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Mini Lobster Season

One of the conversations that I’ve been having with locals is that Key West is moving closer and closer to no longer a seasonal town. Traditionally summer (June-Sept) has been the “slow” time of year but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that over the past 10 years the tide has started to change.  I realized it this month when I was waiting for 10 minutes to cross the street in my car because of the steady stream of tourists.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining!  I recognize that our economy is built on tourism so bring on the tourists!

July has become the 3rd busiest month in Key West (February & March being the first and second).  Why July you ask?  My theory has a lot of moving parts but I’ll break it down:

FACT:  It is less expensive to rent a house for a month than for a few days or a week.

FACT:  July is still considered “off season” in terms of the lodging/ hospitality calendar so the cost to rent a home in Key West for the month of July is less than ½ of the in season/ February/ March rate.

FACT:  Key West is a major Florida destination for Independence Day Celebrations.

FACT:  The summer is one of the best times of the year for fishing in The Keys.  The water is calm and smooth as glass and the fish are plenty.

FACT:  Mini Lobster Season is the last full week of July and is a period of  2 days where locals and tourists can go lobstering (limit 6 per person) before they open the waters to the commercial fishermen and regular lobster season on August 6th.

*This year the mini season falls on July 25th and 26th (make sure to always verify dates and regulations with Florida Fish and Wildlife). It begins at 12:01 am on Wednesday and ends at 12:00 midnight on Thursday. The regular 8-month lobster season is always August 6 through March 31.

Combine all those and you’ve got one hell of a reason to make Key West your July destination!  And if you follow me on social media you know that one of my favorite hashtags is #livewhereyouvacation so let me get to work for you!  If you’re looking to buy in the Florida Keys please give me a call or shoot me a text at 305.394.4073.  I am a full time Realtor with Preferred Properties and am ready to help you find your Florida Keys Home.

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Sunset Celebration

One of my favorite sayings is “Celebrate Everything”.  That’s also one of the unofficial mottos of the City of Key West because we sure do like to celebrate the heck out of holidays! This week is Capture the Sunset Week and in it’s honor I’ve got my top 5 places to catch the sunset in Key West.

 

My Top 5 Favorite Places to Watch the Sunset

 

The Galleon (617 Front Street) – The quintessential tiki bar tucked away inside of the Galleon Resort.  Cocktails, beer, wine, and live music on the open water, you just can’t beat it (if you can find it!)

 

Fort Zachary Taylor (601 Howard England Way) – Take a bike ride down to the Truman Waterfront and follow the signs that point you to the beach.  Fort Zach, A Florida State Park, is home to lush pines, sandy-esque beaches, and one heck of a sunset view.

 

Latitudes (Sunset Key) – Treat yo’ self.  For the special occasion sunsets hop on the ferry and head over to Sunset Key.  You can pick your seating, inside or out, but I’d recommend requesting a table outside on the beach if you really want the full experience.

 

Mallory Square (400 Wall Street) – More of a tourist favorite than a locals favorite but you can’t talk about Key West sunsets without mentioning this spot, home of the famous Sunset Celebration.  Every night local artisans and performers head to Mallory Square to celebrate the sunshine.

 

From a boat (Middle of the Ocean) – If you’re coming to Key West I always tell people to really make it a point to get out on the water.  I’d venture to say that having the crystal blue ocean as our backyard is one of the main reasons us locals choose to live here.

 

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Hemingway Days & Events

There’s perhaps no other author in history more synonymous with Key West than Ernest Hemingway and we put on one hell of a celebration to honor him!

Wikipedia describes Hemingway as: an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style—which he termed the Iceberg Theory—had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his adventurous lifestyle and his public image brought him admiration from later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short-story collections, and two non-fiction works. Three of his novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.

This year the 38th Annual Hemingway Days to honor Mr. Hemingway will kick off on Wednesday July 17th and run through Sunday July 22nd.   Hundreds of Hemingway lookalikes and fans will converge on the island to celebrate the late author and his literary works.

Events include the famous Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, Paddleboard race and 5K run/walk, street fair, marlin tournament and The Running of the Bulls!  For a complete schedule of events click the link below:

 

https://fla-keys.com/news/article/10331/

 

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Set Yourself Up for Success. 

