It has been more than five years since Nancy and I ended our 20-year-plus residence in the Keys and I still keep up with local events through my electronic subscription to the Keynoter.
Full disclosure: I subscribe because of the crossword puzzles (though lately the numbers and solutions appear as hieroglyphics; don't know what is causing this), but it is nice to keep an eye on what is happening to our former friends, acquaintances, potential murder-for-hire victims, etc. It's like a real-time reality version of a Dave Barry novel sometimes.
With the issue I just finished reading, I learned that Rick Casey is turning over the Keys of the Peacock Apartments in Key West to another nonprofit and is planning to do the same with the Heron in Marathon. My condolences to Rick.
I worked at the Heron for a while when I moved to the Keys so I know how much dedication, determination and passion the work requires. Passing the keys on so the programs can go on is a difficult thing. I hope Casey's hard work and contributions to the population he serves are being recognized and appreciated.
I also learned that John Bartus is celebrating 30 years singing and entertaining people in the Keys. Congratulations to John. Maybe Jimmy Buffet is the soundtrack of the tropics, but John has been the soundtrack of the Keys. I still have very fond memories of John's drive-time radio show with Larry Kahn, covering local news with humor and aplomb.
Here's to another 30 years. Hey, at his next show, dedicate a song to Rick Casey.
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