Monday, July 24, 2017

Back to the Island

O dear God see how he rises,
Timothy rises from the bed.
With a bottle of whisky at his feet
And a bottle of porter at his head.

Traditional Irish ballad

And, as did Timothy, Robert also rises, to return to The Real Key West, prompted by several things that took place in the week just gone by.

On July 21, I read in the Key West Citizen about what former City Commissioner Harry Bethel is doing with regard to the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.  The TDC is a board established and supervised by the Monroe County Commission.  The TDC's mission is: ...  to set an overall direction for the Monroe County tourism marketing effort in a manner that will assure long-term sustained growth in tourism revenues while also guaranteeing the sustainability and improvement of our product, including both our man-made and natural resources, and improvements to the quality of life of our residents. [Emphasis added.]

More recently, John Donnelly of Key Largo wrote an article for The Blue Paper headlined 
Vehicular Assaults, Gridlock & Environmental Destruction…Endanger Our Lives & Islands…

The two articles resonated in me.  Janet and I have been discussing a trip back to the island in mid-September.  We'll be celebrating our 55th wedding anniversary on September 22.  We have two remaining $99 vouchers for round trips on the Key West Express between Whiskey Creek, where we now live, and Key West.

We'll be checking in to familiar places and seeing friends.  They're all part of The Real Key West.

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