Irma~Gone With the Wind

The Featured Image has changed a bit. After IRMA I have just one beautiful Palm to appreciate from my kitchen window.

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Today marks an entire month since Irma hit us as a Category 4 Storm. She didn’t just smack, she destroyed.
The Grotto of Saint Mary’s in Key West,Florida is said to protect us.

I now am a firm believer of this.

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Photo by Cynthia Martz

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Court House Photo Credit ~ Shaun Wilson

The Linesman from many States including Colorado, Michigan were Here and got us up and running within 8-10 days. Very thankful for all their hard work and dedication.

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On the Blvd (North Roosevelt)

 

Those from MM 10 and straight through the rest of the Keys Island Chain on into Georgia did not take IRMA as easily as we did.

Houses were completely blown off their concrete bases, cars floated upside down in the storm surge. Trees totally uprooted, debris scattered hither and yond.

The State Parks especially Bahia Honda took major devastation. It is a void wasteland with huge boulders hindering the roads to see the damage it done.
Such a beautiful park that I have spent many Sunday’s at over the years with my daughter and grandkids. Extended family and friends.

Than

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and

Now

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It will take some time to repair this beautiful sanctuary.

Photos from Key West.

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Little Dove Photo by Cynthia Martz

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Iguana Trees

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The recently renovated Dion’s on the Blvd.

Two tornado’s made a path down North Roosevelt.

True, we were spared much devastation but it did in deed put a dent in the Ole Conch Shell. We lost some of our oldest Banyan and Gumbo Limbo Trees.

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Photo Credit by Captain Tony’s daughter

“The Giving Tree”   is one of Silverstein’s best-known children’s books became a “Taking Tree,” destroying one of Key West’s literary landmarks.

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Martello Towers on the BLVD left a shambles.

The Bat Tower, gone.
The spirit of the locals (Key West) and the ones that evacuated and came back are persons that truly care about their little piece of paradise.

One day at a time.

After the four Storms that came back to Back in 2005 we have been spared.

Our Lush foliage and green trees were just coming back. Twelve years later we begin a new.

Others lost their entire homes, possessions and years of struggling. Gone with the Wind. Their homes were not so fortunate.

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Big Pine Key MM 30-32

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Trailer in Big Coppitt Key MM 10

So many effected by earthquakes in Mexico, savage storms in Puerto Rico and neighboring Islands.

Thankful for all the lives spared.

Blessings to all of those who lost a loved one.

Mother Nature.

No matter where you live, there is always something that concerns us weather wise.

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It is cycles the Earth passes through, a cleansing of sorts.

Doesn’t make it any easier to cope with the aftermath of such onslaughts.

Source of quote

http://ossfoundation.us/projects/environment/global-warming/natural-cycle

“Is global warming a natural cycle? Or is global warming affected by human influence? What does the science say? Both are true. In the natural cycle, the world can warm, and cool, without any human interference. For the past million years this has occurred over and over at approximately 100,000 year intervals. About 80-90,000 years of ice age with about 10-20,000 years of warm period, give or take some thousands of years.”

Key West Boat Kids

Hurricanes,Death in Custody,Could it happen again?


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Ownership Drama

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Cartoons by Arnaud Girard

Wisteria Island, also known as Christmas Tree Island, is a federally owned, uninhabited island in the lower Florida Keys 645 yards (590 m) northwest of the northwestern corner of the main island and city of Key West, Florida, Monroe County, United States. It is located 280 yards (260 m) north-northeast of Sunset Key (Tank Island), its closest neighbor.

Wisteria Island has an area of 0.04 mi² (0.1 km²) (exactly 106346 m²). The nickname Christmas Tree Island comes from the large number of Australian pine (casuarina) trees that grow there. Large numbers of live aboard boats are moored near the island.

In 2005 Key West was inundated with not one but four Hurricanes.

Hurricane Wilma was the one that had the Gulf meeting the Atlantic. The flooding and destruction were something some have never recovered from.

