I have been a police dispatcher in Key West for 15 years and yet every year, even now a new place pops into my consciousness. Now I know Lake McKillip exists. I have also discovered the man it was named for died just about a month ago at the age of 84. All this because I was wandering at random through New Town.
The Citizen reported a year ago on the naming of this stretch of what is technically the Salt Run Creek that runs across the middle of the city and Mandy Miles included an interview with the 60 year resident at a home across the street from the Lake.John McKillip can still remember that it was a Wednesday when he and his wife moved their 4-year-old son into the home he’d built at 10th and Fogarty in 1960.
According to the obituary in the Citizen McKillip fought to keep the lake view open in his neighborhood and was surprised when his work was rewarded by a surprise announcement from the city commission naming the lake for him.