Diann and I were almost 90 days into having been in Florida with Yacht A Fun, our Gemini sailing catamaran- and so I was concerned about the need to pay the Sojourner’s Permit / boat registration/tax to be legal to be in Florida beyond 90 days. The only tax office I could find that had a clue about their State’s Sojourner Permit (including calls within Miami) was in Key West.
So, Diann and I headed (by Jeep) to Key West on the first business day available. It was an administrative business trip, not a media/ article research trip. Photos are therefore few.
However, I thought it interesting to walk passed the waterfront Grocery building (still with mural) that I shopped at in April of 1996.
These hotel buildings now sit where I tent camped at a waterfront downtown rv park.
Gentrification is inevitable as our population grows. But darn, that $38 a night tent space, back in ’96, sure was a great memory.
Writing of memories, the Pan American office building is still standing and is near the Truman Annex area of town.
Diann and I will revisit Key West for an update on how it’s changed. It isn’t the Key West of the late ‘90s of early 2000s. Cruise ships have enabled a much more upscale venue. The “raw” aspect of Key West has lost its edge. Success has its down side.
But………….there’s still Fantasy Fest in October LoL.