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Gypsy Chickens, Huh?

When I first came to The Keys I saw my first Gypsy at the Winn Dixie in Marathon, I heard it crowing at first, I thought someone is raising chickens somewhere, but then I saw him wondering the parking lot.  I haven’t seen any since Hurricane Irma in Marathon yet, but took a trip to Key West and they were everywhere, cute little babies running all over.  So I decided to do some research about them. They have no known predators in Key West and are protected. A more detailed version that I have heard and read about has to do with cockfighting.  The following from keywestroad-trip blog is as follows:
During the mid-1800’s, chickens were big business in Cuba. Breeders purchased varieties of Filipino Fowl from Spain. They created their own breed called ‘Cubalaya’. The size and aggressiveness made them perfect for cock fighting.
 
1940’s Key West Cockfight
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By 1860, Cubans began to move to Key West during the Ten Years’ War and unfortunately brought their love for cock fighting with them. A large amount of Cubans followed, drawn by the cigar industry, bringing their chickens with them. By 1890, more than half of Key West’s population was of Cuban  origin. 
 
Luckily, the southernmost city outlawed cockfighting in 1970’s, putting the Cubalaya chickens out of business, and out on the streets of Key West. Domestic chickens on the island were losing their homes at the same time when their owners moved away. Now the roosters & chickens were left to roam free, and nature took its course. So, some forty years later, we now have what we call ‘Gypsy Chickens’. Like in the 1970’s, they are still protected, and make Key West the truly unique place that it is! 
Key West’s city government, beset by calls from disgruntled locals, have tried several times to “downsize” the chicken population.  In 2004, the city hired local man, Armando Parra, a barber and self taught bird catcher, to serve as “chicken catcher”.  The birds were supposed to be “relocated” to a free range farm in Miami-Dade.  Amid speculation that the birds were secretly being killed, local pro-chicken factions began tampering with traps and Parra was dropped from the city payroll.  In 2008, Assistant City Manager, John Jones, made some comments to the local paper urging fed-up locals to “humanely” break the chickens necks, outraging animal lovers. Since then the City has formed a symbiotic relationship with the Key West Wildlife Center.  In exchange for financial aid, the KWWC, which aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of local birds and other wildlife, serves as a holding center for “nuisance” Gypsy chickens that have been trapped and brought in (traps can be borrowed from the center for a deposit).  The birds are adopted out to people outside of the Keys, who must sign an agreement stating that the birds are for pets and not meat.  Adopted chickens come with a signed letter from the City Mayor attesting to their authentic breeding as “Key West Gypsy Chickens.”  Read more here:  https://michigantraveler.org/2017/02/07/the-chickens-of-key-west-february-2017/
It also seems that someone saved many during the Hurricane.  A Key West good Samaritan helped rescue some of the city’s famous free-roaming chickens from the fast approaching Hurricane Irma, placing them in newspaper and putting them in the back of a car. The photo, which showed the chickens being rescued, went viral on Facebook and was shared more than 33,000 times.
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The Gypsy Chickens of Key West are very unique just like our Iguana Lizard population.  See my post here about Charlie the Lizard I befriended and loved when I moved here.  Here is where I now call home, and I LOVE IT!  http://blondiepieradio.com/history-key-west-iguana/

Florida Keys Shipwrecks, cool Vids & Pics

Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0Since moving here in the Keys I find myself wanting to know more about the Keys, it’s all such a mystery to me living near the ocean and life in the Keys, sometimes I wonder how anyone survived here before air conditioners, but then when the temperature drops below 72 degrees, I’m starting to fra, fra, freeze, knowing right now in upstate NY it’s below freezing with the wind temperature and I think, okay my blood is thinning, I’m getting used to the heat, my guess is without air, you learn to live with it.  I’m amazed that construction workers and landscapers survive working in the summer outside down here, and I give them much respect.  But I digress, on to the SHIPWRECKS.Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0

Shipwreck locations found on this web site were obtained from The Office of Coast Survey’s Automated Wreck and Obstruction Information System (AWOIS). Information on each shipwreck includes latitude and longitude along with a brief history, descriptive details, and up to 10 nearby wrecks and obstructions. About 750 named shipwrecks spanning the entire Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic waters surrounding Florida are listed here and over 4700 additional features are included in the data file.  AWOSI is a cool site if you like interactive maps to find shipwrecks and other interesting finds in the ocean.  Great site and informative, highly suggest you click the link to visit

Below is information I found from NOAA.gov site, there is a plethora of information on their site, I highly recommend visiting  https://floridakeys.noaa.gov/shipwrecktrail/welcome.html

Shipwreck Trail

diver exploring a shipwreck

Within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary lies a trail of historic shipwrecks, scattered along the coral reefs and buried in the sandy shallows a few miles off shore. The nine ships along this Shipwreck Trail have many tales to tell, from the stories of individuals who came before us to why they were here and their difficulties in navigating these waters.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the sites along the trail. An underwater guide is available for each site on the Shipwreck Trail, providing the shipwreck and mooring buoy positions, history, a site map, and information about marine life divers might encounter. Conditions on the Shipwreck Trail sites vary from easy dives in shallow water to deeper dives of l00 feet or more where swift currents may be encountered. Some of the deeper sites require mooring to submerged buoys.

Please help protect the sites on the Shipwreck Trail, and all the sanctuary’s maritime heritage resources, so that they may be enjoyed by future generations. When diving, remember to control your buoyancy, since shipwreck structures can be as fragile as the marine life they support. Disturbance and removal of artifacts is prohibited. It’s best to leave these pieces of history where they are, for other divers to enjoy and for historians to document.

