Key West is Open
As of October 2017 – after IRMA:
It’s official. Key West is open. Open for business, open for visitors, open… well you get the point. That said, it’s still a fine line about celebrating and understanding. We celebrate that Key West is open and was spared damage from Hurricane Irma. And we need to understand, there are still a lot of people hurting and trying, desperately, to wrap their heads around lost homes, lost stuff, lost normalcy.
But, there is a sense of normalcy as you walk around town. There a few piles of debris still waiting to be picked up, but overall, the town looks great. The airplanes are flying overhead, bring people back home and those wanting to visit. There is still a lot of greenery. I even spotted a few flowers on my morning walk.
Flowers in bloom
Most of you were asked about a lot of the Key West icons. The Hemingway House for one. I can attest, it is there, and open for business. The cats are out wandering and seem almost happy to see visitors. As a cat owner I get they can appear to miss you, but once fed and their heads are scratched you are no longer missed or needed.
But, what’s not normal are the empty streets. Duval, empty. No line at the Southernmost Point. There has been a pick up in traffic, but it’s so odd to see empty streets. No one walking, biking, laughing, talking. But, that will all change soon.
I love to try new places and most days, the popular restaurants can be challenging to get a seat at; not today. For breakfast stopped off at La Te Da. I now know why everyone raves about this place. The food is exceptional, and Kathy was awesome. She gave us recommendations and they were truly spot on. Stop by and say Hi to Kathy. Tell her we sent ya!
She actually fared pretty well. They are working to spiff up the buoy, so it is now in a state of repair, but still looks great. Imagine the stories you can tell, I was there before the new coat of paint. I saw it when…
The water is a little choppy today. It’s beautiful weather, but windy. But, the waves are up and creating an opportunity for really cool photos.
And, with the waves, pretty interesting stuff is being washed onto the shore. This conch shell was too interesting pass by.
I spent most of today, walking around town and seeing who was open. Enjoying the breeze and sunshine. Even caught one of Key West’s finest marching down Duval Street. Heading out tonight to enjoy sunset and few cold ones.
So, very carefully, and with much respect, I state, Key West is open. Plan to come down to enjoy all that Key West offers, but keep in mind your server, your cab driver, the person sitting next to you may have lost a lot more than you can ever imagine. Tip well, my friends.