The Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends April 2, 2018
Pop Up On-Line Art Exhibition from Jim Salem : WWW.COCCOANDSALEM.COM 1111 Duval St.

Our Extensive Photo Coverage of "March for Our Lives" Organized by the KW High School; where Thousands Walked Up Duval Street to Mallory Square for Presentations.
Casa Di Papa by Abigail White  Acrylic on Wood

Pink Cat Hat by Pam Hobbs Acrylic

Pt. 2 "From A Woman's Hand" Annual Exhibition at the Custom House

The Most Adorable Children are in this feature shoot from the Annual MCSO Easter on the Farm. 
Shrimping on a Windy Day

Society Finch at The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

Part 2 of our On-Line Photographic Exhibition from Bob Slitzan (Hanging at Guild Hall). More Below

Our Extensive Photo Feature from the Annual "Equality Florida Celebration"

HTA Makes a Donation

 Nation's Kinetic Parade Craze Hits Key West with the Third Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade Set for May 5

One of Our Favorite Performers Ellen Cherry Performed Last Weekend at TSKW's Blue Heaven Songwriters Series

The Extraordinary Amount of Exhibitions/Classes & Events at KWAHS. 

The Annual OPEN HOUSE events at ALL 3 FKCC Campuses
"Our Lives Matter" Event

2018 Equality Florida Event

"Photos of the Week" by Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow
"Woman" Exhibition from Simone Lasewell & Janet Mueller

"Vintage Simonton St. 1960s" by Wayne Garcia

FIRST THURSDAY APR 5 Reception 6-8p for the April Exhibitions : Simone Lasswell & Janet Mueller, Victoria Mata, Esy Casey and Wayne Garcia


Kevin Nealon 4/29
Plus KW High School on 4/4 Presents "Broadway Backwards"
The Key West Theater Constantly Presenting Primary Market Entertainment. (More Below)

Our Weekly Link to the WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events and their Photo Galleries. This week Jo hnny & Caroline sent over a few Photos from their FKSPCA Annual Spring Social Gallery.
Through the Leaves by Susanne D'Antonio

Banana Flower by Maggie Ruley

Part 7 of Our Tour of the Key West Art Center's Artists
Good News about the Duval Loop; Featured in the Weekly City of Key West & MCSO Sections
Here is a Sneak Preview of Just 9 of the Photo Features that I Pushed Back for the April 9 and April 16 Issues

Key West Wildlife Center

The Colors of Fruits & Vegetables

On-Line Art Exhibition from Hazel Griffiths

On-Line Art Exhibition from Priscilla Coote

On-Line Sculpture Exhibition from Sally Wernicoff

The Last Distinguished Speaker : GM (Rafael Perialver) of the San Carlo Institute "Instituto San Carlos". Living History. April 9th. Issue will explain what every Conch SHOULD KNOW.

The Annual Tennessee Williams Museum Contest Awards Event

Gallery on Greene's Reception for their Latest Exhibition Featuring Everyone's Friend Mike Rooney

6th. Annual Associate Members Show
"Flying High on the Coast by Richard Weithas (Bottom Painting)

The April 9th. Issue will have works from this Show. "Saint Trumpet Vine" by Louise Weithas

Photo by Erin Wolfe : Taken at Mallory Square

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ; Going out to over 7835 Each Week.  In This issue (April 2, 2018) :  On-Line Art Exhibition from Jim Salem, Photo Feature from "March for Our Lives", On-Line Photographic Exhibition from Bob Slitzan (Hanging at Guild Hall Gallery), MOTE's Annual OceanFest at the Eco-Discovery Ctr. 4/14, Papio Kinetic Sculpture Events & Parade 5/5, As Usual Ellen Cherry Stirs Overwhelming Emotional Response from her Audience, WWW.LUCILEKKORNIK.COM , KWAHS Presents 2 Plays from Tennessee Williams 4/8 & 9 at TSKW, FKCC Open House on ALL 3 Campuses, Executive Associate Editor Peter Arnow's "Photos of the Week", FIRST THURSDAY at TSKW 4/5 ALL New Exhibitions with Receptions + Applications Avail. for Studios, The Key West Theater's Updated Schedule + Many New Additions like John Waters 12/16 + John Sebastian 4/1 + KWHS "Broadway Backwards", WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM Extensive Calendar of Events + their Photo Galleries (This Week FKSPCA Spring Social), Pt. 7 Our Tour of the Local Artists from The Key West Art Center, Duval Bus Loop Update, A Sneak Preview of 9 Photo Features Pushed Back to the April 9th. & 16th. Issues. 
Also This Week : Past Blast Links, Habitat for Humanity Meeting with Diana Nyad 4/7, "Collections of KW" Gallery Reception 4/6 for Olga Manosalvs, WWW.ABSOULTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS Presents WhoDunIt Mystery Writing Competition during Mystery Fest Key West 6/22-24, Red Barn "Native Gardens" 3/20-4/7 & "Cry It Out" 4/17-5/5, NEW DATE FOR WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM "Call for Candidates 4/23, WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM Featured Links,  WWW.FLA-KEYS.ORG, Lucy Carleton Dance classes, United Way of the Fla. Keys Free Tax Preparation Assistance, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observation System, Pt. 5 Re-Cap of Commissioner Margaret Romero Community Meeting Last Month, Eco-Dsc. Ctr. Presentation by Matthew & Julia 4/5, Lucky Street has Susan Sugar & Cathy Rose, Isle Cook's Tasty Class Schedule, Zazoo Art / Photo Gallery, KW VFW, WWW.KWLS.ORG Extends "Young Writers Studio Workshop, AnnaMarie Giordano's "Life Drawing Workshops" Every Tues. at Ft. East Martello,
WWW.DOITKEYWEST.COM , GingerBread Square has Gabriella Fiabane / John Whitney / Christos Cavilas, Adam Scott Rote (Artist to the Stars) at KW Gallery 4/20-22,  Waterfront PlayHouse Gala 4/7 + "Ave. Q 3/29-4/14 & The Legend of Georgia McBride 5/2-26 , Skipper Kripitz Gigs, Jazz in the Gardens 5:30-8PM: 4/1 Peter Diamond & Friends + 4/8 Libby York & Friends, WWW.FLORIDAKEYSWILDLIFESOCIETY.COM , Key West Wildlife Center, FIRST FRIDAY 4/6 at Frangipani Gallery : Deborah Moore/ Marc Hacker / & Deb Kik, Gildea Contemporary Fine Art Gallery : Jean Pederson & Nancy Tankersly, KWBG Mixer 4/11 at Mangoes & Luncheon 4/4 KW Harbour Yacht Club + Pride Follies 6/2, S. Florida Symphony Orchestra 4/19 Nimrod Borenstein, Last Stand Meeting 4/2,  Exec. Dir. KWAHS Michael Gieda's Feature on the Renovation at The Custom House, Salt Island Provisions Gallery has Marlene Koenig & Lenny Addorisio,  Giant Raffle at TSKW, KW Library April Computer Classes, Monday Night Bingo on USCGC Ingham & Wed. at Green Parrot, 1st. Place Award to Sandy Mezinis from the Fla. Keys WaterColor Society, Royal Family Wesley House Kick Off at Side Bar 4/6 + Pinwheels for Prevention in Key Largo 4/7,
Arlo Haskell Exec. Dir of KWLS Signing "The Jews of KW" at Books and Books, Fringe Theatre 4/6 Reading of Short Stories by Toby Armour + "Conch Republic The Musical Re-Visited" 4/19-28 (Must See if You Live in KW), Aids Help CC + Fla. Health Monroe Co., Next Artisan Market 4/8, Thursdays at Bayview Park Green Market, LKMC E-Newsletter Link, Reef Relief / MOTE/ NOAA / Key West Wildlife Center / Fla. Keys Wildlife Society (Formerly FAVOR), Sanc. Friends Foundation of the Fla. Keys / Eco-Discover Ctr, Q-Magazine, Next KWAHS "Distinguished Speaker" 4/5 Frederick Borch III (Spanish American War Historian) at Old City Hall + 3rd Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture / Art Bike Parade & Events 5/5 (HTA Gives a Large Donation), 
Cuban Art & Culture Guru Nance Frank tells us about Wayne Garcia (One of the 4 New  Exhibitions in April at KWAHS), Good News about the Duval Bus Loop, Commissioner Romero tells us about a few Citizen Review Board (CRB) Board Member Openings, & More in this week's April 2nd. 2018 Issue

Thanks to All our Associate Contributing Editors for All the Great Year Round Materials. Thanks to the Readers and your Comments.  Have an Outstanding Week. Ed.  PS: As You can see this Issue is Long like many of the recent issues (A Good Thing) ; So You Can with EASE Close and Open this Issue as many times as you need. Happy Easter and Have an Outstanding Week.


"March for Our Lives" Produced by the Key West High School ; Multi Part Feature will be up shortly but First These Features : "Equality Florida" Gala  & Part 2 of "From A Woman's Hand" Annual Art Exhibition at TSKW, Habitat for Humanity, Karen's Wray "Collection KW" Gallery's Flyer, & Promotional Feature from MOTE for the Upcoming 10th. Annual OceanFest.

