My favorite food. Stone crabs!
The season opens 10/15 and runs through 5/16.
The red tide affected last year’s catch. I only had stone crabs 3 times. The taste was off. Fishermen blamed the red tide which had devastated the stone crab population.
This year the red tide is dramatically diminished. It is not expected to affect the stone crabs.
One fisherman described last season’s stone crab catch as “bad, bad, bad.”
The recent spiny lobster season was not the best. Supposedly the spiny lobsters still feeling the affects of Irma. Irma killed most off, caused larva to wash away, and destroyed their habitats.
A big event tomorrow night. The Southernmost Slow Ride. Also known as the Full Moon Bike Ride. Begins at 7. Runs to 10. Gather at Truman Waterfront Park to participate.
All ages. Few costumes.
Fantasy Fest a week away. Mosquitos a problem. Key West and Monroe County concerned for Fantasy Fet visitors. The last thing desired is for some to come down with dengue fever or some other mosquito affliction.
The Mosquito Control Board has gotten ready. It has made 2,834 inspections to make sure Key West and the lower keys are safe for visitors and locals alike.
This is Poker Run Weekend. Wrote about it yesterday. A big event. Fun for participants. A money maker for merchants. Things have been dead the past several months.
I mentioned yesterday that 3 years ago there had been a problem. Bad bikers came to town. The Marlon Brando crew. They raised hell. Changed the flavor of the event.
I thought whatever the necessary steps were to make sure such did not occur again had been taken.
I was wrong. The bad bikers expected to make problems this year also.
The Key West City Manager and Monroe County Sheriff advised they have concern.
Prohibition affected all of the U.S. Even back then, Key West had big time drinkers living here.
On this day in 1933, Key West voted 1,299-85 for the repeal of the 18th Amendment which prohibited the sale of alcohol beverages.
Drinkers then and drinkers now.
The Key West Lighthouse is a popular visitors’ venue today. Located at the corner of Truman and Whitehead, always a crowd.
No long used as a lighthouse. Deactivated and removed from operation in 1969.
The lighthouse was constructed in 1825. The Great Havana Hurricane of 1846 destroyed it. Another was built in its place in 1848 and operated till its official closing in 1969.
Cuba has known many revolutions. The first of significance was in 1868. Cubans and Spaniards never got along.
Carlos M. De Cespedes declared Cuba a free state and led the revolution. The war that began in 1868 became a ten year war ending in 1878.
The Spaniards crushed the Cubans. The defeat led to a massive Cuban migration to Key West. With the migration came the Cuban cigar.
Factories were opened to make hand rolled Cuban cigars. The experienced work force was in Key West because of the migration. Clear leaf Cuban tobacco was used.
There were once stilt houses in the waters west of Key West. Out a number of miles. Seventeen at their height. In various places. Three off Ballast Key.
All privately owned and constructed.
There came a time when the 17 were down to 11. I could not determine the precise reason why. I assume because of abandonment and non-use.
No one actually lived in the stilt houses. They were weekend places, party places. Sometimes a place from which to fish for spiny lobsters and stone crabs.
The area where the stilt houses were located at some point became part of the 2,000 square mile Everglades National Park. Whether before or after, I could not ascertain.
The federal government said the stilt houses had to come down. I cannot tell you why. Little is written about the stilt houses.
The federal government took the stilt houses under eminent domain. A major federal case ensued. Long decision. The primary issue just compensation. A federal judge by the name of William O. Mehrtens heard the case.
I write about the stilt houses for 2 reasons.
First, I would not expect stilt houses to be built or survive in ocean waters adjoining Key West. Recall, a number of miles out.
Second, my Chart Room friend of days gone by Marty Leshaw owns a stilt house somewhere in the Atlantic off Fort Lauderdale. His home is in Fort Lauderdale.
I have seen pictures of his stilt house. It is large compared to those in photos of Key West area stilt homes.
Marty has invited me several times to join him in Fort Lauderdale for a few days. I never seem to make it. Some day.
Quote for the day. Attributed to Aldous Huxley: “Men do not learn much from the lessons of history, and that is the most important of all lessons.”
Jane Fonda a woman whose life has been full of multi-faceted experiences. A major movie star in her own right, daughter of Henry Fonda, Barbella, protestor for causes, former wife of Ted Turner, etc.
She has done it all. Still doing.
Jane is soon to be 80. She was arrested friday by Washington police for taking part in a climate change protest on the steps of the U.S. Capital Building. The charge unlawful demonstrating.
She was one of 16 arrested. A photo indicated those demonstrating were small in number. I would not be surprised if only 16 in total.
The story of her arrest stated, “She was protesting mostly with people not yet old enough to vote.”
Jane stated she will be on the Capital steps for the next 16 fridays continuing the protest. Sort of throwing the gauntlet down: Arrest me, if you dare! They probably will.
We live in an era today where people have little trust in their government. Is was the same during the Vietnam War. The U.S. was in turmoil. Most disagreed with the war, no reason to be there, I do not want my children killed in a stupid war, etc.
Jane protested against the Vietnam War, also. She took a bad hit because of it.
Many thought the Vietnamese were correct and the U.S. wrong. Jane went to Vietnam to see for herself. While in Hanoi, she was photographed sitting on an enemy aircraft gun surrounded by Vietnamese soldiers. Everyone smiling.
It was 1972. By that time, almost 60,000 Americans had died in the war. The photo hit newspapers world wide. Millions of Americans were incensed by her conduct. They took it to mean she was pro-Vietnamese.
Such was not the case. A trip encased in good intent became her downfall. She became known as Hanoi Jane.
She was 34 at the time. Her reputation and career took a beating for some time thereafter. Her conduct considered by many to be treasonous.
She recognized her visit was the result of a lapse of judgment. She also believed she had been used by the Vietnamese.
She never really defended herself. Took her beating quietly. Eventually time overcame wounds inflicted.
You have to respect Jane Fonda today. A woman almost 80 demonstrating with teenagers and college students for a worthy cause. Arrested therefore and knowing she will be arrested again and again as she protests in subsequent weeks.
There are not many like her.
I don’t think I have been out an evening since last friday or saturday. Not drinking one reason. Key West a bar/drinking town. Difficult to sit and chat with folks when they are drinking and you are not.
Another reason I have become a recluse this week is that I fell. Again. In the house this time. Climbing the stairs.
Don’t ask me how. I don’t know. I fell against the bannister. My shoulder still hurts. No fracture. My arm bled from the force of the fall. A bit of a mess.
Tonight, I am out! Definitely!
I have a manicure with Tammy at 5:30. Then to the Chart Room for a diet Coke or two. A bit of a walk on Duval to look at the bikes. Finally, dinner at La Trattoria. I crave pasta with garlic sauce. Not a problem. I will be without a woman.
Enjoy your day!