may want to look at some of the new ideas being discussed by the Key West City Council.  See the details here: http://www.keysnet.com/2013/03/20/485918/key-west-parking-rules-getting.html

Key West Airshow Was Spectacular

I spent the day yesterday watching the Key West Airshow & getting totally sun burnt, but it was worth it!

I really enjoyed looking at all the static plane displays, especially the small experimental EAA plane (you’ll see in the pictures).  Actually I took a break in the shadow of one of the big propeller planes or my sun burn would have been worse..  Of course the Navy Blue Angles we’re the big hit.  Rumor has it that this could be their last show because of the government cutbacks, but I sure hope not.

I watched the first half of the show from Boca Chica beach, but I watched the second half from Boca Chica Field and it was a much better location.  The Navy did a very nice job of getting you in & out in a timely manner & generally did a great job on the show.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for everything they did to help put this show on.

If you get a chance, you really should go see them!

There’s really not a lot to say about it, so I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

Key West Bike Thieves – You Suck

Key West Police Looking For Bike Thieves

WOW, I can’t take it anymore..  3 bikes in 3 months (actually 2 bikes & 1 front tire/wheel..).  I know bike theft if a major problem in Key West, but this is ridiculous..  As a part time Key West resident, bike theft is the only crime I’ve had perpetrated against me & my family.

I was wondering what the Key West police department is doing about it, so  I went down to talk with them.  I spoke with an officer and he told me the best (and only) solution that they had was to get the bike serial number to the police so they’ll know it’s mine if they ever find it..  Kind of a lame solution in my mind..  I asked if they’ve done any “Bait Car” type sting operations and they didn’t know, but thought it may be difficult due to budget constraints.  They recommended that I talk with the detectives, but I haven’t been able to get through to them yet.  I plan to continue to work with the Key West police department to urge and help them to set up some type of sting to catch these asshole bike thieves.

Next time you bike thieves think about stealing my bike, THINK AGAIN, it might just be a trap..