Pride Parade on June 9, 2019

We attended our second Pride Parade in Key West.

The former owner of 707 Southard, Kate Miano, was also a queen of Fantasy Fest in 2008.

Queen Kate of 2008
Conch Train
Bourbon St. Pub
Macho Men
Flag at End of Parade

Shelby Collins Visits Key West

Robbie Swanson, the 707 Southard heir, flew into Key West with his girlfriend Shelby Collins on May 30th.  They spent the week doing the touristy things and working out at 24-hour fitness on Caroline Street.

Shelby Collins and Robbie Swanson at Mallory Square
Shelby Collins and Robbie Swanson at Key West International Airport

They flew back to West Virginia on June 6th.

Back in Key West

Left Philippi, WV at 3:45 AM on May 29th and drove to Vero Beach, FL which is a distance of 950 miles.  Had dinner with Joe and Angela Cortner who moved from Key West to Sebastian, FL about 2 weeks earlier.  Met Joe on our first visit to Key West in April, 2011.

The final 300 miles is an easy 5 hour drive plus stops.  The former Cortner house at Olivia and Packer streets.

Change in Property Management

For the second time in 2 years, we have switched property managers.  Vacasa is gone and Vacation Homes of Key West is our new company.

Our main reason for leaving is the fact that we got 2 rentals in 20 months.  Our previous company had gotten us 23 rentals in 50 months.

Our property name has changed from Caribbean Fling to Key West Island Village Cottage.  See the great property write-up here.


House Maintenance, Part 3

Master bedroom closet door painting is complete.  This was immediately below the roof leak previously mentioned.

Master Bedroom Closet Door

Also, the second coat of aluminum roof paint has been completed.

Roof Valley, Second Coat



Last week Suburban Propane came to fill our tank, which is used only for the kitchen stove, and determined it needed replaced.  It’s been pretty rusty looking since we bought the house.  New full tank in place.

New Propane Tank

Also, a new mailbox installed this morning that will keep our mail dry.

New Mailbox


Christmas Day with the Dogs

It’s a French Bulldog Christmas again.  Gigi, on the right, is celebrating her 7th Christmas in Key West.  Her first one was while we were staying at Ambrosia on Fleming Street in 2012.  She walked over to check out the house that we would buy four months later.  Tav, on the left, is celebrating her 4th Christmas in Key West.

It’s a rough life for them.

Midday at the Pool
Waiting for Santa by the Tree