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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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Pets & Key West

I recently had a phone call from a potential buyer who was staying in Key West for the weekend and was interested in discussing Key West real estate.  After the ultimate game of phone tag I received a message from him that said he and his wife were expanding their search for a retirement house to different areas of Florida.  He went on to say that they “were on a walk the night before and they saw a dog in a little fenced in yard and he looked so sad and that’s when my wife and I decided Key West was not the right place.”

I was a little taken aback because in my mind Key West is the ultimate destination for pets!  We are such a pet friendly community and while the actual yard space might be limited in some cases there are certainly homes in Key West with a substantial yard for your doggies to run amuck and if you aren’t lucky enough to have a large fenced yard there are many other options such as the pocket parks around Old Town, Dog Beach or the dog park, and of course the new Truman Waterfront that is always peppered with dogs and their owners on walks no matter the time of day.

We also have a plethora of bars and restaurants that are pet friendly.  If you’re pup is into shopping I just saw one at TJ Maxx this afternoon so I guess we can go ahead and ad TJ’s to my list of pet friendly island spots!

Here are a few of my favorite pet friendly places on the island that never seem to disappoint:

Bar/ Restaurants

Pepe’s Café – Pepe’s Café, the oldest eating house in the Florida Keys, fought for their right to have the pups pony up to the bar back in the day.

Hurricane Hole – Located on Stock Island this laid back bar on the water loves the pups.  If you’re feeling squirrelly holler at the Lazy Dog crew and take your pup for a paddle!

Blue Macaw – An oasis in Bahama Village, this local watering hole always has water dishes out for the pups!

Tipsy Rooster – Located in Old Town this funky little bar also doubles as a package store.  Stop by and have a drink, leave with a bottle!

 

Shopping:

Coco’s Monkey – Rescued is My Favorite Breed is their motto, this super cute boutique is located on Simonton Street and Molly, the stores inspiration is usually at the store for meet & greets.

 

Playing:

Grinnell Street Pocket Park  – located on the corner of Grinnell & Angela Streets this charming pocket park is my old stomping grounds and great little spot for the pups in Old Town.

Truman Waterfront – Recently redone the Truman Waterfront has become an attraction for both people and pets!  Lots of green space, open fields, and a pretty great view to boot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Southernmost Boys & Girls Club: Help Our Youth!

One of the things that I love the most about my job is the flexibility and freedom I have to make my own schedule.  I’ve always been a philanthropic person and my real estate career has really allowed me to get involved with organizations that are meaningful to me.

One of the organizations I decided to reach out to was the Boys & Girls Club here in Key West.  I am currently the director of programing for the Rotary Club of Key West and asked the executive director of the B&G Club to present to our Rotary Club last year.  Next thing I knew I was joining the board of directors.

The Boys & Girls Club has always played a very important role in our community and Since hurricane Irma the B&GC has played an instrumental role in helping our community rebound in many ways, a few of them being offering extended hours & waiving fees of our students through out the rest of the school year.

This weekend we will be hosting our Particular Harbour Party at Margaritaville Café.  This our biggest fundraiser of the year and helps us to provide the care and programs benefit our youth and community.  There will be a silent & live auction, 50/ 50 raffle as well as appetizers, buffet dinner and beer, wine & margaritas!

Our board has been working very hard to make this event a success, we’ve been cranking out ticket sales and have some fantastic auction items up for bid.  I’m looking forward to celebrating the successes of not only our upcoming fundraiser but our club as a whole as well!

If you are interested in making a donation to the Southernmost Boys & Girls Club please contact me at 305.394.4073.  If you would like to purchase a ticket to the event please visit www.keystix.com.

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