 

Adelaide BakerThe Adelaide Baker
In 20 feet of water, four miles south-southeast of Duck Key, lie the remains of a three-masted iron-rigged and reinforced wooden-hull bark. The major features of this ship, locally known as the Conrad and believed to be the Adelaide Baker, are scattered over a square quarter-mile area. More
AmesburyThe Amesbury
The Amesbury, locally known as Alexander’s Wreck, was built as a U.S. Naval destroyer escort in 1943 and was later converted to a high-speed transport vessel. While the vessel was being towed to deep water to be sunk as an artificial reef, it grounded and broke up in a storm before it could be refloated. More
BenwoodThe Benwood
The Benwood was built in England in 1910 and sunk in 1942 when it collided with another ship. She lies between French Reef and Dixie Shoals on the bottom of a low profile reef and sand, in depths ranging from 25 to 45 feet. More
City of WashingtonThe City of Washington
In 25 feet of water east of Key Largo, the remains of the City of Washington lie on Elbow Reef. On July 10, 1917, while being towed by a tug, the City of Washington ran aground and was a total loss within minutes. More
DuaneThe Duane
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Duane lies upright on a sandy bottom in 120 feet of water one mile south of Molasses Reef off Key Largo. After being decommissioned on August 1, 1985, as the oldest active U.S. military vessel, the Duane was donated to the Keys Association of Dive Operators for use as an artificial reef. More
insert tagThe Eagle
The Eagle lies on her starboard side in 110 feet of water three miles northeast of Alligator Reef Light. On the night of December 19, 1985, while waiting to be sunk as an artificial reef next to the Alexander Barge, the Eagle broke from her moorings. More
North AmericaThe North America
Although not confirmed, this shipwreck may be the North America, built in Bath, Maine, in 1833 and lost November 25, 1842, while carrying dry goods and furniture. She lies in 14 feet of water in the sand and grass flats north of Delta Shoals, just east of Sombrero Key Light. More
San PedroThe San Pedro
The San Pedro, a member of the 1733 Spanish treasure fleet caught by a hurricane in the Straits of Florida, sank in 18 feet of water one mile south of Indian Key. She is the oldest shipwreck on the Shipwreck Trail, with the mystique of a Spanish treasure shipwreck to draw divers and snorkelers alike. More
ThunderboltThe Thunderbolt
The Thunderbolt was intentionally sunk on March 6, 1986, as part of the Florida Keys Artificial Reef Association project. She now lies intact and upright on a sand bottom in 120 feet of water four miles south of Marathon and Key Colony Beach. More
Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0Holy crap I didn’t know that ships were intentionally sunk, here’s why and who knew?Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0

Four ships have been sunk as artificial reefs within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary since its designation in 1990; an additional 16 ships were sunk as artificial reefs within waters of the Florida Keys prior to sanctuary inception

Cable Reel on the Thunderbolt Shipwreck

Within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, reefs – natural and artificial – provide habitat for marine life and also attract divers, snorkelers, and fishermen. Artificial reefs within the sanctuary have only been developed after an extensive evaluation and permitting process to ensure that placement of the structures on the seafloor will not be detrimental to sanctuary resources and that the proposed benefits of the artificial reef will be achieved.

Examples of intentionally sunk ships within the sanctuary include the Amesbury, Bibb, Duane, Eagle, Spiegel Grove, and Thunderbolt. Some of these ships are all located along the sanctuary’s Shipwreck Trail, where they serve the same functions in this underwater trail as museums do on land.

Another very well known and popular artificial reef in the sanctuary is the Hoyt S. Vandenberg. Sunk on May 27, 2009, just seven miles south of Key West, the Vandenberg is the largest artificial reef in the sanctuary and the second largest in the world. The shipwreck is now a popular diving destination.

🌺 ALL KEYS RESIDENCE SHOULD BOOKMARK THIS SITE, IT HAS SO MUCH INFORMATION.🌺  I love this site, also if you’re a serious diver and travel, this site is not only for the Keys:   https://floridakeys.noaa.gov

I have compiled a few pictures and videos of our shipwrecks in the Keys, ENJOY! 

 

Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0Here are a few links I also found, if you’re interested in further information about shipwrecks in the Keys:Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0

Shipwrecks, like other historical and archaeological sites, are non-renewable resources. Although ships continue to sink, there will never be another wrecked Spanish galleon. Historic shipwrecks that exist today are all we will ever have. They represent limited and unique opportunities to learn about the people who built them and lived, sailed, and wrecked on them. All shipwrecks in Florida waters are protected under the Florida Historical Resources Act. This law protects all archaeological sites on state-owned or controlled lands and submerged bottomlands from unauthorized disturbance, excavation, or removal of artifacts. The wrecks of the 1733 Plate Fleet and other shipwrecks located within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary also are protected by federal law, just as natural resources are protected, so that future generations may visit, learn from, and enjoy these unique examples of our maritime heritage. Read More:  http://www.thiswaytothe.net/tides/shipwrecks.shtml

Capt. Dan Berg’s Guide to Shipwrecks information
Historical and current Florida Keys Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers and fisherman.

http://www.aquaexplorers.com/florida_keys_shipwrecks.htm

 


Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0Check this site out:Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0 

In 2008, when I was first elected to the town commission of Sewall’s Point, I was appointed to be on the Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments, and sister entity, Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities. These wonderful organizations consist of elected officials from Indian River, St Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee Counties–counties on, or connected to, the Indian River Lagoon. READ MORE: https://jacquithurlowlippisch.com/tag/treasure-coast-ships-map/

Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0More suggested links I found while searching for Pictures.  These are also full of information:Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0 

Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0 Photographer’s information about the featured Image below, he takes sea pics! Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0 Masa Ushioda

http://seapics.com/information/about-us/Masa-Ushioda.html 

Scuba Diving in the Florida Keys

https://www.livescience.com/25022-florida-shipwreck-mystery-solved.html

 https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/101116

 https://amzn.to/2FXOQs5

Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0Here is a map of Dive Shops that give Scuba Lessons:Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0

Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0Don’t forget the dry land Shipwreck of the African Queen in Key Largo and to this day you can take a tour on the boat it’s self!  Cool Huh? In 1982, late attorney (and Bogart buff) Jim Hendricks, Sr., discovered the vessel languishing in an Ocala, Fla., cow pasture and purchased the piece of movie history for a reported $65,000. An equal amount of funds was invested to get the boat operational and Hendricks began offering visitors rides in 1983 while the vessel was homeported at Key Largo’s Holiday Inn. , if you haven’t read it yet you can do so here:Diving Mask on Emojipedia 12.0  http://blondiepieradio.com/visit-african-queen-boat-key-largo/

 

Is Keys Disease a real thing? Here’s what I found

I moved here from Upstate NY and I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never heard of Keys Disease, and I was warned by many that it’s a real thing here.  At first I thought, oh no, how do I catch this, how do you get rid of it once you catch it, and to be honest with you, when you live in NY, although not the in the city, but even in the a rural area I grew up in, we still hustled.  Just driving in the Keys can anger the most calm driver.

