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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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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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Key West 4th of July Happenings!

When it comes to celebrating Independence day there are few places I’d rather be than Key West, Florida.  Sunshine, beautiful boating weather, and a spectacular fireworks display make Key West the place to be for the holiday.

Did someone say Key Lime Pie?  Kick off the celebration with the Annual Key Lime Pie Festival on June 30th with the Key Lime Kick Off Party and Key Lime Pie Drop!  Other events include a Sip & Stroll as well as Key Lime Brunch and Pie Hop.  Check out the event website for additional information and details:  http://www.keylimefestival.com/

Rotary Club of Key West will host their annual 4th of July Firecracker 5K Walk/ Run at White Street Pier at 7:30am on Wednesday, July 4th.   Net proceeds will benefit the Edward B. Knight FKCC Vocational Scholarship.  Get your fitness in early and then you’re all set for a beach/ boat day!  Click here to register:  https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/KeyWest/RotaryClubofKeyWest4thofJuly5K

Looking for the best view of the Key West fireworks?  Head to The Casa Marina where the Rotary Club of Key West will host the annual 4th of July Picnic.  The picnic will start at 5 p.m. at Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St. and runs until after the fireworks at 9 p.m.

General admission is $10 (kids 3 and under are free) and includes live music, dancing on the beach, family fun zone with slides, bounce houses, face painting and a silent auction. Food and drinks will be for sale, and there will be a good view of fireworks at 9 p.m.   VIP tickets are $250 and include reserved seating on the beach with a great upscale buffet, three-hour open private bar and spectacular view of the fireworks.  For tickets please visit www.keystix.com.

Sticking around after the holiday?  One of my favorite musicians, Eric Lindell, will be in town for the weekend performing at The Green Parrot on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Check out The Parrot’s live music schedule for dates and times:  https://www.greenparrot.com/key-west-live-music/month/

See you on the dance floor!

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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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Key West Holiday Happenings!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Some people have a little trouble getting into the holiday spirit here on the island, for me, it’s just the opposite.  There are a ton of great holiday events and traditions that both locals and tourists look forward to.

Below are a few of my favorites!

Friday, December 1st– Pet Pictures with Santa

Grab your favorite furry friend and head to The Seaport.  Under the nautical Christmas Tree located in the heart of the Seaport you can get your pets picture taken with Santa.  Photos benefit Boys & Girls Club of the Keys Area, Inc.

 

Saturday, December 2nd – City of Key West Holiday Parade

The annual Hometown Holiday Parade starts at 7:00pm with special guest, Santa!  The parade route starts at the intersection of Truman and White Streets.  The parade will then head down Truman Avenue and head to Eaton Street.

 

Saturday, December 9th4th Annual Parade of Paws

There will be a dog parade starting promptly at 10am where all in the community are welcome to parade their pups (costumes encouraged!) followed by a Holiday Bazaar where local vendors will showcase their businesses.

 

SantaCon

Dig out your Santa costume and join the party as tons of Santas gather at Conch Republic Seafood Company for the annual event.

 

27th Annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade

The annual Key West lighted boat parade will start at 8pm.  Viewers can watch the nautical parade along the Harbor Walk of Lights in the Seaport or for the best spot in town, contact my girls at Lagerheads Beach Bar to reserve a private table.

 

Saturday, December 16th – Rudolph the Red Nosed Run

Join the Positive Step for their 10th annual 5K that leaves from the Southernmost Beach Cafe. A Positive Step is a community based non-profit organization dedicated to serving the highest risk youth and their families.

 

Wednesday/ Thursday, December 27th & 28th – Holiday Home Tours

Join the Old Island Restoration Foundation for the kick off of their 2017-2018 Home Tour season.  The home tours feature historic and renovated homes through out Key West each as unique as their owners!

 

Monday, December 31st – Ring in the New Year!

