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Key West Welcomes Visitors Back After Hurricane Irma

Oct 13, 2017 10:37:43 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers

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It has been a few harrowing weeks in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.   Through the kindness of friends, strangers, neighbors, first repsonders & utility workers, everyone has united to make Key West whole again.  On October 1st, Key West officially reopened to welcome all to this island paradise.  

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5 Best Places for Breakfast on Fort Myers Beach

Jul 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Restaurants, Fort Myers Beach, Casual, Breakfast, American Cuisine

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Our Best Picks for that Most Important Meal of the Day! !

Breakfast is a treat most ordinarily many do not have time to savor in our busy day to day lives.  As you awake with a cup of coffee in hand and a leisurely walk along the sand at the waters edge of  Fort Myers Beach, which yummy option best starts your day is a tough decision. 

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Have  you Run with the Bulls? Do It Like Ernest - Key West Style! !

Jun 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Activities

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What do you get when you combine one literary great, a 3-day marlin tournament, the running of the bulls (not real ones though), look-a-like contest for white-bearded men, book readings and signings, a street fair and an arm-wrestling contest????  Hemingway Days, of course.

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Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

May 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Luxury, Waterfront, Walking Distance, Restaurants, Casual, Key West Hotels, Pool, Resort, Bar & Grill, Upscale Casual

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Parrotheads of the world unite, it’s time to go Back to the Island!! The Westin Resort and Marina Key West has become the Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina. This 170+ room resort is the epitome of Key West and now with Jimmy Buffett lending his name to it, only backs up that claim.

This AAA Four Diamond waterfront resort is just steps from Mallory Square, home of the nightly Sunset Celebration. Hundreds come out every night to watch the sun slowly set into to the emerald waters off Key West. Street vendors and performers also gather to hawk their wares and put on a show that only Key West could pull together (you might even see Spiderman or Darth Vader). The resort is also just a block from the famous Duval Street. Lined with some of the best restaurants, waterholes, shopping and art galleries that you’ll find anywhere. The marina is also home to one of three cruise ports on the island, welcoming people from around the world.

For the gourmet in all of us, the resort is home to three fantastic restaurants. Bistro 245 is a casual, indoor dining experience, with gorgeous views of Key West’s One Particular Harbor. Castaways is the classic pool side bar, for all you Beautiful Swimmers, which features a minimalists, no nonsense menu. From appetizers, salads to burgers and other sandwiches, not to mention a cocktails to die for. Lastly, is the Sunset Deck. As the name proclaims, you will have a panoramic view of the harbor and of the Key West sunsets, as you’re sipping on that fresh Boat Drink.

If you want to try something a bit different and get some of that Island Fever, then hop on the island ferry that will take you to Sunset Key, just across the harbor. This private island has all the amenities that you could desire.

So, on your next escape, grab your Brown Eyed Girl or Lost Boy, not forgetting your shaker of salt, while making another Trip Around the Sun and head to the namesake, Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina.

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Free Key West Martello Tower & Gardens Tour

Apr 21, 2017 10:54:23 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Museums, Attractions, Activities, Waterfront

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The Key West Garden Club is located at the West Martello Tower, a National Historic site.  The site was originally built as a protector to Fort Taylor, also on Key West but was rendered obsolete before it was completed. Plans for the site were originally drawn up in 1836, but construction never actually started until 1863.  Since the site was never actually used as a fort, it was occasionally used for; target practice by the US military, quartering troops, storage and a military radio station.  Over the years the fort had come into severe disrepair and was almost demolished. But, in 1949 the Key West city commissioners stopped the demolition and came to an agreement with Monroe County and the Key West Garden Club to maintain it.  In the mid 1970’s the grounds and fort were declared a National Historic Site and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The photos here and on their website don’t do justice and you truly must see this for yourself.  This is one of the island's last remaining free tourist attractions.

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Let Your Pride Show in Key West

Apr 7, 2017 4:13:53 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Old-Town, Outdoor, Night Life

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Summers in Key West get really HOT!!

3 of the best parties for those looking to spice things up!

Sail down to Key West and celebrate your PRIDE for 5 fantastic days and nights.  Beginning June 7th and running until the 11th, come and bask in Key West's famous laid back style and flair.  Party with friends, family or make new acquaintences and discover Key West's unique philosophy of One Human Family!  

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St. Patrick's Day - A Floridian's Twist

Feb 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Bar, Activities, Beaches, Fort Myers Beach, Casual, Outdoor, Lunch

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The month of March brings some of the best weather of the year to South West Florida. While our northern friends are still shoveling snow, here in the Sunshine State we are slathering on the spf 30 and heading to the beach. In the midst of Spring Break and perfect weather falls St. Paddy’s Day, so put on some sunscreen, get your green on and watch a parade!

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Fort Myers Largest Festival of the Year!

Feb 2, 2017 1:33:17 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Museums, Attractions, Activities, Casual, Outdoor

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What does Thomas Edison, mid-February and a 2 week party all have in common? The Edison Festival of Light, of course. Each February the City of Ft Myers recognizes its most famous winter resident, Thomas Alva Edison. He built a sprawling home and laboratory along McGregor Boulevard in 1885. Over the years he also encouraged a number of his friends to make the move south. Henry Ford was his most famous friend who shared the property on McGregor Boulevard known as the Edison Ford Estate.

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4 Fantastic Things to do in Key West for New Years Eve

Dec 28, 2016 3:34:55 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Walking Distance, Beaches, Casual, Outdoor

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The party atmosphere is always present in Key West, the ultimate place to ring in the new year.  Key
 West is one of the few cities that is ALWAYS featured on the live national news feeds. There are certainly many reasons for its allure and popularity.  First off it’s WARM!!! Imagine welcoming in the new year wearing shorts and flip-flops….  You can’t get any better than that!

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Fort Zachary Taylor - Part of Key West's Long and Illustrious Civil War History

Dec 5, 2016 10:09:48 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Outdoor, Tours, BBQ

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What began as part of a 19th century plan to help protect the southeastern coast of the United States, became Ft Zachary Taylor or just "Fort Zach" for short.  During the Civil War, the Union actually seized control of the fort, to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Confederate Army.  Originally the fort was completly surrounded by water, with just a small walkway connecting it to the rest of Key West.  The fort was completed in the late 1860's, though the upper level was destroyed in 1889 to make way for newer weaponry.  The old cannons were then buried within the new outside wall, so that they could save on building materials.

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