Below I gathered some local’s take on Keys Disease and how it effects anyone staying here longer than a vacation, shoot I’m told even upon returning from vacationing in the Keys you still have a touch of it.

I’ve been living in the Keys since August of this year and I gotta say I might have a touch of the Key’s Disease, but I still hustle at work, it’s important to me to do a good job no matter where I work or what I do.  I’m dedicated to keeping my NY work ethic and retain some of my NY attitude, but being laid back is always something I’ve strive for and so far living in the Key’s hasn’t gotten rid of my aggravation of standing in a long line while people here take their time, it sometimes gets me in a mood, but I’m working on it, I want to be more like the locals.  I don’t want to be in a state of agitation all the time, that is what it’s like to live in NY, it’s rush, rush, rush, and I’ve had 20+ years of being in that state, so all you locals, help me out, if you’re contagious and have Keys Disease, INFECT ME! 

I would also LOVE IT if you would comment on this post with your own KEYS DISEASE STORY!

I also found this song about Keys Disease, I LOVE IT!  If you haven’t heard it by now, listen it’s quite funny and true!





“Well, I am waiting yet again to hear back from someone who is supposed to do some work on my property. This person is new to me, but was recommended by a neighbor, is licensed and insured, came to my house within days of getting my call totally lucid, and sent me a professional contract via email. Signed and ready for business. Everything looked professional and ready to go, and I thanked my lucky stars I finally found someone to work with who would actually call me back and show up when he said he was going to!

And then? I never heard from him again. No reply to my email. No follow-up with the permit process. Vanished. My neighbor hasn’t heard back from him either for the work he promised to do for her. What happened?

Despite a good start, I think he came down with Keys Disease.

I did a search of “Keys Disease” just to see if his name might come up by chance, and here is what I found:

What about it ?: Keys Disease Defined
I don’t know this Lynn Crawford, but she seems to be an expert in diagnosis.

If you have moved to the Keys, you need to check yourself periodically for signs that you have caught this island plague. I have yet to catch it, but hardworking people all around me are falling prey to it every day.

I have lost 3 potential landscaping companies, 2 plumbers, 3 contractors, 2 doctors, and countless local acquaintances to this disease already, in just the last 2 years.

If you plan to move here, be careful that you don’t catch it. Many local job and rental postings prominently state, “No Keys Disease!” If the idea of honoring your commitments makes you break out in hives, I hope you’re independently wealthy. As for me, the loss of so many around me to this plague has cost me a great deal of time and money and patience already. Things I can’t really afford to lose. So, be warned if you’re coming down to the Florida Keys – if you don’t catch it, you should most surely expect that others you rely on will!”


Keys Disease Defined

Keys Disease
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From Lynnkipedia – a totally bogus free encyclopediaNot to be confused with Locks DiseaseKeys Disease (Clavis Morbus) is an infectious, but rarely fatal, disease affecting humans ( homo sapiens). It is believed to be air borne.  In some instances felines (cats) especially the feral variety are affected by or may be carriers of the disease.  The infection causes several days of euphoria and high excitement, followed by malaise and an indifference to time commitments and obligations.

Keys disease is a severe plague on organized activities and the ability to move projects ahead at any rate of speed.  In its most infectious state it is capable of totally destroying the concept of a deadline.  Most susceptible to contamination are boaters, fishermen, sunbathers, lap swimmers, conch lovers and just about anyone who wanders below mile marker 126.5 on the Overseas Highway, also known as U.S. 1 in the farthest southeast reaches of the United States.

Causes/ Signs and Symptoms
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Ocean breezes. intense sunshine, abundant fishing and a party atmosphere are thought to cause Keys Disease.  Some researchers are studying the part that coral reefs may play in the proliferation of the disease.  Although there is evidence that Native Americans came to the Keys as early as 3000 B.C., it was not until the 16th century that others arrived there.  The first settlers were Spanish fishermen who came from Cuba, a mere 90 miles to the south.  There is no documentation of Keys Disease in those early days.
The earliest symptoms can be traced back to the days of Ernest Hemingway.  Many of those affected have outward symptoms of “Hemingway Wannabe”, which is most often contracted by over the hill retired men from the Midwest. Other symptoms include uncontrollable urges to sing “Wasting Away in Margaritaville” with a longneck in hand and a plate of deep fried something or other in front of you.

Clinical Signs
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Bare Feet, often with ankle bracelets and/or toe rings
Unshaven faces on men
Over- sized sunglasses on women

Deep tans, often with creases around eyes and mouth
Tropical or Harley themed tattoos
Absence of timepieces
Ignorance of national political news

Treatment
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Treatment must take place on the mainland.  There is no effective way to fight Keys Disease while actually in the Keys.  For short term treatment, a trip to the craziness of Miami traffic may provide temporary relief.

Long term treatment must involve travel to the North or Midwest, preferably during a snow storm, and for longer lasting results, a blizzard.

Prognosis
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Unfortunately, the only permanent cure for Keys Disease is abstinence from travel on the southernmost reaches of U.S. 1.

Fortunately, since the disease is not fatal, periodic travel to the Keys is not physically or mentally life threatening and may, in fact, prolong life for those who expose themselves prudently.


Fell prey to this condition a few years ago-looking forward to a repeat performance.Our timing was impeccable-left behind a major snowstorm in New York.Met some other awesome sufferers incl.the invincible and fabulous author of this article.Hopeful that my physician prescribes an Rx for the winter blues and recommends that I become afflicted with this disease.Hopeful that next year I will suffer with this condition.