Set Yourself Up for Success.

 

This is one statement that I have really been working on in 2018.  One morning last year I woke up and I remember everything just seemed off.  I had fallen asleep on the couch and woke up in the middle of the night to move to my bed.   When I woke up, an hour later than I had planned, I realized I had overslept because my phone was dead and I had forgotten to plug it in when I relocated in the middle of the night.  I got dressed, grabbed my computer, and headed to the office.

When I arrived my client was waiting for me and I quickly ushered them into the conference room while I fumbled to get my computer up and running  (it too had died overnight and if you’ve ever worked with an overworked and overloaded 5 year old computer you know just how slow time can move when you’re waiting for everything to boot up!)

The meeting was successful and I had signed my buyers agent agreement but when my client left I still found myself behind the eight ball for the rest of the day.  My phone kept dying because of the insufficient charge the night before and I went home feeling defeated.  That was the day I decided to really put into practice what I preach, being proactive instead of reactive.

So often we are in the fast lane of life and things are flying at us faster than we can respond.  We don’t realize how taking a second or two to set yourself up for success will impact your tomorrows until it’s too late.  Now when I turn in for the night I do 3 things:  plug in my iWatch, plug in my phone, and charge my computer.  This does 3 things to help me kick off my day on the right foot:  I wake up on time from my phone alarm, I track my calories and fitness progress from my morning work outs and when I get home from the gym I can get right to work without waiting 10 years for my ol’ Bessie of a computer to get with the gets.

I challenge you to take a look at your morning and nightly routines and ask yourself this question:  What is the one (or 3!) thing you can do tonight to set yourself up for success tomorrow?  Is it as simple as plugging in your phone?  How would packing your or your family’s lunch the night before make for a better, smoother morning?

If you really want to grab the bull by the horns and kick start your morning routine I’d highly recommend Hal Elrod’s book Miracle Morning but for those looking for a quick fix just remember to plug in your phone J

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Mel Fisher Days

Each year a celebration is held to commemorate Mel Fisher’s famous 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha which lead to a $450 million dollar treasure discovery in the waters just off Key West.  A series of events are scheduled that will fun from July 12th-14th, 2018 and 100% of all net proceeds from these events will benefit Wesley House Family Services.

During the annual celebration participants can visit Mel Fisher’s Treasures Private Conservation Laboratory or celebrate the treasure hunters mother lode at the Schooner Wharf Bar Dock Party where you can tour the vessel, have meet and greet opportunities with the Golden Crew of the Atocha discovery, and of course bid on the MEGA silent auction!

For a complete list of activities, dates and times please visit the event website:  http://melfisherdays.melfisher.com/

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29 Cactus Drive, Big Coppitt

Every once in a while a property comes along and I think damn, what a great opportunity to add some value.  That’s exactly what happened when I went to look at 29 Cactus Drive for a client last week.  Listed by another agent, the property is located on Big Coppitt, about 10 miles north of Key West.

Big Coppitt has long been a haven for families and Keys residents that want the convenience of a short commute to Key West but more bang for their buck when it comes to real estate. 

This particular home is located on Cactus Drive, just before you reach the gem streets on Big Coppitt.  It has a huge yard (but full disclosure has been recently subdivided).  The subject property sits on about 4200 square feet and on the canal.   The home itself sits up a bit, which will be helpful when it comes to flood insurance for the prospective buyer.

The house was built in 1979 by the original owner and is three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms; it screams 1980.  The brown cabinets, mirrored walls, and faded pink carpets had my mind going a mile a minute.  I liked the layout of the home with the master bedroom and bath on one side and the guest rooms and bath on the other allowing for added privacy.

Take out a wall, replace the floors and fans, upgrade the kitchen and voila!  You’ve got a great home on the water.    If you’re interested in a fixer upper on the water this is the one for you.  Contact me for additional information and/ or to schedule a private showing.

 

Link to listing and photos:  https://www.flexmls.com/share/1ZsT9/29CactusDrBigCoppittFL33040