3110 1st. Ave. N#2f  St. Petersburg 33713 813-870-3735

More from the 2018 Equality Florida's Celebration Up Shortly

Part 2 "From A Woman's Hand" Now Exhibiting at the KWAHS Custom House 

"White Rose" by Lynn Bentley-Kemp  Archival Digital InkJet Printer on Epson Hot Press Bright Fine Art Paper
Martha's Child by Sandy Mezinis WaterColor on 140 Arches 19.2X25
The Future is Female by Jeane LaRance  Digital Image Transfer Metal & Birch Board

Mariel Boat Lift by Elizabeth Devries (R) & Standing Next (L) to is Collection KW's Karen Wray  Mixed Media 28X43X13  Fabricated from KW Wooden Shutters

She Rose from Sea Diamonds by Emma Starr  Layered Polaroid Film Emulsions Hand Worked onto Arches Huile Cotton Paper 9X9

More of "From a Woman's Hand Up Shortly"

Join the staff and board of Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys on Saturday, April 7 th. From 2 - 4pm at the Gardens Hotel for a Meet and Greet with Diana Nyad.  Diana is best remembered by folks in the Keys for her historic Cuba to Key West swim in 2013.  Diana, her partner Bonnie Stoll, and their group of volunteers from EverWalk, a new walking initiative, will be working alongside Habitat staff and homeowners on home repair projects in the Big Pine area every afternoon from April 2 nd - 6 th after their morning 10 mile walk.  Their week of volunteerism with Habitat will be recognized at this event. 
Entertainment will be provided by local favorites Raven Cooper, Claire Finley, and Megan Clay Constantine. Suggested donation at the door $10. (More if you can, less if you can't.) Cash Bar. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity's work towards affordable housing and critical home repair.
For more information about EverWalk, visit  everwalk.comFor information about Habitat, visit .  If you are interested with volunteering with Habitat, contact Susan Kent at  or 305-294-9006 ext. 3.


WWW.COLLECTIONSKEYWEST.COM 6810 Front St. Stock Island 305-923-4778
OLGA MANOSALVAS 3/89-4/8 Meet Olga 4/6 5-8P

Olga Manosalvas  "As I was saying....."   March 9th - April 8th.  Meet the Artist Friday, April 6th, 5-8pm.
Collections, Key West, 6810 Front Street, Stock Island  305-923-4778
Show to be paired with Lost Kitchen Supper Club's - tacos, tamales & tequila, contact for dinner information.

WWW.MOTE.ORG  WWW.MOTEOCEANFEST.ORG 305-745-2729 24244 OverSeas Hwy. Summerland Key

Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to announce its 8 thannual Ocean Fest taking place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at NOAA's Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and newly remodeled Truman Waterfront. Underwater and outdoor enthusiasts, eco-travelers and families are encouraged to celebrate the marine environment, explore conservation exhibits, view and purchase wares from local artists and vendors, experience touch tanks and listen to live music all while raising funds for coral reef research and restoration. The family-friendly event will showcase: 
Art activities led by renowned marine artist Wyland. Children's Fishing Clinics - Hosted by Boy Scouts of America, Florida National High Adventure Sea Base; the first 100 registrants receive a free rod & reel sponsored by Coastal Conservation Association Florida and a goodie bag sponsored by Tunaskin Aquatic Apparel. 
Beverages from Islamorada Beer Company & Papa's Pilar Rum. 
Live Music featuring Howard Livingston and the MM24 Band, Gerd Rube and Emily Springsteen. 
Live Radio Broadcasting from Pirate Radio. 
Face painting & caricatures, rock climbing, bounce house and slide. 
Free bucket rides by Keys Energy Services. 
Silent auction & raffles.
The event is presented by Mote and made possible by the Keys community including sponsors Protect Our Reefs, Publix Super Markets Charities, Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs and Margaritaville Resort & Marina.
For more information, or to register as a vendor or exhibitor, please visit 
  For more information, or to register as a vendor or exhibitor, please visit WWW.MOTEOCEANFEST.ORG
Part 1 "March for Our Lives" with about 1500 Attending. This was just one of 800 Planned Country Wide Events ; mostly from Young People Speaking out. The KWHS Students Organized this Nationally Covered event.

More Up Shortly
WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241 

Hydrangea by Elizabeth Chamberlain Oil 
Bird Envy By Gabrielle Wilson  Acrylic
Morning Sunrise by Neva Townsend  Oil
Key West Cottage by Deb Kik  Oil
Two Girls by Jane Gilbert  Acrylic
Stormy Seas by Thomas Avery Painted Wood
Nose Bump Acrylic on Macaw Feather
Keys Cruiser  Acrylic on Turkey Feather 
Casa Di Papa by Abigail White  Acrylic on Wood
Louies by Neva Townsend
More of Part 7 : Our On-Line Exhibition from the Artists of the Key West Art Center Up Shortly.  The April 9th. Issue will have a Lead Photo Feature from the 6th. Annual Associate Members Show that will be on display for many weeks.


Parts 2 & 3 Up Shortly
Our Featured On-Line Photographic Exhibitions in 2 Parts; starting last week; click March 26 to see those Photos . Here is Part 2 of 2 from a Local Photographer that shows at Guild Hall : Bob Slitzan

Bob Slitzan, photographer, joins Guild Hall Gallery.  Bob Slitzan has been a New York photographer for more than half a century. He now resides in Key West, Florida and has joined the Guild Hall Gallery at 614 Duval Street. His work has been exhibited at venues in New York and Key West. Some of his photography has been displayed and purchased at the Anne McKee Artists Fund auction for three years running. He is a member of The Florida Keys Council of the Arts and The Studios of Key West. Although Bob's art is eclectic, he loves shooting birds[sic] and landscapes. Bob's photography can be viewed at the Guild Hall Gallery and online at

Afternoon Clouds in Key West
First Key West Sunrise F
First Key West Sunrise E
First Key West Sunrise C
In the Clouds
The Beach at Ft. Zachery Taylor

We continue with Photographs by Bob Slitzan Up Shortly

 Ellen Cherry in Concert : Blue Heaven Songwriter Series
  You MUST see Ellen Perform ( even if it's Hundreds of Miles Away)

 Original songs, presented as portraits of amazing women, unveiled in historical order.
Watch Ellen Cherry introduce the project and discuss her inspiration and motivation for the project by clicking LINK2  Also Click LINK1  Sponsored by Key West Bed & Breakfast 

2014 at Lucky Street Gallery

2014 Concert at the TSKW Armory Building with Ben Harrison

From the 2018 Performance

From the 2018 Performance

The April 9 Issue will have a Photo Feature from Ellen Cherry's 2018 Concert at TSKW as Part of the Blue Heaven Songwriters Series


WWW.TSKW.ORG 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458

The April 5 First Thursday Reception / Exhibitions : (Top Left) Simone Lasswell & Janet Mueller in the Sanger Gallery.  (Top Right) Victoria (Tory) Mata & Toto in XOJ Gallery
 (Bottom Left) Esy Casey in the Project Gallery. (Bottom Right) Wayne Garcia in the Zabar Lobby. Click below Link for Detailed Info.
PLUS Click 
Link PLUS Click  E-Mail for their latest E-Mailer for the April First Thursday.

Nance Frank Champion of Cuban Artist for Decades Tells Us : Gallery on Greene Artist Wayne Garcia's Intaglios Come to Life at The Studios of Key West: Special Preview Party on April 5.
The public is invited to celebrate folk artist Wayne Garcia and his bas-relief woodcarving exhibit "Vintage Simonton Street: 1960s" with a special opening reception in the Zabar Lobby from 6:00pm -8:00pm. The exhibit features more than a dozen works that showcase the vivid particulars and street scenes based on the third-generation Cuban-American's childhood memories. A general contractor by trade for more than five decades, Garcia began carving his own Old Key West stories into wood after watching nationally celebrated folk artist Mario Sanchez at work in the early 80s. Garcia and his father were doing a week-long masonry and carpentry job for Sanchez's brother while Sanchez carved a street scene in his yard next door. Garcia engaged him with questions about his process, and in the following two decades, began his own efforts at storytelling through intaglio.   
In the late 90s, the two became reacquainted, and Garcia studied his style, learning how he transferred images from paper bags, and loosen oil paints with castor oil mixtures.  Today, Garcia uses these and many of the other tools, substrates, and methods Sanchez used: standard wood chisels purchased at the hardwood store, rubber or wood mallet, little pieces of pointy glass to smooth out the images, get into the little corners, and scrape the pine, mahogany, or cedar after carving instead of using sandpaper- "A trick I learned from Mario," he says. Garcia attributes many of the memories he captures to his 88-year-old mother and 98-year-old uncle, both born and still living in Key West. Through conversations, Garcia recalls stories of how Key West used to be, especially in the 60s as a child on Simonton Street, where his mother has lived since 1941, and transports himself through time and space to make his creations.  The resident artist at the Gallery on Greene since 2012 has lectured and demonstrated his work in New York City at the Sea Port Museum and in Havana Cuba at the Museum of Fine Arts, and will offer a Woodcut Relief workshop at The Studios of Key West on Saturday, April 7 from 10am to 4pm. 