Well written! I am a patient for I have the disease!

they say rum eventually kills the virus unless your liver gives out first.
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Tequilla also works – or at least you get the feeling that it is working. Whatever….

before you arrived with the term keys disease we women knew it as the luciferous lust for light. long before your time <3

Hi..I’m Wendy and I also have keys disease…lol…I today am going through some Prety serious withdral symptoms for it has only been a few hours that I am back on the main land …I went into some serious emotional break down going over the 7 Mile bride headed north …knowing I was driving away …against my will…unfortunately NJ awaits me with all the realities of work ..drama..stress…..for this feeling kicks this disease into full gear … wondering…hummmm….should I turn the car around ?? Can I start NEW…live the island life ? …yes …I belive the keys disease is VERY real…and not looking for a known cure …lol

My friend sent me a card this week with a photo of a beautiful KW sunset on the front and this message on the inside. We’ve been having fun adding to the list so I thought I would share. I’d love to hear some more!

“You know you’ve got a case of keys disease when……

1. You take your shoes and socks off at work, close your eyes and try to imagine the sand between your toes.

2. You have products from the KW winery and Kermits delivered to your home.

3. You start counting down the days til your next trip before you’ve even finished unpacking! (83 days here!!!! )

4. You set your alarm clock to the rooster setting BC you love waking up to the cock-a-doodle-do

5. You’ve decorated the walls of your home with your favorite photos from your last trip.

6.You’ve put a lot of hours into perfecting your key lime pie.

7. You’re still trying to remember what happened after your last visit to the chart room.

8. You crave fresh fish and stone crab on a daily basis

9. Talking about conch fritters makes you drool

10. You tried to create a mini KW in your back yard including thatched umbrellas and a mile marker 0 sign


Another thread in this forum talks about the very real possibility that a strange affliction called “Keys Disease” exists.

I went about 6 weeks ago for the first time … OMG, we loved it.

Unfortunately, I think on the first trip, you just kind of take it all in, and try to figure out what KW is all about, and really miss alot. My next trip, I’m gonna stop rushing all over, and just grab a bar stool and chilllllllllllll.

Then, digitalprintman added:
That kinda sounds like what is called “Keys Disease”.

It’s always fun to see the people that are cranked and just don’t get the whole mood of Key West and the Keys. It is very laid back. The shop may say they open at 9 am but that’s just an estimate. Whenever they get there is opening time. It can take a couple of days to get into the Keys frame of mind. Most times the people that are in for a day or two just don’t have the time to chill out. Sometimes they get upset because everyone else seems to be lazy or so laid back that you wonder if they have a heart beat or not.

It’s a different way of life from what most of us deal with on a day to day basis.


So the other day it was a really nice day. I decided to leave work early , call in personal to the other job and take the kayak out in the mangroves. I spent the next five hours in a kayak with some good friends and a cooler between my legs. Explored the mangroves, had a pinic on our yaks , washed it down with some Hienies and enjoyed a sunset from the open water out by channel marker 6. :)

Is this what is refered to as Keys Diesease? I just live here. To me it is par for the coarse. :) HAHA.


I have a link to all the Key West webcams on both my work and home pc desktops. I watch them at lesat a dozen times a day.

AM I INFECTED?????? :o

Going back for our 3rd time theis February for my B-Day.


Well, we just confirmed our second floor room at the Heron House and now it’s only 94 days until we’re conchin’ out down in KW. I just read about the Schooner Wharf bar’s morning happy hour: 7am-12. I think one symptom of Keys Disease that I will have is an insatiable desire for a cold beer at about 7:30 a.m… :P


Remember there is always THE HANGOVER HOSPITAL!  When I saw this, I really thought it was some kind of joke, nope it’s real, and actually needed here in the Keys!

You can schedule your appointment here:   http://www.hangoverkw.com/


KING OF THE KEYS DISEASE, Jimmy Buffett


Thought some of you reading might like to listen to (Escape) The Pina Colada Song

Local Keys Business and Holiday Fun

This is how we roll in Marathon Florida.  The Greens, CEO’s of TikiLive.com invited friends and employees to share Thanksgiving with all of us.  Their theme was to dress as a Pilgrim or Indian.  Most of us preferred the Indian route.

Our Hosts

Tim Green
Loretta Green

 

Watch here and below of a little game the Greens like to play, throw the tomahawk.  They like their employees to be survivalists. (That’s a Joke.  They also like jokes). 

They’re fun to work for, and are family oriented, they even had Christopher Felix, age 9 read the Mayflower Compact, even though they have never met him before.  Below is the wording to the Mayflower Compact:

 

 

 

In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are under-written, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of November [New Style, November 21], in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord, King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Dom. 1620.

Just a little information about the Greens, they love the Keys!  Tim loves to make art (see pics below) and spear fishes, they have many friends here in the Keys and they give back to the community too! (See Below).

MARATHON, FL, August 15, 2017 (Newswire.com) – TikiLIVE participated in Keys Area Interdenominational Resources’ (KAIR) Back Pack Drive by donating $2,500 to help provide backpacks and school supplies for children in need in the Florida Keys.

How have I come to know the Greens?  My step dad, Scott Price was hired by the Greens from upstate NY 2 years ago, I came to live here just this year at the end of August leaving an abusive relationship.  I too have come to love the Keys and working towards transferring my CNA license to FL and continuing my education towards getting my nursing degree.  I’m looking forward to the future in the Keys and hope I can contribute to the community as well.  Our family are now setting roots here in the Keys and we’re getting to know the locals, the community, and just how people here pull together in a tough situation.  I found many people here are very giving, my son was invited to the Moose Lodge and after the party they took the children to Kmart with 130.00 in their pocket.  They sent an Angel with them to help them shop and keep track of how much money they spent.  Never in my life have I seen a community come together to make many so many children happy on Christmas.  I know I’m getting off track but this is my experience since coming here, everyone is so friendly, giving, and I now feel I have a place and a family again.  Bottom line the Greens and TikiLive has changed my mothers life, my stepdads life and now mine and my son’s life.  They are a small located in the Keys business that delivers Live TV with DVR features and much more though out the United States  and they’re  still growing!

