Much has been made of the process of gentrification currently under way and inexorable in Key West. Politicians make pious noises about affordable housing but they don't have their hearts in it when it's not election time so nothing gets done. And developers keep building.Southernmost Cabana Resort which are 21 million dollar homes just a stone's throw from Duval Street and sure to generate noise complaints when the part time residents discover how noisy Duval Street can be. Not long ago this was a lot filled with 44 trailers for truly low income people, all swept away:
But it went all wrong, suddenly things weren't up to code it was unsanitary and for the greater good of all concerned better that the trailers be removed and the place cleaned up. That the Spottswood family suddenly took an interest would surprise no one especially as they have connections to the Catholic Church. Because it suddenly became apparent, the church was evicting the low income tenants. I guess they figured that was what Jesus would do. The Blue Paper at the time (2013) had a brilliant editorial on the subject (LINK).