WWW.KEYWESTGARDENCLUB.COM 1100 Atlantic Blvd. 305-294-3210
Jane sent over this info. and Regards to all : The Key West Garden Club will be having their last meeting of the 2017-18 season on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the Pavilion of the Garden in the Fort West Martello on Atlantic Blvd. in Key West. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Jeff Stotts of Key West. Jeff's topic will be, "Using Native Plants to Enhance Quality of Life". The use of native plantings is of interest to our garden club members, in particular, and they hope others will share in this interest.  Guests are always welcome at our meetings. For more information, contact Jane Tiedeman at 305-923-3820.


Part 1

Last week we Featured the Little White House Easter Egg Roll (More Adorable Kids)..Click Above

This week we are Featuring the 2018 11th Annual FKSPCA Spring Fling held at the KW Golf Course

One of Sean Callihan's favorite Subjects are Animals

George Fernandez (KW Butterfly & Nature Conservatory) Active in so many Organizations in Time and Funding
WWW.KEYWESTBUTTERFLY.COM 1316 Duval 305-296-2988

Jeff & Rosi behind those shade active in time and money with so many deserving organizations

More from Johnny and Caroline Up Shortly in Part 2 of their Gallery from the 2018 FKSPCA Spring Social

281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Key West Art & Historical Society Presents "Life Story: Two One-act Plays by Tennessee Williams" at The Studios of Key West
"Green Eyes"  and "The Traveling Companion," two rarely seen one-act Tennessee Williams plays, will culminate this year's 6-week Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration, with performances at 8:00pm Sunday, April 8th and Monday, April 9th in the Helmerich Theater at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street.
D irected by Key West writer and director Stephen Kitsakos, the plays are framed by a series of early poems penned by the great American playwright who was a resident of Key West from 1941 until his death in 1983. Both plays take place in hotel rooms, a frequent address for the playwright, and were originally drafted on stationery from a series of hotels including London's Savoy Hotel, The Berkeley in Knightsbridge and the Miami International Airport Hotel. The typewriter said to have been the instrument of this productivity is on display at the Tennessee Williams Museum, located at 513 Truman Avenue.
Cast from left: Alaina Albertson (NYC), Michael Catlege (NYC), Elena Devers (Key West), Jeff Johnson (Key West), Arthur Crocker (Key West)
"Green Eyes ," written in 1970, is a tale of a young couple on their honeymoon. After a drunken, violent night in a tawdry hotel in New Orleans, the wife narrates a tale to her husband, a Vietnam soldier with PTSD on leave for five days, in which she may or may not have experienced a life-altering erotic encounter. A psychosexual struggle ensues with a surprising climax. Due to Space Constraints Please call  to their Website /Facebook Locations for Complete Info.. Click TW1 for Additional Info..

Photo of Alaina Albertson & Michael Catlege by Mia Aguirre

Sponsored by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and the Bert Whitt Charitable Fund.  Tickets on sale at tickets are $50, general admission $40. For more information, visit call Society Director of Education Adele Williams at 305.295.6616 x 115.

Lucy Carleton,   dance instructor   
Paradise Health & Fitness Dance Studio
1706 N. Roosevelt Blvd.  Key West  FL 33040
305-296-6348 305-745-5578

Fridays & Wednesdays @7
   Salsa Dance Lessons with Lucy & Friends
   & maybe a little salsa rueda too!
   All levels  ~  we love newbies!  ~  $8
   Drop in class, no partner needed


Dir. of Ops Rebecca Zehr and her Staff send regards and tell us : 
UWFK is offering free tax preparation assistance for qualifying taxpayers in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Keys.  Taxpayers can get personal assistance at a VITA location, or can use the free online service at 

The tax deadline is approaching quickly, and we want to ensure that everyone knows about these free tax prep services.  Attached are 4 press releases, each geared to a specific area of the Keys.  Please considering sharing the information about these tax prep options with your readers/listeners.  

WWW.BUTLERDESIGNSTUDIO.COM 612 Fleming St. 305-393-2942
The Monthly Networking Event PLUS Book Signing from Carrie Jo Howe WWW.CARRIEJOHOWE.COM
 Click the   March 26 Red Link to see Last Week's Feature


Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Receives NOAA/IOOS Stamp of Approval. Click GCOOS for Info.

33 East Quay Rd 305-809-4750
A short note ; and not really sure of what link to go to ; excpet call the Disc. Ctr.. on April 5 Matthew and Julie Invite you to join them for a reception for their art and their new book "Blue Fold"  I do believe it has something to do with the National Parks and the Dry Tortugas

 1204 White St. 305-294-3973
Current Exhibition Featuring Susan Sugar & Cathy Rose


Mystery Fest Key West Announces 2018 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition-Entry Deadline April 15
Key West, Florida Keys -- Mystery Fest Key West has announced a call for entries for this year's Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Fest Key West 2018 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights, meals and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 22-24 in Key West, Florida.
Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, candidates wishing to compete are invited to submit the first three pages (maximum 750 words) of a finished, but unpublished manuscript to  no later than April 15, 2018. There is no fee to enter, finalists will be notified by May 1, and will have until May 10 to submit full manuscripts.
"Why just the first three pages? That criterion is a nod to late author Jeremiah Healy, a terrific mystery writer and great judge of mysteries," says Mystery Fest Key West co-founder Shirrel Rhoades. "Healy often said a book either captures a reader in the first three pages...or it doesn't. The competition judges all agreed with that assessment, and decided to use it as a yardstick for the competition."

Due to Space Constraints could not get in all the material on this event ; please go to above sites for More Info..

 WWW.GALLERYONGREENE.COM 606 Greene St. 305-294-1669 . The April 9th. Issue will have a Photo Feature of the Reception and an On-Line Art Exhibition from Mike Rooney. Of course go to Nance's Gallery before the April 9th. Issue comes out.


WWW.REDBARNTHEATRE.COM 319 Duval St. 305-296-9911
Native Gardens 3/20-4/7
Cry it Out April 17-5/5


WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609


Current Exhibition Gabriella Fiabane, John Whitney, & Christos Calivas


WWW.KEYWESTGALLERY.COM 305-292-9339 601 Duval St.
Meet Adam Scott Rote
Friday, April 20, 2018  to- Sunday, April 22, 2018
Meet the Artist 11am-2pm and 7-10pm Daily. Adam Rote will paint live in the gallery and unveil his newest series inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe who was an American photographer, known for his sensitive yet blunt treatment of controversial subject-matter in the large-scale, highly stylized black and white medium of photography.
RSVP today / 305-292-9339


AQUA IDOL Finale 3/27 PLUS GO TO their Weekly Section Further Down for Info. on their Plays.
Part 2 "March for Our Lives" with about 1500 Attending. This was just one of 800 National Planned events ; mostly from Young People Speaking out. The KWHS Students Organized this Nationally Covered event.

Part 3 Up Shortly


WWW.KWLS.ORG 717 Love Lane 305-293-9291

The application deadline for the  has been extended. We will continue to review new applications on a rolling basis.

Participating students will spend five days exploring Key West and learning about authors who have lived and worked here through readings, excursions, and site-specific writing exercises. Daily writing workshops will be taught by acclaimed author Victor LaValle, a member of the writing faculty at Columbia University, whose most recent novel, The Changeling, was selected as one of the ten best books of 2017 by USA Today and Time magazine. Funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Young Writers Studio is free for all accepted applicants and is open to writers or would-be writers throughout Monroe County. Lean More Hit Red Link Above


Here ' s comes the TWO of CUPS trio  with singer extraordinaire  Claire Caplan guitarist Ben Osborne, & drummerskippo.  We'll be at Virgilio's on Tuesday April 10th from 9pm, & SALUTE at Higgs Beach,  on Friday April 6th@6pm,  getting down with jazzy soul, funky latin, rock, & pop dance classics.  Expect to hear lotsa Amy Winehouse, plus  Fleetwood Mac, Al Green, Dolly Parton, Sam Cooke, Chick Corea samba, & some kitch 60's stuff like  Dionne Warwick, Ruby & Romantics classics,   'Boots' by Nancy Sinatra, &  even, Hello Dolly!!  Don't miss these last few chances to catch Claire & Ben in ensemble gigs,  before they head back to St. Louis.  Virgilio's is at 524 Duval, (rear) .  Call 296-1075 for more info. 
On Saturday April 7th @5:15 pm,  the CRZBs Consort (instrumental) band plays Salute restaurant, on the sunset patio at Higgs Beach. Featuring Joe Dallas- acoustic bass, Mark Rose- saxes/flute, Chris Burchard- guitar & skippo- drums, the Consort  will perform a mix  of classic jazz, funk/ fusion, Brazilian,  plenty of originals , & some Metheney, Herbie, Chick, Jarrett,  & Scofield tunes.  Call 292-1117 for more info.

ALSO SKIPPER KRIPITZ AND CRZB'S at Salute on the Beach 4/6

WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St. 305-985-0433

(Formerly Called FAVOR)
April 21 Earth Day

Frangipani is pleased to present new creations by Deb Moore, Deb Kik and Marc Hacker at the First Friday Art Stroll on Upper Duval April 6, 6-8 PM, 1102 Duval, Key West.  Deb Kik has a fresh new series of drawings done with ink and melted crayon, Deb Moore has new paintings and Marc Hacker has some exciting new Manta Ray Vases in the kiln. Show runs through April.