So If you’re sick of paying too much for you’re cable bill, or tired of giving your money to big corporate cable companies and would rather support a small family run business check out TikiLive! for all your viewing needs!

If you know or see Loretta and Tim Green and are reading this, tell them Blondiepie says Hi!

You can also get TikiLive with Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Android TV, Opera TV, your phone and a google play App, and ChromeCast products.

Christopher Felix who read the Mayflower Compact before dinner.Watch The Tomahawk Throwing

 

 

 

Loretta GreenTikiLive
Chief Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Tomahawk throwing video.

Tim Green – TikiLive.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The drinks were plentiful.

Christopher Felix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Catering was awesome Contact Destiny Island Delight for your catering needs.  Highly recommend them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandma Blondiepie and Stepdad Scott Price

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim GreenTikiLive.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made by Tim Green

 

 

Most of the Artwork you see around the Green’s house is done by Tim Green! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Music by Dan Sullivan was also great!  Well Played my friend, well played.

At the end of the night we all went to the end of this pier and chipped gulf balls into the ocean.

Fun was had by all that Thanksgiving Day, and if you’re ever looking for a cable alternative and paying less you’re in the right spot at the right time. TikiLive is a family run business and an alternative to your high priced cable bill. I’m always seeing posts and hearing conversations about Cable Companies and their greed, well your solution is here. It’s LIVE TV with DVR features. I hope you enjoyed entering our day and I hope you check out TikiLive.

Every year TikiLive takes a boat ride after Fred the Tree is decorated and lit for their Christmas Party!  I have included a few videos of all of us on a boat to visit Fred.

If you live or visit the Keys and you don’t know Fred here is a litttle information from KeysVoices.com

Let’s start a Social Beach Day in the Keys – Get to know our neighbors!

We who live in Key West get bored, we all know we do.  Some of us who are dating never know what to do or where to go sometimes.  Beach date is always nice, but you can only do that so much before swimming and tanning becomes boring too.  To people who don’t live in the nice weather might find that hard to believe, going to the beach wears thin after a while.  But if you bring friends, a little alcohol a cooker and some awesome games and toys, you’re having fun over and over again.

Beaches around Key West should have MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS DAY once a month, and you must bring something with you to do, and one food item and BYOB, kinda like an ice cream social only on the beach.  That sounds grand, it really does.  Getting to know your neighbors is a really good thing, and it doesn’t always have to be at the bar.
Maybe all of us reading this can suggest or help get this done.  One beach in each town once a month for 4 months out of the year, maybe on off season after the tourists leave. My step father can bring the entertainment, he’s a multi-musician. I’ll leave a video here to prove it! Hope you’ll watch!


I have also compiled a few beach idea’s below.  Ordering from my blog, and lets face it most of us in the keys order on line, helps keep my blog up and running.  I think I might save up and order the floating cooler float.

Flying a Kite


Playing beach games







Anchor down with some friends, hang out get a tan, floats with coolers? Oh my!

After the Beach there is aways the Marathon Cinema I’ve been there twice.  If you don’t know by now I’m from Upstate NY and we don’t beer or wine in ANY cinema’s, so that’s pretty cool.

I went and saw Aquaman, it was a really good movie, I recommend it!

History of Key West and the Iguana

When we first moved here before the hurricane hit, we lived at Key by the Sea, which the neighbors and staff were very friendly, I miss living there because of the neighbors, the rec room, and again the people who lived there where great, very neighborly to say the least, anyway although I was told not to, I befriended an Iguana, hey I’m from upstate NY, to me he was great.  I started to love him actually, I know that Floridians find them a nuisance but he had personality, and kept me company during the day. In the morning I would whistle to him and he would show up every time.  I’ll admit, sometimes when he charged at me, he was scary, but he was in a hurry to see me, greet me, or maybe it was the food, but he always ran when other people came around, but was very relaxed around me.  I would hang my laundry out to dry, and he would lay around very close and watch me.  He was never afraid when snapping cloths to hang up.  He just knew I was not going to hurt him.

After the hurricane we came back and our trailer was ruined so we had to move, I haven’t seen him since but our old neighbors said they saw him around which made me very happy to hear he survived.  I miss him.  His name was Charlie and I’m including some videos of him and pics.  Hope you enjoy, and LOVE YOUR IGUANA’S and know that the vacationers find them cool, which is a tourist attraction of sorts, which bring money to the islands, which is always a good thing!


Also while living with him I started a FB Page for him, although I don’t update it anymore here’s the link if interested: https://www.facebook.com/groups/459988644385106/ 

Green iguanas were first reported in Florida in the 1960s in Hialeah, Coral Gables and Key Biscayne along Miami-Dade County’s southeastern coast. Green iguana populations now stretch along the Atlantic Coast in Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties and along the Gulf Coast in Collier and Lee Counties. There have also been reports as far north as Alachua, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River and St. Lucie Counties. However, individuals observed in more northern counties are likely escaped or released captive animals and are unlikely to establish populations, as iguanas are not cold hardy. In cleared habitats such as canal banks and vacant lots, green iguanas reside in burrows, culverts, drainage pipes and rock or debris piles. South Florida’s extensive man-made canals serve as ideal dispersal corridors to further allow iguanas to colonize new areas.

Green iguanas were first reported in Florida in the 1960s in Hialeah, Coral Gables and Key Biscayne along Miami-Dade County’s southeastern coast. Green iguana populations now stretch along the Atlantic Coast in Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties and along the Gulf Coast in Collier and Lee Counties. There have also been reports as far north as Alachua, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River and St. Lucie Counties. However, individuals observed in more northern counties are likely escaped or released captive animals and are unlikely to establish populations, as iguanas are not cold hardy. In cleared habitats such as canal banks and vacant lots, green iguanas reside in burrows, culverts, drainage pipes and rock or debris piles. South Florida’s extensive man-made canals serve as ideal dispersal corridors to further allow iguanas to colonize new areas.

