Saturday, July 16, 2005

Saturday

It's a lazy day in Key West, a lazy Saturday. It's Janet's first Saturday off in a long time. Well, not including last Saturday, which doesn't count because it was a hurricane day. We have plans for later today, involving a trip to Roosevelt Boulevard to take care of some shopping things. It's just after noon. Janet is getting ready to take a nap. She went to the Green Parrot last night for a couple hours, to listen to Juanita Dixon, backed by the Jeff Prine band, and to dance. My scouts -- Janet and Captain Bill -- agree that the music is worth staying up late for. We'll probably go tonight for a couple of hours. What a wealth of musical opportunities Key West offers.

It's Bubba's (Lownotes) birthday today. He's, ahem, cough ... actually, I don't know his age. Mid-40's, probably. Anyway, we'll stop by and see him at Schooner Wharf if he's playing with Michael McCloud today. After taking care of the shopping thing.

The news about Schooner Wharf has quickly become a hot topic of conversation around town. Most people I've talked to about it feel like SWB is going to get gone, that it is incompatible with the Watermark housing project. I can remember the original architectural drawings of Watermark. They showed a kind of nondescript restaurant/bar building on the waterfront where the bar is now. Here is a photographic view of the Key West Bight as it was recently. Schooner Wharf bar is just about dead center in the photo. The Watermark property is below it and to the left, where the trailers and RV's are. I'm trying to find a copy of the architectural rendering to post. I know that I have one around here somewhere.

I want to believe that the City and the Worthington's can come to terms on a lease soon. Innocent bystanders could be hurt if this turns into a train wreck.

It's early afternoon now. Almost time to leave. I'll keep at it here until Janet is ready.

The City hasn't finished clearing the streets of the debris from Dennis a week ago today. We have two large piles of organic matter piled on both sides of our gate. (Pictures posted at my Flickr.)

There are also photos there of Truman Avenue during a recent funeral at the funeral home at the intersection of Truman and Simonton. You can see how narrow Truman Avenue is as it comes into Bahama Village, yet this is the street that the Truman Waterfront plan calls on to carry an additional 2800 cars a day into and out of Bahama Village. The Waterfront Park and its associated commercial and residential areas have at least one serious flaw. Parks are for people, not for cars. People, bicycles, roller skates, baby carriages. Yet the plan wants to make 425 parking spaces inside the park, many of them probably with parking meters. I say, "no cars in the park". Instead, bring people there. Make walking or bicycling an pleasant alternative. Offer access to the park gates from all around town by trams, trolleys, jitneys, or whatever else works to keep the cars out of the park and out of Bahama Village. Officials sometimes mouth the words: "Pedestrian friendly", we hear. "Bicycle friendly". Residents have identified traffic and parking as major dis-satisfiers in the various surveys that have been made over the last five years. Let the Truman Waterfront PARK be a place where we begin to live up to those ideas.

Let the word go forth from this time and place: NO CARS IN THE TRUMAN WATERFRONT PARK!

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