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281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Part 2 From "A Woman's Hand" at the Custom House

You Know My Name by Susan Guardagno  Digital Drawing on Cottonwood 12X6
Circus at the Edge of Water Acrylic on Canvas 30X30
Grabbing The Brass Ring (Vessel Series) by Lauren McAloon Stoneware Ceramics, Black Mirror , Brass & Rubber 18X6X5

Chaste by Sally Wernicoff  Green Alabaster

Beach by Karen Beauprie WaterColor 20X16

(L) Artist Paula Cooper (R) Karen Beauprie

Progression on Light by Joanne Klein Aluminum on Graphite 8X8
More "From A Woman's Hand" at the KWAHS Custom House in Part 3 of 3 in the April 9 Issue

Part 2

Photos by MCSO's Adam Linhardt

More Up Shortly
Part 2

EQFL's Evie Evers

PNC Bank's Arthur Livingston

CEO and Co-Founder of EQFL Nadine Smith
(L) Evie Evers Local KW EQFL contact, Social Media Guru Giancarlo Espinosa & from the USGC Scott Perygo

More Equality Florida's "2018 Celebration"

614 Duval St. 305-296-6076

Sunset Lighhouse
First Key West Sunrise A
Shrimping on a Windy Day
USS Portland LPD27
Cruise Ship
Sunset Key Dock
Thanks Bob Slitzan; go to the Guild Hall Gallery at 614 Duval to see many of his Photographs in person.
WWW.GUILDHALLGALLERYKW.COM 614 Duval St. 305-296-6076

Part 5
Commissioner Margaret Romero held a Community Meeting Last Month. The Commissioner now gives us detailed information from the Meeting.  Due to Space constraints We'll Insert the Re-Cap over a few Weeks : Part 1 was in the March 5 Issue
 Part 2 in the March 12th Issue ;
Part 3 in March 19th Part 4 was in March 26

 It was generally agreed that people like to support activities for our youth and would continue to support green space in parks and fields for those activities.
  However, the topic of Art In Public Places returned - specifically not requiring a nonprofit to pay their 1% Art In Public Places fee for new construction, as well as the city having paid that organization's permit fees.
  The consensus of the attendees was that while it might seem okay on the surface, it was sending the city down a slippery slope and that in the future, other nonprofit organizations would want the same concessions. The  vast majority of those in attendance were not in favor of such a trend.
  Those in attendance basically agreed that there seems to be more and more nuisance noise - everything from beeping scooter horns to visitors utilizing vacation rentals. There was also concern raised from those who live in close proximity to bars and restaurants. This pertained to what they could do for needed enforcement and compliance in their area.
  At this point I gave the group the number to call for such nuisances. If it is a noise complaint, the  name  of  the person filing the complaint does need to be given. For other code compliance concerns a name does not need to be given.  The number to reach code  compliance 305-809-3740 or during evening hours, call the police  non-emergency number of 305-809-1000 and ask that the call be given to a code compliance officer.
 I will be happy to send the specifics regarding the unreasonably excessive noise prohibitions to anyone who would like me to send them to you.


Current Exhibition
WWW.GILDEA.GALLERY 305-797-6485 522 Southard St.
Nancy Tankersley and Jean Pederson

Nancy Tankersley

Jean Pederson


WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG 808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
Peter Arnow and the Key West Business Guild sent us this Flyer; always a fun event
A Few events from KWBG further down in their Weekly Section

Join in celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the State of Israel as the South Florida Symphony Orchestra wraps up its highly successful 20th Anniversary 2017-2018 Season.  Symphony Founder|Music Director Sebrina Maria Alfonso, a Key West native, presents the United States premiere of exuberant, inventive composer Nimrod Borenstein's 
If You Will It, It Is No Dream , taking the audience back to the early days of establishing the Jewish National Home.  Cuban  Guest Artist, formidable virtuoso Aldo L ó pez-Gavil á n makes a stellar Symphony debut  playing Maurice Ravel's emotional  Piano Concerto in G expressing  his self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman .  The Symphony completes the program and the season 
with Hector Berlioz's spectacular
Symphonie Fantastique.   Do  not to delay in getting your $25-$85  tickets
 for the 7:30 p.m. concert on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Tennessee Williams Theatre. Call 305-295-767 WWW.KEYSTIX.COM


Important Note : Good Friend Gracy Lozano from Keys Lifestyle Marketing has this awesome Website that gives an Amazing and Extensive Listing of Events in Key West. Click the website below and check it out.

Here are just a few Categories; many way to look Up : Day, Month, Year, Category 305-440-059

Next meeting 12:30pm Monday April 2 at the Key West Library. Topic : Sustainable Building Practices

281 Front St. 305-295-6616

The iconic National Historic Landmark located at 281 Front Street is getting a long-awaited facelift, with the same master mason who was tasked with the work more than 25 years ago, when the Custom House was leased to  Key West Art & Historical Society  for use as a museum and required a full restoration.
For the last three weeks, armed with hand and pneumatic chisels, a mallet, and an air hammer, master masonry carver Randall Nelson has carefully replicated and repaired the intricate designs of the 127-year-old Richardsonian Revival building to recreate the feel of the past.
The original 9-year, 9-million-dollar restoration project spearheaded by The Society with the help of late philanthropist Scotti Merrill and the island community in 1992 was daunting but necessary. Once a touchstone for the island's lucrative trade routes and maritime industries as well as government offices, it had fallen into derelict condition after decades of abandonment. While masonry efforts began during the original restoration, the job was never completed due to fund depletion.
With the foresight and dedication of the organization's current administration, the final phase of the long-awaited masonry restoration actually began more than 18 months ago, and included the manufacture of molds made from existing tile and bricks as well as full analysis of original mortar samples which were identified by David Salay and Bert Bender of Bender & Associates architects, P.A., and Kelly Perkins and Enid Torregrosa from the City of Key West's Historic Architectural Review Commission (HARC) in order to match the color and texture of the newly manufactured mortar to the old.
Alvaro Cruz of Lakeland, FL, tools a fresh mortar joint with a custom made bead jointer, which leaves a decorative bead in the center of the mortar joint, for a newly installed guardrail. (Photo by Nick Olson, courtesy Specialty Property Services, Inc.)

Working from a scaffold at the Custom House Museum, master masonry carver Randall Nelson chisels the square corner of a new capital stone to match the round column on which it sits. Repairing and replacing the historic building's masonry work is this the fourth of a six-phase restoration project proposed by the building's original restoration architect, Bert Bender of Bender and Associates Architects, P.A. (Photo by Carol Tedesco)e .  Photo by Carol Tedesco
More from the KWAHS ; and their upcoming events up shortly in their weekly section
Part 3 of EQFL's 2018 Annual Celebration at the Truman Little White House

Part 2 of 2 from the 2018 EQFL Annual "Celebration" will be in the April 9th. Issue
Part 3 of "March for Our Lives"

Great Job Key West High School Students as well as other Schools and Adults Involved. I'm sure this is just the beginning of many events that WILL / MUST  Bring a Change.

 830 Fleming St. Gallery Manager Laura Richardson . Go to the website for information about the current Exhibition from Marlene Koenig and Lenny Addorisio

Marlene Konig

Lenny Addorisio

The March 12 Issue had lots of Photos of their works..A Few are Up Shortly. Go to the March 12 Link for the Feature I did on this Exhibition Plus Click March 19 for Photos of the Reception The Exhibition will be All Month; Plus Salt Island has very cool merchandise ; perfect for Key West Gift Giving.

Harrison Gallery
WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White St. 305-294-0609


Our Last 15 Issues ; These Links Below are Created by my Production, Database Management & Delivery System : Constant Contact.  By Clicking any of them; you will Instantly see the Issue ; they don't get stored on your computer; Just put Temporarily in Memory.

Part 2 of Pt. 7 Our Tour of the Artists of the Key West Art Center
  WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM 301 Front St. 305-294-1241

After the Storm by Abigail Wilson  Acrylic
Blue  Shutter by Gabrielle Wilson  Acrylic
Pink Cat Hat by Pam Hobbs  Acrylic
Flaming Feathers by Maggie Ruley  Acrylic . Maggie and Fellow Artists have a Boutique Gallery "Island Creations" on 933B Fleming St. 305-304-1013
Ordinary Life by Carrie Disrud  Mixed Media on Linen
Louis Backyard by Helen Kordon  Acrylic
Through the Leaves by Susann D'Antonio
Banana Flower by Joan Cox  Acrylic

We Continue with Part 8 of our Tour of the Artists of the Key West Art Center in the April 9th. Issue + Photos of the Associate Member's Show probably hanging all of April

WWW.TSKW.ORG 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458

Our raffle brings together four uniquely fabulous prizes - including incredible art created by prominent Key West artists or a dream 4 night stay in Key West AMBROSIO GUESTHOUSE   and gives you a 1 in 100 chance of winning one of the four, all while supporting The Studios of Key West! You have up to April 27 to enter.