United States

The green iguana is established on Oahu and Maui, Hawaii, as a feral species (despite strict legislation banning the importation of any reptiles)[51][52] and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.[18] As most reptiles carry salmonella, this is a concern and a reason legislation has been sought to regulate the trade in green iguanas.[10]

Due to a combination of events, the green iguana is considered an invasive species in South Florida and is found along the east coast as well as the Gulf Coast of Florida from Key West to Pinellas County.[10][25][53] The original small populations in the Florida Keys were stowaways on ships carrying fruit from South America.[54] Over the years, other iguanas were introduced into the wild, mostly originating through the pet trade. Some escaped and some were intentionally released by their owners; these iguanas survived and then thrived in their new habitat.[53] They commonly hide in the attics of houses and on beaches. They often destroy gardens and landscaping.[53] They seem to be fond of eating a native endangered plant, Cordia globosa and feeding on nickernut (Caesalpinia) a primary food plant of the endangered Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri); additionally on Marco Island, green iguanas have been observed using the burrows of the Florida burrowing owl, a species of special concern, all of which can make them more of a serious threat to Florida’s ecosystem than originally believed.[10][54]

In January 2008, large numbers of iguanas established in Florida dropped from the trees in which they lived, due to uncommonly cold nights that put them in a state of torpor and caused them to lose their grip on the tree branches.[55] Though no specific numbers were provided by local wildlife officials, local media described the phenomenon as a “frozen iguana shower” in which dozens “littered” local bike paths. Upon the return of daytime warmth many (but not all) of the iguanas “woke up” and resumed their normal activities.[56] This occurred again in January 2010 and January 2018 after a prolonged cold front once again hit southern Florida.[57][58]

CHARLIE
CHARLIE


 

Blondiepie’s Key West Style a trip to the beach in Nikibiki Dress

Today 01-15-2019 it’s cold in the Keys.  People are wearing hoodies with them tied up around their heads.  Up north we would be lying out thinking spring has sprung early.  Here in the Keys, it’s winter!

Blondiepie is wearing a Nikibiki dress.  It looks great on the beach or for evening wear.  Shoot it looks good enough to wear as a wedding dress.  Oh No, not marriage, been there done that.  But if you’re looking to get married and looking for a dress, I think this dress would be a wonderful option.  I’m not sure if it’s still available but I added some of Nikibiki dresses from Amazon if you’re interested in fashion.


We are at Sombrero Beach in Marathon Fl.  It was quite cold out that day, but we got some awesome pics.

Jacket is Black Rivet

Amanda (Blondiepie) is wearing a bikini from the brand Mudd

And here is Amanda (Blondiepie) in another swimsuit but we don’t know the brand, but it looks good right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was ca, ca, cold out side that day!  Blondiepie is thinking of writing a song, It’s Rarely Cold In Key West, who wants to be in  the video?


Three Florida kids die after accidentally trapping themselves in freezer

According to Suwannee County Sheriff Facebook Page:

Yesterday evening the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office – Communications Center received a 911 call from a residence on 173rd Place regarding three children that were found not breathing.

Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies along with Suwannee County Fire Rescue (SCFR) personnel responded to the scene where they encountered family members performing CPR on the children. SCFR transported the three children to an area hospital.

Unfortunately, all efforts to resuscitate the children were unsuccessful and all three children died.

The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office requested the Florida Department of Law Enforcement respond to the residence to assist in processing the scene.

Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office Investigators conducted interviews with all of the adults present at the home during this incident, and the preliminary investigation has revealed that the three children, age 1, 4, and 6 years old were playing outside in the yard, when for unknown reasons they climbed inside of a chest freezer that had recently been brought to the residence, but was not yet plugged in or brought inside, when the adult female went inside of the residence to use the restroom.

When the female returned to the yard, she could not locate the children so she woke up the other adult female who was at home, sleeping, preparing to work the night shift, and they began to search the property and an adjacent vacant home for the children.

When they opened the chest freezer, they discovered all three children inside of it, not breathing, and began resuscitative efforts and called 911.

Upon further inspection of the freezer, an after-market, hasp had been installed on the lid in order to secure a padlock on it. It is believed at this time, that when the children entered the freezer, and the lid closed, the hasp fell shut, trapping the children inside. There was no padlock on the freezer.

The Florida Department of Children and Families has also been notified.

The investigation is still ongoing, but at this time, foul play is not suspected. However, this case will be forwarded to the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office for review.

Please take care when disposing your old freezers, refrigerator, or anything that could lock a child in from the inside.  I’ve heard so many sad ending stories about children dying in old appliances.

🌸Weird Key West History including TV show The Dead Files🌸

🌸The Real Sloppy Joe it’s not just a bar in Key West, but named after a real man!🌸

I’ve compiled some Key West history and it’s strange, from a man who lived with a decaying corpse for 7 years to the KKK killings, to the REAL SLOPPY JOE. My search for the macabre in The Keys lead me to Necrophilia and stabbing in  both eyes with a pen in 2017.

From the Sloppy Joe’s website:  see link here:  http://sloppyjoes.com/history/”The official beginning of Sloppy Joe’s Bar, the famous and infamous Key West saloon, was December 5, 1933–the day Prohibition was repealed. The bar was destined to go through two name changes and a sudden change of location before it would become Sloppy Joe’s, seen by millions of visitors to Florida’s southernmost outpost.

“Key West being a bastion of free thinkers even in the thirties, Prohibition was looked on as an amusing exercise dreamed up by the government–and Joe Russell was just one of the enterprising individuals who operated illegal speakeasies. Even Ernest Hemingway, who made Key West his home at the time, slipped over to Russell’s on occasion to buy illicit bottles of Scotch, and the two struck up an enduring friendship.

“When the government’s Great Experiment ended a dismal failure, Joe Russell became a legitimate saloon-keeper-proprietor of the Blind Pig, a droll rundown building that Russell leased for three dollars a week.”

