It's funny how incomers like to boast that Key West is closer to Havana than to the nearest Walmart store, while at the same time Conchs (native Key Westers) moan about the lack of big box stores to feed shopping desires in these small islands. Developers never sleep, it seems and they have been burning the midnight oil trying to figure how to make these islands more shopper friendly. Marina developments are planned for Truman Waterfront and Stock Island and more homes are announced on Key Haven across from the Shell gas station. Gentrification? Bring it on! And even if it doesn't really count as gentrification development is always welcome in the Keys, apparently. The county commission has approved in principle the permitting of almost 3500 new houses over the next decade as part of the controlled growth plan for the county, where the "controlled" part of the equation is a euphemism for anything goes.
It's been on the rumor circuit for some time but originally they said a new strip mall was coming to Stock Island next to Burger King bringing a new chain pharmacy with it. The most recent planning notice was stuck on an obscure corner of the other empty lot on Stock Island, closer to Key Haven. Considering Key West already has three CVS pharmacies and two Walgreens, not to mention one of each on Big Pine at Mile Marker 30... What a sickly crowd we must be in these healthful islands.
The newspaper has also reported contefforts to build a big box store on Boca Chica, Mile Marker Ni to the Naval Air Station. The nature of that store is not disclosed but the rumor mill is betting on Walmart coming to town. I don't shop a Walmart when on the mainland because I don't think the Walton family has done small business in this country any favors but I know a lot of people are on their knees praying novenas to get such a store down here. Two sides to every issue and two sides to every discussion. At least two in the Fabulous Florida Keys, where progress is as old fashioned as cookie cutter strip malls.