World famous for our New Year’s traditions, pick a spot on Duval and watch the fun unfold!  Sloppy Joes (200 blk of Duval) is where they will drop the Conch Shell

Christopher and the crew at LaTeDa (1200 blk of Duval) will “pop” a huge champagne bottle.  And of course, Sushi will come down in her red shoe over at the Bourbon complex at the 800 block of Duval.

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8 Feel Good Things From Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma brought a lot of devastation to the Florida Keys there’s no doubt about it.  But in the wake of Hurricane Irma the Florida Keys community is coming together as they always do.  Here are 8 awesome things that have happened in the in the Irma aftermath:

The prosecutor from Miami who drove to the Florida Keys with his own grill and 300 pounds of chicken to cook for all the military and first responders helping with the Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

The guy who gave his beach umbrella to the National Guard so they could have some shade while handing out FEMA supplies.

It just didn’t feel right seeing the National Guard in full uniform standing out in the middle of a field in Bahama Village handing out MRE’s, water, and ice with no shade.  One Key West man took them over his beach umbrella to offer a little bit of shade and it wasn’t long before the troops were taking turns under the small shady refuge.

UPDATE:  Additional tents and umbrellas were added as the week went on. 

The little girl who went to a disaster relief center in Orlando and donated her bunny to the cause.

We were waiting in line at Publix and a police officer came up to us.  There was a little girl in one of the Orlando drop off centers for Key West relief and she wante to give her bunny to a little girl in Key West who was affected by hurricane Irma.  The officers promised the little girl and took the bunny to Key West.  It was her most favorite stuffed animal that she slept with every night.  Our niece was the lucky recipient of the bunny and she is in good hands.

 

People of Key West hosting block parties and sharing Irmageddon stories and a hot meal.

Last Thursday night there was a block party in Bahama Village.  Bradley Garrison said the locals were “serving up strip steaks and lobster tails to some great people.  Beautiful stuff.  Wouldn’t wanna be anywhere else.”

 

801 Bourbon hosted a “Get off your ass and help” block party.

801 Bourbon Bar was one of the first businesses to open back up after the storm had passed.  People needed to get out of their houses and shelters.  They needed a place to go that had people they could share their experiences with and also a laugh and a cold drink.  801 Bourbon rose to the occasion.  The Red Cross delivered hot meals outside of their bar and they hosted a “Get off your ass and help” block party where locals got together to clean up Duval Street proving that block by block, Key West will rebuild.

 

The Conch Republic Recovery Corps was born.

Craig Wynn of CrossFit Mile Zero in Key West created a group on Facebook called The Conch Republic Recovery Corps.  “The purpose of this group is to coordinate recovery and relief volunteers and efforts in Key West and the Lower Keys.  The damage by Hurricane Irma are extensive and all available help will be needed for our island community to recover.”

“If you would like to help with general clean up, repairs and maintenance, relief aid distribution, or any other specialty jobs that may need to be fulfilled please join this group.”

Recovery needs are posted within the group and if the members have any specialty skills, trade craft, or tools they state so in the comments.  It’s really been wonderful to have a place to go to see needs in the community and be able to immediately respond.

 

 

“Service Above Self”

The City of Key West and The Lower Keys felt the power of the Rotary Clubs their motto “Service Above Self”.  Several of the District 6990 clubs put together the Rotary Disaster Relief supply chain.  On Monday, 9/18/2017, a DC-3 cargo plane that flew in the Berlin Airlift brought more than 5,000 lbs. of supplies to be dispersed in Key West. Additionally, Rotary club members from Key West to Marathon are coordinating distribution to reach those with the greatest needs.  Supplies were staged in an empty commercial space in Key West and the doors opened on Tuesday afternoon to a line of people waiting to get their essential items.  Diapers and coffee were the first to go.

 

This little golden pig that survived the storm. She’s weathered the storm and like all survivors probably has one hell of a story. 

 

If you have a feel good Irma story please share!  There are a lot of great things happening out there!