There’s the grave of the real Sloppy Joe – “Sloppy” Joe Russell (1889-1941) who was Ernest Hemingway’s fishing guide and a famous Key West bartender.

While searching Sloppy Joe I ran across Key West History and the KKK.  Which led me to find a segment of The Dead Files which I watch quite often and never saw this episode.  I have included it below, I also found an article in the Sun Sentinel some of which I will post here, but if you want to read the full article you will have to click the read more link below.

🌸KEY WEST’S BLOODIEST CHRISTMAS🌸

Peace on earth, good will toward men – the spirit of Christmas. But not in Key West in 1921.

That year, the holiday season exploded into a tropical wave of violence, culminating in a grisly murder. There were many who participated, yet no one would say who the killers were. No one was ever charged. For the record, the crime remains an unsolved murder, another Key West legend.

That legend lives on partly through two curses: one a voodoo curse on the killers; the other, a curse on the city itself.

BECAUSE HIS FAMILY CAME from the Canary Islands, off the coast of Spain, Manola Cabeza was known in Key West as “Isleno,” the Islander. After serving with distinction in World War I, a decorated Cabeza returned to Key West, where he owned and operated the Red Rooster, described variously as a bar, a coffee shop and a sporting club. It was located on Thomas Street, near a Key West waterfront that knew no shortage of action after the sun went down.

During Prohibition, rumrunning from Havana pumped money into the Key West economy and plenty of forbidden booze into the bars, whorehouses and illegal gambling dens along the waterfront. It was a lawless world, but the muscular Cabeza could take care of any unruly patrons at the Red Rooster. One old Key Wester, Perucho Sanchez, described Cabeza as “one tough, mean hombre.”

One of the women working the waterfront area was a beautiful mulatto named Angela – called a “high yellow” in those days. Black hair and black eyes complemented a complexion described as “silky smooth, cafe au lait skin.”

The handsome Cabeza took Angela off the streets and brought her into his apartment as his common-law wife. They lived together in a second-floor flat on Petronia Street, not far from today’s Ernest Hemingway House.

The Key West of the 1920s was a tolerant, live-and-let-live town. Still, it was a long way south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and there were a few taboos lurking in the tropical shadows. One of them was miscegenation. While a white man could slyly pleasure himself with a black woman, he could not live openly with her without raising eyebrows and, in the Islander’s case, the horsewhips of bigots.

“Isleno began living with a brown – a mulatto girl,” recalled a friend, cigar-maker Norberto Diaz. “They lived in a room right in back of the coffee shop. People talked about his living with a brown, but nobody didn’t really think much about it. I think a man’s got a right to live with any kind of woman he wants to. If he wants to live with a brown, that ain’t nobody’s business but his own.”

The Ku Klux Klan was less tolerant.

ON THE NIGHT OF DEC. 23, 1921, five automobiles, loaded with hooded men pulled up to Cabeza’s home. They went inside and dragged the Islander out to the street, but he fought back, ripping the masks off two of the men, recognizing both.

Read more here at The Sun Sentinal:  https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1994-12-11-9412050130-story.html

Watch The Dead Files Episode and Killed by The Klan below.

🌸More Key West History The Jews of Key West🌸

“The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, and Revolutionaries (1823-1969),” by author Arlo Haskell. Published November 15, 2017 by Sand Paper Press

Long before Miami was on the map, Key West had Florida’s largest economy and an influential Jewish community. Jews who settled here as peddlers in the nineteenth century joined a bilingual and progressive city that became the launching pad for the revolution that toppled the Spanish Empire in Cuba. As dozens of local Jews collaborated with José Martí’s rebels, they built relationships that supported thriving Jewish communities in Key West and Havana at the turn of the twentieth century. During the 1920s, when anti-immigration hysteria swept the United States, Key West’s Jews resisted the immigration quotas and established “the Southern American terminal of the Jewish underground,” smuggling Jewish aliens in small boats across the Florida Straits to safety in Key West. But these and other Jewish exploits were kept secret as Ku Klux Klan leaders infiltrated local law enforcement and government. Many Jews left Key West during the 1930s and their stories were ignored or forgotten by the mythmakers that reinvented Key West as a tourist mecca.

Arlo Haskell’s The Jews of Key West is an entertaining and authoritative account of Key West’s Jewish community from 1823-1969. Illustrated with over 100 images, it brings to life a history that had long been forgotten.

Read More here at The Jews of Key West:  https://www.jewsofkeywest.com/

🌸Even weirder history in Key West, man lives with corpse for 7 years!🌸

 Carl Tanzler, or sometimes Count Carl von Cosel (February 8, 1877 – July 3, 1952), was a German-born radiology technologist at the Marine-Hospital Service in Key West, Florida. He developed an obsession for a young Cuban-American tuberculosis patient, Elena “Helen” Milagro de Hoyos (July 31, 1909 – October 25, 1931), that carried on well after the disease had caused her death.[1] In 1933, almost two years after her death, Tanzler removed Hoyos’ body from its tomb, and lived with the corpse at his home for seven years until its discovery by Hoyos’ relatives and authorities in 1940.[2]

Despite Tanzler’s best efforts, Hoyos died of tuberculosis at her parents’ home in Key West on October 25, 1931.[1] Tanzler paid for her funeral, and with the permission of her family he then commissioned the construction of an above ground mausoleum in the Key West Cemetery, which he visited almost every night.[1][7]

One evening in April 1933, Tanzler crept through the cemetery where Hoyos was buried and removed her body from the mausoleum, carting it through the cemetery after dark on a toy wagon, and transporting it to his home. He reportedly said that Hoyo’s spirit would come to him when he would sit by her grave and serenade her corpse with a favorite Spanish song. He also said that she would often tell him to take her from the grave.[1] Tanzler attached the corpse’s bones together with wire and coat hangers, and fitted the face with glass eyes. As the skin of the corpse decomposed, Tanzler replaced it with silk cloth soaked in wax and plaster of paris. As the hair fell out of the decomposing scalp, Tanzler fashioned a wig from Hoyos’ hair that had been collected by her mother and given to Tanzler not long after her burial in 1931.[7] Tanzler filled the corpse’s abdominal and chest cavity with rags to keep the original form, dressed Hoyos’ remains in stockings, jewelry, and gloves, and kept the body in his bed. Tanzler also used copious amounts of perfume, disinfectants, and preserving agents, to mask the odor and forestall the effects of the corpse’s decomposition.[9]