Four winners will be drawn, and each winner will choose one prize 
(The first drawn winner will have first choice of prize, the second drawn winner will have second choice of prize, etc...)  Click these Links for More Info on the AMBROSIO GUESTHOUSE and  

The Weekly Section from the TSKW is Up Shortly with Much Info. on their Exhibitions /Classes / & Events

Will be doing another Feature on the Works of Hazel Griffths in either the April 9th.or 16th Issue  : Here are 4 Sneak Preview Photos. 
The One Piece Below is from Luis Valle; all others from Hazel Griffiths

Thanks again Hazel; Great Exhibition at Gildea Fine Contemporary Art Gallery a few months ago.

Jim Salem
 Cocco and Salem Gallery
WWW.COCCOANDSALEM.COM 1111Duval St. 305-292-0072

Thanks Jim
Part 3 of "Easter on the F arm" from the MCSO Animal Farm

Photos by MCSO's Adam Linhardt

  5230 College Rd. 305-294-4857
This Issue will has a Photo Gallery from WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST.COM  from the 2018 Spring Social

Allison Rich, 
Sr. Library Assistant, 
Monroe County Public Library, 
700 Fleming Street, 
Key West, FL  33040, 
The Key West Library at 700 Fleming Street is offering free workshops on various computer topics in April. Each class can hold 10 students, and registration is required.  Classes start at 10 AM.  Call to reserve your spot today! 305-292-3595. 

Thursday April 12th Windows Laptop Basics - Learn how to use a laptop computer mouse and keyboard, learn about settings, and even how to turn the laptop computer on in this Windows Laptop basics course.  Bring any questions you may have.    Thursday April 19 th  IPhone Basics and Overdrive - Learn what Overdrive is and how to download the app on your Apple device.   We'll have you reading E-books and E-audio books in no time. Remember to bring your device, library card and iTunes account information.      Thursday April 26 th  IPad Basics and Overdrive - Learn what Overdrive is and how to download the app on your Apple device.   We'll have you reading E-books and E-audio books in no time. Remember to bring your device, library card and iTunes account information.    


The nonprofit USCGC Ingham Museum at the Truman Annex Waterfront Park will be open for sunset each Wednesday at 5 p.m. with bingo onboard after dark. For information, call 305-292-5072 or email 


WWW.KEYWESTORTHOPEDICS.COM 305-295-9797 3485 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 

April 23 5pm at Salute on the Beach "Call for Candidates"
Here is the Link for their Donation Page ; DONATE

Hometown's! Call for Candidates.  The  Best  of Local 2018 Elections!


 1st Place Winning Painting from the Florida Keys Watercolor Society 's Annual exhibition 
 "After Irma" Watercolor 140 Arches 23 x 28 Sandy Mezinis

The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends uses WWW.CONSTANTCONTACT.COM for Production, Database Management, and Delivery. They are GREAT. Their Customer Support and On-Line Q&A are Second to None. 781-482-8911
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 Zazoo has an  Amazing Collection of Photos & Art on Iconic Movie Stars, Sports Figures, Famous Photographers. You Can spend Hours in Zazoo and everything is Very Inexpensive for these Rare Originals / Copies. 

WWW.ZAZOOARTGALLERY.COM 622 Duval St. 305-294-8925 
The March 26 Issue had Blue Springsteen photos from Photographer David Denenberg. Click the March 26 Issue Link The April 9th or 16th Issue will have about 12 Photos / Art  at Zazoo


WWW.WESLEYHOUSE.ORG 305-809-5000  1304 Truman Ave.
Jeremy Wilkerson Media Relations
Kick- Off For The Conch Republic Royal Family
Always had a desire to be a ROYAL?  Unable to attend the Royal wedding in May?   You can become a member of the Royal Family of the Conch Republicand assist children in the Florida Keys. Attending the Conch Republic Royal Family Kick off on Friday, April 6th at Side Bar and find out how easy it is to become part of a Royal Family
All imaginable ranks and positions are allowed (except King), that belongs to Mel Fisher. Feel free to be creative with your title.
Candidates will raise money in the weeks leading up to Investiture.
The money raised by the Conch Republic Royal Family is used to purchase those items for foster children which are not covered; every child should have the opportunity to do, Prom Dress, Sports Equipment, Musical Instruments, Extracurricular Activates, etc.
When: April 6, 2018, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Side Bar located at 504 Angela (just off Duval)
Contact: Claire Hiller, , 305-809-5000

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Wesley House Family Services - Key Largo - 99451 Overseas Hwy
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

April is Child Abuse Awareness month! C ome join us for the first Prevention Day in the Keys. The 2018 Pinwheels for Prevention Tour rolls into the Florida Keys to help bring awareness of the things being done in this community to help develop resilience and build protective capacities.  There will be a Kid's Activity Area, Free Bike Helmets, Popcorn, Snow Cones, Fire Department, Sheriff and the K-9 unit.  The event is completely FREE. By working together as a community, we all can play a part in promoting children's emotional well-being and strengthening families.



Thanks George and Staff for another Outstanding Season of Brilliant Entertainment


Up Shortly Updated Schedule of Concerts and Special Events


Click MOTE1 for a Special Year End E-Newsletter Looking Back at ALL 12 months of Very Informative. PLUS
April 14 at Eco Discovery Center  OCEANFEST

Click MOTE325 for the Latest E-Mail Newsletter

A new bipartisan bill introduced in U.S. Congress this month encourages a science-based approach to significantly reduce the overfishing and unsustainable trade of sharks, rays and skates around the world and prevent shark finning. More by Clicking above Red Link.


712 Duval St. 305-440-2179 11A-11P
 "Best Hush Puppies & New England Clam Chowder in the South; & the Angle Hair Pasta with Lump Crab in a Cream Sauce is amazing; plus their Peel N Eat Shrimp are by far always the tastiest The Keys.  


  533 Eaton St. 305-320-0208
Part of WWW.TSKW.ORG  Contact Mia Clement 

The 2018 Winter In-Season Book and Books ; as well as Book Store Events came to CLOSE last Week. Also Friends of the KW Library Library and The In House KW Library Events came to a CLOSE. I just want to repeat what I've Included in the past few Issues :
Thank Mia for the Outstanding work you, Emily, Judy, Allison Rich, Michael Nelson and Tom Hambright do for bringing Amazing Literary Events to KW.  Of course Thanks to the rest of the Monroe County Library Staff and of course KW Friends of the Library
Here was a Pop Up Book Signing with Arlo Haskell President of WWW.KWLS.ORG 

"Photos of the Week" by Executive Contributing Editor Peter Arnow
Volunteers Help with 20th Anniversary Equality Florida Gala
Norma Gilmore, Dee Johnson, and Trip Calk volunteer to help put on this year's highly successful Equality Florida Gala at the Little Truman White House. Photo by Pete Arnow.
Grandparents March for Gun Control
Grandparents had a strong message in the Key West March For Our Lives Parade. Photo by Pete Arnow.

Cathy and Jim Stenzel Honored by Equality Florida
Cathy and Jim Stenzel were the honorees at this year's Equality Florida Key West Gala for their work with the organization in donating and raising funds for a number of years.  They announced a $20,000 challenge grant at the event. Photo by Pete Arnow.
Key West Successful March For Our Lives
Key West certainly did its part in providing a highly successful March For Our Lives Parade down Duval Street.  The turnout was above what was expected and was one of 800 such parades across the US and the world. Photo by Pete Arnow


Reading of Short Plays
Written by Toby Armour
Directed by Karen Leonard
April 6 - 7pm . Location TBD

We're partnering with the Key West Arts & Historical Society to present  a free reading of some of the short plays of our own Toby Armour's plays. These plays focus on the lives and losses of people caught in the struggle of the Civil War. The evening will also include period music and a facilitated Q&A.

"Conch Republic Re-Visited" April 19-28.  Of Course ; If you Live in KW ; you Must see this very entertaining Play; if not just for the History of a Most Famous Incident Heard Round the world.

305-296-6196 1434 Kennedy Dr.


 1100 Simonton St.#3


5210 College Road 
Part 2
Johnny White & Caroline are always so nice in sharing their Photo Galleries with Us.  Hit their Gallery Link to see many Photo Galleries
at the Truman Little White House

Thanks Johnny & Caroline for providing our readers with Great Year Round Photo Galleries to Enjoy; as well as Providing ALL of  the Keys with a Great Calendar of Events Everyday. 


