The Old Town Fire station was built on the site of the former city hall on Simonton Street at Angela. Key West has the largest wooden historic neighborhood in the US, which is pretty as I have tried to show over the years on this page. As a fire hazard it is a torch. The fire department takes any possible report of fire, a smell of smoke even, very seriously.
In the 19th century when homes were fed by fires and light by lanterns and candles fires in urban centers were common and Key West burned down once but nowadays electrical codes make fires a rare occurrence, not impossible but rare. This fire station can respond to as report of fire in a couple of minutes and I've seen them do it. Which makes the new fire station a reassuring presence.
Rusty fears chickens and when we park in their parking lot it's like they know it and close in.
Winter sees more homeless people oddly enough as they seem to ride the rails south just like their housed counterparts. However winter residents call them in all the time to get them moved on and the new managers of the shelter are keeping it open twenty four hours so I hope that will help. Key West's winter weather attracts everyone inevitably and not having a place to live is not necessarily a deterrent.
Those picturesque wooden houses...
And look up to the skies this election day and see what the gods may bring. Peace and harmony seem out of reach.