In October 1940, Hoyo’s sister Florinda heard rumors of Tanzler sleeping with the disinterred body of her sister, and confronted Tanzler at his home, where Hoyos’ body was eventually discovered. Florinda notified the authorities, and Tanzler was arrested and detained. Tanzler was psychiatrically examined, and found mentally competent to stand trial on the charge of “wantonly and maliciously destroying a grave and removing a body without authorization.”[1] After a preliminary hearing on October 9, 1940 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Key West, Tanzler was held to answer on the charge, but the case was eventually dropped and he was released, as the statute of limitations for the crime had expired.[1][7]

Shortly after the corpse’s discovery by authorities, Hoyos’ body was examined by physicians and pathologists, and put on public display at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home, where it was viewed by as many as 6,800 people.[8] Hoyos’ body was eventually returned to the Key West Cemetery where the remains were buried in an unmarked grave, in a secret location, to prevent further tampering.[1]

The facts underlying the case and the preliminary hearing drew much interest from the media at the time (most notably, from the Key West Citizen and Miami Herald), and created a sensation among the public, both regionally and nationwide. The public mood was generally sympathetic to Tanzler, whom many viewed as an eccentric “romantic”.[1]

Though not reported contemporaneously, research (most notably by authors Harrison and Swicegood) has revealed evidence of Tanzler’s necrophilia with Hoyos’ corpse.[1][7] Two physicians (Dr. DePoo and Dr. Foraker) who attended the 1940 autopsy of Hoyos’ remains recalled in 1972 that a paper tube had been inserted in the vaginal area of the corpse that allowed for intercourse.[1][7] Others contend that since no evidence of necrophilia was presented at the 1940 preliminary hearing, and because the physicians’ “proof” surfaced in 1972, over 30 years after the case had been dismissed, the necrophilia allegation is questionable. While no existing contemporary photographs of the autopsy or photographs taken at the public display show a tube, the necrophilia claim was repeated by the HBO Autopsy program in 1999.[9]

Watch the autopsy with Michael Baden I remember watching this years ago.

 

🌸Even more recent in Key West as recent as 2017🌸

A grand jury met Tuesday and indicted Calhoun, 24, who identifies as female, with first-degree murder of Mark Brann, 67, citing also the alleged use of a handgun during a robbery.

The indictment mentions the eye-stabbing and the allegation Calhoun jammed a broken piece of furniture down Brann’s throat.

Brann was attacked early Aug. 14 inside his 1206 12th Street home in New Town, where Calhoun said she often stayed. The two had been having a sexual relationship, she told police.

Calhoun admitted to the attack, saying it started when she accused Brann of being a cannibal and Brann grabbed a gun which went off during a struggle, according to detectives.

No one was shot, police said, but Calhoun then racked the pistol planning to shoot Brann with it but firearm jammed.

After stabbing Brann in the eyes, detectives said, she jammed a piece of wood down his throat and stomped on it, and then grabbed a dresser drawer and beat Brann about the head and throat with it.

“Calhoun admitted [she] went beyond self-defense,” wrote Detective Jeffrey Dean, in the arrest affidavit.

Brann died the next day, having suffered severe head injuries.

Calhoun is also charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, possession of cocaine and possession of hydrocodone.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article179663911.html#storylink=cpy

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Visit The African Queen boat in Key Largo

Visit the African Queen

A small boat with a big history – The African Queen was built in 1912 and has had a rich and varied life, having been used for the East Africa Railway, in the Congo to transport mercenary fights and much later starring in the movie she was re-named after. Someone found the boat in bad shape in Cairo in the 1970’s, then shipped it back to the USA, where it has been restored. She now has a nice quiet life taking curious tourists out on little pleasure rides around Key Largo!

HISTORY OF A CLASSIC

1912 – The african Queen was built in 1912 at Lytham shipbuilding in England. Originally she was named the S/L Livingstone She was immediately shipped to the British East Africa Railways company on the Victoria Nile and Lake Albert. Lake Albert is located on the border of the Belgian Congo and Uganda. She was built in a narrow way to navigate this river and was used to carry mercenaries, missionaries, cargo and hunting parties on their voyages.

1951 – John Huston saw the vessel and commissioned her for the movie he was directing “The African Queen” She was renamed after her starring role.

1968 – The vessel was purchased by a restaurant owner in San Fransisco and brought to the US for charter operation.

1970 – A man called Hal Bailey from Oregon purchased the boat for the price of her boat yard bill and took her to Oregon for charter operation which was so successful he decided to bring her to Florida for year round charter operation.

1982 – In 1982, late attorney (and Bogart buff) Jim Hendricks, Sr., discovered the vessel languishing in an Ocala, Fla., cow pasture and purchased the piece of movie history for a reported $65,000. An equal amount of funds was invested to get the boat operational and Hendricks began offering visitors rides in 1983 while the vessel was homeported at Key Largo’s Holiday Inn.
Among the vessel’s highlights outside of the Florida Keys, Hendricks shipped the African Queen to England for the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday celebration and for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Dunkirk evacuation in the English Channel. It also visited Sydney Australia, New York and Ireland.
In 2001, the African Queen’s engine broke, yet it remained on display for curious tourists and film buffs to view.
2012 – Captain Lance and Suzanne Holmquist signed a long-term lease with Jim Hendricks’ son to restore the vessel in time for her centennial year celebrations. The Holmquists have overseen repairs and have taken pains to date it as it appeared in the film, replacing steel in the hull, replacing the boiler and oiling the black African mahogany to condition the wood. Once finished they put her back into operation as she once was offering canal and dinner cruises in Key Largo.

 

Check out the site to book your African Queen Tour:  http://calypsosailing.com/The-African-Queen

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