Next April 8 at 1111 Eaton St. at The Restaurant Store

Key West Artisan Market: Culinary and Wine Edition is This Sunday


WWW.KWBGONLINE.ORG  808 Duval St. 305-294-4603
Next Luncheon April 4th..
 KW Harbour Yacht Club 6000 Peninsular Ave. Stock Island.Guests Kelly Conklin-Powell Reg. Dir. of Hurricane Preparedness for Business . Also Sister Season Presentation. Next Mixer April 11 Mangoes 700 Duval Street. Hit this LINK1 for Direct Reg. to the Luncheon 


WWW.FKCC.EDU 5901 College Rd. 305-296-9081

Future students will meet faculty, staff, and current students and learn about academic and career training programs.  Additional information shared will include: financial aid and scholarship opportunities; learning support resources; and student clubs and activities. 
The Key West Campus Open House will feature a campus tour with stops along the way that exhibit each college program followed by lunch.  FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra will host a "President to Parent" talk with family members about guiding and supporting soon-to-be college students. 
The regular $30 application fee will be waived for those who attend one of the events.  Future students are asked to R.S.V.P. at  For more information, contact FKCC Recruiter Daphne Olsen at 305-809-3207 or


WWW.LKMC.COM 5900 College Rd. 305-294-5531

Click E-NEWSLETTER for their very informative E-Newsletter

This Months Reef Relief E-Newsletter can be seen with this Link 



Neil Chamberlain and Staff Send Greetings


WWW.SANCTUARYFRIEDNS.ORG  55500 Overseas Hwy. Marathon 305-289-2288


Florida Keys Council of the Arts  1100 Simonton St. 305-295-4369 


The April 9 Issue will  have a Photo Feature from Last Weekends "Jump Up" Event


WWW.GARDENSHOTEL.COM 526 Angela St. 305-294-2661
Every Sunday Sunday, 5:30- 8, Jazz in the Gardens
Wednesday, April 4, James King III, 5-7pm
Thursday, April 5, Megan Constantine, 5-7pm
Friday, April 6, Michael Robinson, 5-7pm
Saturday, April 7, Jimmy Olson 5-7pm
Also, Habitat for Humanity's fundraiser
with Diana Nyad, 2-4 pm Great music and information!

Also, Habitat for Humanity's fundraiser with Diana Nyad, 2-4pm**
Jazz In The Gardens
Sunday April 1 Peter Diamond and Friends
Sunday,  April 8, Libby York & Friends

WWW.CFFK.ORG 305-292-1502
300 Southard St. #201

Click GRANTS-AWARDS 1 for Complete List


Michael and Heather Barnes at Manga-Manga send regards
900 Southard Street 305-294-2469

Or Sit Outside on their Spacious Patio

WWW.KEYWESTWILDLIFECENTER.ORG 1801 White St. 305-292-1008 

Thanks Tom, Peggy and Staff / Supporters /Board for the Amazing Job you do in Helping our Wild Friends.
We'll Have A Photo Feature of the KW Wildlife Center in the April 9th. Issue

WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 512 Eaton St. 305-985-0433

April 20

June 1 Patty Smyth & Scandal
John Waters December 16

For additional Info on their concerts & events ; Click Link here for their Latest E-Newsletter with Updated Info. Click TWT7

Just a Partial Listing Go on their website for Complete
4/1/18 John Sebastian 
4/5/18 Keller Williams
4/7/18 Jimmie Vaughan
4/15/18 The Sunday Ramble
4/29/18 Kevin Nealon 
5/19/18 Carbon Leaf
5/26/18 Howie Mandel (6:30pm & 9:30pm) 
11/15/18 Thunder From Down Under (7pm & 10pm) 
4/4 by the Key West HS Drama Club

May 17 Blue Oyster Cult & Styx at the KW Amphitheater at the Truman Annex

TICKETS ON SALE and can be purchased at the Key West Theater box office at 512 Eaton St or online at
Key West Theater presents
4.15.18 The Sunday Ramble. 
4.21.18 Earth Day Jam with That Hippe Band
Rams Head presents :  5.14.18 Steve Earle & The Dukes
Broadway Backwards to Benefit KWHS Drama Club

On April 4th at the Key West Theater, favorite Key West performers sing Broadway songs originally written for the opposite gender in "Broadway Backwards" to benefit the Key West High School Drama Club's upcoming musical.

Juliet Gray, Abigail Houff, Victoria Martin, Chad Newman, Laura Richardson, Adam Sweitzer, and Alexandra Zeto are just a few of the performers who will prove gender doesn't matter, but love does as they explore and embrace the great songs of musical theater with a twist: the men sing songs intended for women and vice versa without changing pronouns. The one-night-only event will feature songs from a wide variety of beloved musicals including "Hamilton," "The Little Mermaid," "Kinky Boots," My Fair Lady," and "Rent," to name a few. All proceeds from "Broadway Backwards" will benefit the Key West High School Drama Club & Key West Theater production of "Legally Blonde, Jr," this coming May.  "Broadway Backwards," at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street on April 4th at 7pm is sponsored by Gilded Peach and Salt Island Provisions. For tickets, call (305) 985-0433 or visit

WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM 305-304-6882 Owners / Editors Naja & Arnaud Girard
Hit this Link for some of the Great Videos :
Click Below

Click the Blue Paper Link for these Articles Below + Many Additional

"Affordable Housing" : Are the Wolves at the Gate?
Why Pay for Something Free 
The Unbearable Dumbness of the FDOT with Apologies to Milan Kundera "The UnBearable Lightness of Being"

City of Key West About toe "Sell Out" Local Art and Artists
"Undying Love, A Key West Musical" Premieres at TSKW


AnnaMarie Giordano's Life Drawing Workshops at Fort East Martello on Tuesdays 11a-2pm.  No Minimum Amount of Classes Needed.    Feel free to Call AG at 609-884-3474 and or . Model Positions Available.


Their Monthly E-Mailer & Feature on their website "Keys Traveler" has a Tremendous Amount of Information.
Here is the March "Keys Traveler" E-Newsletter Link ; Hit
MARCH 2018 for their March Keys Traveler. 
Top Stories

Every Tuesday Night Until March 27 AQUA IDOL ; Of Course at AQUA Nightclub 711 Duval 305-294-0555
Ave Q 3/27-4/14
The Legend of Georgia McBride 5/2-26


 855-378-6386  (855-3-SUNFUN)
Direct Booking from Sunset Watersports Key West on All Above Plus so Many Additional Packages Hit BOOKING INFO .  

 WWW.TSKW.ORG 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458 

FIRST THURSDAY ; CLICK LINK APRIL5 for extensive details from the TSKW Page
Simone Lasswell & Janet Mueller, Victoria Mata, Esy Casey and Wayne Garcia
Thu Apr 5, 6-8pm. Click Blue E-Mail for the Latest E-Mail Campaign on April's FIRST THURSDAY

Friends new and old are invited to join us for each month's First Thursdays open house event, when we keep our lights on late and throw our doors open to celebrate the newest work in our galleries.

(Top Left) "Woman" Simon Lasewell & Janet Mueller Sanger Gallery. (Top Right) "Where are You" by Tory (Victoria) Mata XOJ Gallery (Bottom Left) Showcasing Video Work Esy Casey in the Zabar Project Gallery. (Bottom Right) "Vintage Simon Street 1960's" by Wayner Garcia in 2nd. Fl. Zabar Lobby. 


APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR ARTISAN STUDIO SPACE ; Click this Link for the Complete Info. and Application

 Applications are being accepted now through Friday, April 13 for three or more studios at The Studios of Key West's home at 533 Eaton Street, with a targeted move in date for artists of June 1, 2018. Our Studio Artists breathe life into The Studios 24/7, participate in monthly First Thursday Open Studios, and find themselves at the epicenter of Key West's vibrant art scene. Studios range from 108-190sf and $216-$380/month, with plenty of daylight, 24 hour access, common kitchen and clean up facilities. One year leases are renewable for up to three years, at which time artists can apply for an additional three years.
Click    TSKW12 & TSKW13 Link for their Latest E-Newsletters giving ALL the Updated Schedule of Classes, Events, & Exhibitions

(L) First Monday of Each Month "Open Critics Group 6PM
(R) M-Wed. 6/25-27 4-6p Lucy McKeon Writing About Art

Green Parrot  Bingo Every Monday to Help Fund TSKW
  You can join, renew, or give another gift here:

Glass Casting
 Cheryl Wilson-Smith
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Monday April 4, 5, 6, 9, 10am-2pm

Go through the steps of creating a large scale glass casting. Create a clay model, form a plaster mold, measure and fill the mold and fire the glass. A rare opportunity to try your hand at larger scale glasswork. Sponsored by Wanderlust


"Hampton's Art & Culture"

The 3 Big Arts Organizations in the Hamptons LI NY are below. Of course just like Key West; there are so many Art Galleries on the East End of LI and as we did for the 2016 / 2017 Issues; The Blast visits and Presents their Art.  Thanks for the Positive Feedback; especially from Keys Art Gallery Owners and Artists that enjoys seeing what their Artistic Community is presenting.

Iris Ornig on Monday Nights Hosting Jazz at Kitano 8-11pm  66 Park Ave. at 38th. St. NYC.. Thanks Iris for Keeping your Key West and Southampton Fans Up to Date. Check her Facebook Page

GUILD HALL 158 Main St. East Hampton, NY 11937 631-324-0806 WWW.GUILDHALL.ORG
SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER 25 Jobs Ln Southampton, NY, 11968 631-283-0967
PARRISH ART MUSEUM 279 Montauk Hwy. Water Mill, NY, 11976

37A Main Street  East Hampton NY 631-329-4516.  



