Saturday, September 17, 2011

Lower Simonton Street

Simonton and Greene streets intersect here, a couple of blocks from the infamous Sloppy Joe's bar.

John Simonton and Pardon Greene were two of the four Anglo owners who bought Key West from Juan Salas who had received the island as a land grant from the King of Spain.

Now they are memorialized by these two strips of asphalt which is more than most of us will get after we are long dead.

The giant dive shop encourages people to come and buy stuff to dive by putting a picture of a disheveled pouty young woman in the window.

The economy of Key West seems more than usually split between businesses that are doing well and those that are not. There has always been a great deal of activity, buying and selling in this town but these days the chances of making a go of a new business in a town that lies it's well established locations seems pretty tough.

I see a lot of commercial for sale signs but I have no way of knowing what is going on statistically compared to past years.

Compared to many local governments things here seem quite stable, with the county assessor even guesstimating increasing property taxes after years of declines in the city.

It doesn't seem like we are going to get any help from the state or the Feds so we have to keep hoping the tourists will continue to come down in droves to to spend their money.

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