This is a short documentary on the kids and their families that were marooned on a nearby Island called Wisteria.

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I have also included updates to show what the children are doing now 12 years later.

“The Worshiped Island. Key West” by Alexis Girard d’Albissin. He is in his 20’s now.

A Review of his writings

http://thebluepaper.com/worshipped-island/

Nina and Naomi Newton are singers that guest spot occasionally with the Doerfels. They also are family integrated with their brother Aaron and father Toko Irie on (Steel Drums)

Key West’s Nina Newton recording original song, “I Can’t Breathe” in memory of Charles Eimers and Eric Garner and inspired by the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the national call for justice that is spreading across America. In studio with Naomi Newton and Clementine Girard.

Waiting in the clouds

For my life to begin

For my heart and my fear

For my voice, for my scream

I can’t breathe

 

Waiting in cities

Where sit lost and sad

The remains of your age

And the ghosts of your fear

The echoes of their screams

 

I can’t breathe

I can’t breathe

 

My life in the lights

That shine in his eyes

Sweet taste of a kiss

My exile when you sleep

 

I can’t breathe

 

Broken fathers who’ve

Never returned

Shamed for their race

The color of their skin

Color of their skin

 

I can’t breathe

I can’t breathe

 

But from a fire

Burning in the street

I hear now clamors for justice

From a fire, hope for justice

And love, oh love

 

For the homeless man

They kill with their guns

For the lies they will weave

The hate in their eyes

 

I can’t breathe

 

For the secrets they whisper

In the darkest corners

For the old tricks they play

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Clementine went to a School of Fine Arts in India, another wants to be a photographer and boat captain.

Source of information

Keeping up with our little Island in the Sun

The Blue Paper

DPChallenge~Local Flavor~Key West~ HogFish Bar and Grill


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I had the opportunity this past weekend to take Out of Towner’s to a fairly hard to find eatery. The island has been my home for over 20 years so I do know where the best spots are Smile

The Hogfish Bar and Grill is in Stock Island, just a five-minute drive from Key West.

NOTE: Listen to the “Stock Island Song” from the link above.

They serve the freshest fish anywhere in Key West, Florida.

The problem is finding it.

The address is 6810 Front Street, Safe Harbor~Stock Island, Florida

Phone # 305-293-4041

THE NEXT ISLAND OVER

The real Key West? It’s not even on Key West proper anymore, but just over the Cow Key Channel Bridge, on the even tinier Stock Island.

Source: NY Times

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Directions from Key West:

Take US1 North out of Key West and across the Cow Key Channel Bridge. At the third stoplight, bear to the right and on to MacDonald Avenue. Follow this for approximately 1 mile and make a right on 4th Avenue (across from Boyd’s Campground). Take your next left on Front Street and drive almost to the end—you’ll see the Hogfish Bar and Grill on the right.

Years ago it was called “No Name Bar” A rowdy little spot back then…the drinks flowed and many fisherman in their white boots made a bar stool their home till closing time.

Further up the Keys is another hidden spot called “No Name Pub” This bar is in Big Pine Key.

The Hogfish Bar is a little piece of old Key West. Scrumptious lobster bisque soup, killer Hogfish sandwiches with chips and slaw on the side, to die for Key West Pinks (Shrimp) snuggled next to a yellowtail snapper, a mound of stone crab claws and fresh slabs of grouper. My mouth is watering.

I was married to a fisherman and my fridge was always packed full of seafood.

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Live Music and the drinks still flow fast and furious Smile

Plenty of cats roam in between your feet. A bowl of water is always a welcome treat from the gracious servers.

The following pictures were taken of the local color.

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The Colors of Key West

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Huge Fried Shrimp Basket

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Fried Yellowtail Basket

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Baja Taco’s with Blackened Yellowtail

Bon Appétit

HOGFISH Bar and Grill

Come on down !

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