281 Front St. 305-295-6616

Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series presents Spanish-American War history:   On Thursday, April 5, join Key West Art & Historical Society and  military historian Frederic Borch III at  the Old City Hall on Greene Street as he shares "The Spanish-American War of 1898: Its Impact on the World, the United States, and Key West" during the next Distinguished Speaker Series presentation. Tickets available at ; $5 for KWAHS members, $10 for non-members-advanced ticket purchase is recommended.  Sponsored in part of the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Helmerich Trust. For more information, contact  Adele Williams , Director of Education, at 305.295.6616, x115.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

David Johnson working on his "Peace Train"
Papio Entry

 Nation's Kinetic Parade Craze Hits Key West with Third Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade Set for May 5
Key West has long been known for its kinetic energy, but on Saturday, May 5 at 5:00pm, it's about to become quite literal when the Third Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade rolls through downtown Key West with its cavalcade of art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculptures, and art bikes, ending at the waterfront amphitheater for "Cinco de Papio Family-Friendly Party," a three-hour festival of food, games, libations, and live music fun. The Parade and festival celebrate creativity and innovation while honoring Stanley Papio, a Florida Keys' pioneering folk artist whose recycled metal sculptures teem with a clever sense of satire, tenacity, and innovation- key ingredients in kinetic parades across the country.
The first Kinetic Sculpture Race rolled down the road in 1969 in Ferndale, California, and later grew to include national cutting-edge race events in Humbolt, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Port Townshend. Since then, many communities have joined the kinetic craze, offering their own variation of these floats-with-moving-parts-parades. Kinetic-inspired dream machine creators spend months designing and building their sculptures, then must complete a course over terrain that varies from muddy roads to swift-flowing rivers. 
Key West Art & Historical Society, steward to the island's cultural heritage, took the region's laid-back attitude and rebel ingenuity into account when kicking off its own Parade in May 2016, eliminating the "race" component from the mix but adding the element of "art bikes" for the town known for its pedaling revelers.  Arising from a long-percolating idea of former KWAHS staff member Gerri Sidoti, which won the support of a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge grant-which rewards the best and most innovative ideas in the arts-and the additional support of the Helmerich Trust, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade was set in motion. DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS WE HAD TO EDIT DOWN ABOUT 1/2 OF THE ORIGINAL WONDERFUL E-MAIL SENT TO US..Go to their sites for Complete Info.

Historic Tours of America Join Papio's Pals for Kinetic Parade Education Outreach and Artist Stipends with Sponsorship
Historic Tours of  America has joined Key West Art & Historical Society's growing sponsorship program of "Papio's Pals" with a $2,500 donation towards artist stipends and artist-in-schools programs for the third annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade. More than eight teams of artists and four groups of public school students assisted by adult artists in STEAM explorations will work towards the creation of their kinetic sculpture floats for the May 5 parade.
The cavalcade of human-powered, mobile sculptures and art bikes, and the post-parade Cinco de Papio Family-Friendly Party festival ending at the waterfront amphitheater celebrate creativity and innovation while honoring Stanley Papio, a Florida Keys' pioneering folk artist whose recycled metal sculptures teem with a clever sense of satire, tenacity, and innovation.
With the help of generous businesses and individuals like Historic Tours of America and a $2,000 donation from Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, the Society continues its tradition of supporting artist and school awardees with sponsorships that help propel them forward to roll their clever creations down Duval Street on Saturday, May 5 at 5:00pm with other registered kinetic sculpture float and art bike entrants. 
Participating artists and schools can apply for a limited number of sponsorships and scholarships by visiting for proposal submission information and guidelines. Selection is made on concepts of kinetics, creativity, and recycling, with wit, wheels, welding, and wire weighing in. A float that is human powered is the only necessary requirement.
To sponsors artists, artist teams, and school groups with a tiered "Papio's Pals" sponsorship program, contact Shawn Cowles at 305-295-6616 x 111.

 Fort Adventures Program for Toddlers & Parents Continue at Fort East Martello

Key West Art & Historical Society continues its weekly educational playdate program at Fort East Martello every Tuesday and Thursday through May from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  The program celebrates hands-on, inquiry-based learning while inviting children and parents to explore the Fort and its artifacts, dioramas, and immersive exhibits.  MORE INFO. IN THE APRIL 2ND ISSUE AND/OR TO THEIR WEBSITE NOW.
1,000 bricks, 200 terracotta tiles, two pallets of mortar, and approximately five tons of stone arrived in Key West in January.
"The stone had to be sourced from demolished buildings throughout the Northeast," says Society Executive Director Michael Gieda. "What's even more fascinating is that once the stone is removed and new pieces installed, the master mason hand carves  all  of the decorative features. You are talking serious artistry and skill to do this type of work."
In addition to Nelson's efforts, masonry repairs include replacing the capstones on the guardrail sections between the archways, repointing significant sections of mortar, rebuilding deteriorated arches, building new stone railings, replicating terra cotta components, and repairing the columns at the majestic building's entrance, all under project management of Nick Olson of Specialty Property Services, a Tampa-based company that also did the museum's second story window restorations in 2014.
"While the cost of historic preservation is significant, it is our responsibility to save/preserve historic structures," says Gieda. "Once they are gone, they are gone forever."
The project, estimated at $350K-$400K and funded by State of Florida Department of Historical Resources, Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Monroe County Board of County Commissioners, Old Island Restoration Foundation, and Dogwood Foundation, is expected to be completed late this spring.
"It may have taken 20 years, but we're getting it done," says Gieda.
For more information, contact Executive Director Michael Geida, at 305.295.6616, x101.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.
Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates Captain Outrageous in "That's Outrageous!" Exhibit
The Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates the acclaimed late Key West artist Captain Outrageous in " That's Outrageous!,"  a retrospective featuring more than 40 works that explores his pop art style across several different mediums.  The exhibit opens Friday, April 13, with a special reception held from 6:00pm-8:30pm in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.  
Spanning nearly four decades in Key West, Captain Outrageous imprinted his indelible mark on the island with both his colorful artwork and personality.  He made the world his canvas and painted thousands of items - bicycles, scooters, furniture, clothing, mannequins, cars, camper vans, sinks, musical instruments, telephones, and even toilet seats - with a pop art design style à la Roy Lichtenstein, but with a flair and humor decidedly his own.  A true Key West character, he embodied the spirit of the island, and his creations are celebrated and collected by many. 
" That's Outrageous!"  runs through Sunday, June 24 and is sponsored in part by the Captain Outrageous Foundation. For more information, call Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., at 305.295.6616 x 112 or visit .   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island.


Info. & Photos from Alyson Crean

Commissioner Margaret Romero sent this very interesting Information over :
I thought I would make you aware of the following board openings in case you might be interested being an appointee.
The Citizen Review Board (CRB) is an independent board with authority to review and / or investigate complaints involving Key West police officers and forward findings and / or recommendations.
The City of Key West Citizen Review Board is seeking nominations of candidates for appointment to the Citizen Review Board (CRB). The City of Key West CRB consists of four members appointed by the City Commission and three members appointed by the CRB itself. Members serve a four-year term.
Currently, there are two (2) Commission positions available, and one (1) Board position available, all three with an expiring term of June 30, 2022.  These positions shall be nominated by a local civic or social organization and appointed by the Key West City Commission for two (2) positions and the Citizen Review Board for the one (1) position.
Each member appointed shall be an elector, resident of Key West, with a reputation of integrity and commitment to improving police/community relations. For further information regarding the CRB & position requirements, please review the website at  and select Citizen Review Board under the Departments tab.
Individuals wishing to apply for appointment consideration are encouraged to submit a CRB application and a letter with their resume to Chris Sclichter, Executive Director (305) 809-3887 or .  Applications with instructions can be downloaded from the website. 
All applications and additional documents sent to the CRB become public record.
Applications & nominations must be received or postmarked no later than 5:00 PM., April 16th, 2018.  Mail to: PO Box 1946, Key West, FL 33041-1946 or hand-deliver to City of Key West Citizen Review Board, 100 Grinnell Street (Upstairs inside the Ferry Terminal building) Key West. Do not e-mail the application.
Due to the overwhelming success of the Duval Loop, the free bus route will continue to run seven days a week. When it was launched, it was expected to go back to weekends only after Easter. However, the Loop is popular all week long.
This free hop-on hop-off bus service runs from the City's Park and Ride on Grinnell Street, along Caroline Street, up the length of Whitehead, then returns down the length of Simonton to Fleming. Funded by last year's one-dollar increase in parking meter rates, the Duval Loop provides free and easy access to restaurants, galleries, gift shops and theatres. Just park once and forget it.
The Duval Loop makes 16 stops along the way, and runs every half hour in the mornings -- from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. -- and it runs every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. until midnight. For a detailed schedule or to track the Duval Loop bus in real time, go to .  
Go green and ride the bus -The Free Duval Loop!

