Thursday, April 25, 2013

Key West Bight And Change

Everyone needs a souvenir of their trip to Key West. We are between tourist ugh seasons right now, with the winter visitors gone and the summer families not here yet, so right now you can hear people with odd foreign accents walking around admiring our fair city. Mostly they're Germans, the only people it seems across the pond who aren't yet facing bankruptcy. When their turn comes I wonder who will visit in the off season.

Key West is an amazing town, always finding a way to sell itself, and after going bankrupt in the Great Depression never forgetting tourism is literally it's life blood.

A bight in nautical language is a loop of room or an indentation in a coastline such that boats might take refuge there. The Key West Bight used to be home to commercial boats, first traders then shrimpers and now tour boats. Fascinating stuff for some little visitors:

In order to draw more visitors there is a plan, outlined in the newspaper to hold a tall ship regatta and the organizers had to go public in order to ask for a reduced docking rate to help it get off the ground. Better that than more cruises ships and sailing boats do actually have something to do with Key West's history.

Schooner Wharf has rebuilt the old bit that got burned and is now open for extra waterfront business.

I cannot say I find the extension attractive or thoughtfully done but I expect it will blend in nicely with the hotel that is to be built on the open space next door. It certainly doesn't look like it belongs to the waterfront funk of "the last little bit of old Key West."

This part of the world is going to undergo refurbishment by the city to please the hotel development so things will look quite different quite soon. Gentrification moves apace!

But no doubt it will draw people and bicycles and money and those who grumble about bike paths and flower beds and turning circles will get used to the changes in time and then grumbling will turn to other changes planned.

Change is exemplified by the waterfront market building, supposedly going to become a pub. All part of change that will improve our quality of life, they say. I'll be back to take more pictures as it goes, then I'll look back at these pictures and remember how it was in the "good old days." Harrumph.


Garythetourist said...

Just think of all those opportunities you missed to turn around and photograph the Galleon. So close....yet so far.
See ya in a few weeks,

Conchscooter said...

I am a tease.