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Chef Hubbard, and Bill and Eden send regards and starts this week with a General Update " We have seats available for some of our events in April and May, including our Spring Dinner on 4/18, our Orien-talia Fusion Dinner on 4/23, our Indian Dinner with Chef Melissa Schwarz on 4/27, and our Italian Paired Wine with Chef Tony Acampa on 5/4!  In addition, we added a Hook and Cook event on 5/12, and we are working to add more events for April and May!"
 April 14 & April 28 - Weekly Wine and Food Tasting
Saturday, April 14th  - Chef David Fuhrman - Chef's Tasting Menu - SOLD OUT
Titanic Dinner - $125.00 - 5:30pm. Join Chef David Fuhrman of Great Events Catering for a first-class dinner on the 106 thanniversary of the last night that the Titanic was afloat! Appropriate dress suggested (but certainly not required). Canapés à l'Amiral, Sweet Potato Blini with Horseradish Crème Fraiche and Caviar, Mousse du Foie Gras with Pear Chutney and Brioche Toast, Cream of Barley Soup,    Asparagus Salad with Champagne , ffron Vinaigrette, Honey Ginger Duck Vol-Au-Vent with Granny Smith Apple Sauce and Fig Mash,   Punch Romaine - A Rum and Citrus Palate Cleanser over an Iceberg of Crushed Ice,    Filet Mignon with Lyonnaise Potatoes and Merchant du Vin,   Vanilla and Chocolate Eclairs,      Fruit and Cheese
Sunday, April 15th - Vintners Dinner 2018. Casa Marina Resort - Flagler Ballroom - 6:00pm.
Join our own Chef Martha Hubbard and several of her Key West Chef Colleagues for this year's Vintners Dinner. This nine-course Dinner & Wine Pairing begins with appetizers on the veranda, and then moves inside the Flagler Ballroom where guests rotate through chef stations, where your tapas portions will be prepared and presented to you along with your vintner's wine presentations. The evening concludes on the patio once again with the presentation of dessert. For tickets go to

Wednesday, April 18th  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Spring Dinner - $85.00 - 5:30pm. Seared Tuna with Caper, Rosemary Sorbet, and Parmesan Crisp.   Frisée, Endive, and Dandelion Greens with Lemon Marinated Feta.   Pork Tenderloin with Cacao and Chili Paste, Orange, and Bok Choy Udon Noodles. Short Bread Tart with Lemon Curd and Crispy Olives
 Monday, April 23rd  - Chef Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu
Orien-talia Fusion Dinner - $85.00 - 5:30pm.   Bagna Cruda Spring Roll with Pickled Sambal.  Miso Bolognese.  Sake Steamed Clams with Chinese Black Beans and Ginger.  Oolong Tea Panna Cotta with Walnuts and Jasmine Syrup.

Friday, April 27th  - Chef Melissa Schwarz - Chef's Tasting Menu
Indian Dinner - $85.00 - 5:30pm.  Aloo Tikki - Potato Patties with Peas Paneer and Spices.    Coconut Vegetable Korma - Curry with Cashew and Coconut Milk.    Butter Chicken - Yogurt Marinated Chicken with Tomato Cream Curry. Mango Lassi - Traditional Frozen Drink with Mango and Yogurt.
Friday, May 4th  - Chefs Tony Acampa and Martha Hubbard - Chef's Tasting Menu. Springtime on the Amalfi Coast Paired Wine Dinner - $85.00 (including wines) - 5:30pm. Join Tony Acampa from Enovation Brands Wines for a delicious Italian paired wine dinner!.   Mini Baked Eggplant Stack.  Aperol Spritzers with Amore di Amanti Prosecco.   Pan seared Sea Bass with a Sorrento Lemon Butter Sauce and Risotto with Baby Shrimp. Ca'Montini Pinot Grigio.   Blackberry Granita with a Sorrento Lemon Mascarpone and Fresh Berries.Bella Bellina, Limonata Moscato     
Saturday, May 5th , May 12, May 19, & May 26 - Weekly Wine and Food Tasting - Wine Education Event
$15.00 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Join us for our weekly Wine and Food Tasting featuring delicious wines with paired bites by Chef Martha Hubbard!Please Call For Seats.
Saturday, May 12th - Chef Martha Hubbard - Special Event
Hook and Cook: Florida Keys Fishing and Culinary Experience - $300.00 - 1:00pm.  Very Limited Availability!   
Join Captain Jeremy Hackworth of Zia Charters and Chef Martha Hubbard for a once-in-a-lifetime fishing experience and cooking lesson. Participants will go on a private fishing charter with Captain Jeremy Hackworth of Zia Charters where they will learn fundamental lower keys fishing techniques for reef species.  Upon return to Key West, the participants will come to Isle Cook Key West for a cooking lesson and dinner with Chef Hubbard. Dinner will begin at approximately 6:00pm.  If you would like to invite your significant other or friend to the dinner that evening the cost is $50.00 per seat.

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Next Mixer is 4/11 at Mangoes 701 Duval St.



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Monroe County Animal Farm in Key West 5501 College Rd. 305-293-7300 . Open the 2nd & 4th Sunday each month (1-3p) , Under the Brilliant Direction of Officer/Farmer Jeanne Selander.



Part 5 of Commissioner Romero's Community Meeting Re-Cap from the event on 2/20..  We Certainly want to give you ALL the Information that the Commissioner sent in her Re-Cap ; so we are Including the Info. in a Multi Part /Week Feature  

We Pick Up (from the Feature in the Beginning of this Issue) of Part 5 : Below starting with "Parking"

  This topic covered not only downtown parking but neighborhood parking in mid and new town. Most agreed they like to go downtown but would probably not park at the parking garage near Keys Energy. It was indicated that many would favor the idea of a centrally located garage downtown. I suggested we continue to focus on the area near the downtown fire station. No one raised an objection.
  Neighborhood parking concerns in Mid-town and New-town centered around work trucks brought home by employees, too many cars for the residential lot because of how many renters/residents were there, and wrong way parking (both against traffic and head-in/angle parking). It was suggested that more parking enforcement was needed and that the addition of such personnel actually writing tickets could generate enough revenue to pay for the additional employees.
  For reporting non-compliant parking, a call can be placed to Parking Customer Service at 305-809-3864 or the KWPD non-emergency number after hours - and ask that the call be given to Parking.
The ideas for expanded pay parking and residential parking zones, especially in old town were briefly discussed. It appeared there was no significant position of the attendees either way on these topics.
I reminded the attendees of the new committee focusing on parking and alternative transportation I suggested they make their comments known to those appointees and might consider attending the upcoming workshop on those topics on March 5, at 6 PM, at City Hall.
  I will be happy to send the names and e-mails of those appointed to that committee to those who would like to have them
 People are generally satisfied with our parks. Comments were made regarding better attempts for upkeep of grass and plants. While noted that not everything can be lush and green, it seems that sometimes the parks appear a bit haggard. Some cited the "left-behind" belongings of those who prefer out-door living and consider city property their own "storage space".
  Several heads nodded in agreement, when an attendee noted that he was dismayed by what looked like an awful lot of asphalt at the Truman waterfront,  the person then questioned what happened to all the green space that everybody wanted. It was also noted that while some use the area near the PAL building as a dog park there are a number of unleashed dogs,  not only at the waterfront, but some of the recreation fields that the owners do not pick up after the dogs.
  It was pointed out that some dog owners need to be reminded to pick up the poop from their pets and that there is a leash law which they should be obeying. It was indicated to be inconsiderate of the  children and people who want to enjoy the spaces, as well is city community services people, who have to deal with the "matter".
  Attendees generally agreed that quality of life has decreased on our island and needs more focus from everyone -  the community and the city itself.
  Here are some of the topics which people called out in this area: too many cars; too many bikes who don't follow the rules; those who ignore stop signs- especially skateboards and bikes; noise, it doesn't seem to stop; vacationers who forget that nearby neighbors have to get up and work the next day; greedy landlords who don't care about working people; greedy vacation rental owners who think good neighbors are good for their rental but forget that they should be considerate of their neighbors; better maintained roads - a lot of bumpy roads; when are enough visitors too many?; not everybody has to follow the rule, there still special groups who seem to get favors; the people who think they should just be taken care of; the homeless issues; things need to look cleaner; those infamous crosswalks; the speedsters; traffic at the triangle; city is too congested; higher wages for workers
   A transient rental is that which is rented or leased out for a period of less than 30 days or one calendar month;
The term short-term rental is generally applied to units renting out for longer than the one month. But less than a full year. There is no definition of such in city ordinances. This often includes those residential units which are rented out for periods of five weeks or greater - often two, three or four months periods.
  Some numbers of interest: The current number of transient licenses in the City Of Key West is 1081. The number of registered hotel motel rooms is 3995. The number of guests house accommodations is 1020 with another 187 units classified as residential commercial.
  Lower Keys Medical Center, LKMC, was a hot topic in prior meetings. That was not the case at this meeting. Attendees seemed generally satisfied and are not hearing about billing complaints and such that were topics in the past.
  I noted that in December, the local hospital had gone from a 1 Star rating to a 2 Star rating and that this had occurred in a period of a little over one year.
  I attend many of the LKMC meetings that are open to the public and have heard that they are striving to become a three-star hospital. There have been many upgrades to their admissions and various waiting areas, as well increased personnel interacting with patients and their families with regard to satisfaction and insurance/billing questions.
  The hospital has recently added new doctors in the area of orthopedics and gastrology, added a new service called Tele-neurology (where specialist are available to consult on the utilization of a drug called tPA for early intervention  ischemic stokes.)
 LKMC has recognized the need for additional behavioral health accommodations. They increased the number of beds at their DePoo facility  from 11 to 23 beds.
 In 2018 they hope to open a Woman's Imaging Center

More Re-Cap of Commissioner Romero's Community Meeting in the April 9. Issue (Part 6)
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