After 25 years in Key West, Jim Gilleran knows residents need a cold beer, a hot meal and a place to reconnect after a hurricane. While most bars and restaurants remain shuttered on Duval Street, Gilleran opened his 801 Bar hours after Hurricane Irma smashed past the island. He’s kept his generator operating since, serving nearly 700-800 free meals a day.
On Thursday, the bar stools were packed with sweaty, unshowered, hungry residents anticipating a steak lunch while staff gave out bags of donated food and toiletries. “Honey, you need anything?” asked a worker carrying a basket of facial wipes, toothpaste and tampons.
aid on the day civilization slowly crept back into Key West, or at least as much as this idiosyncratic city at the very southern tip of the U.S. will allow. – The Palm Beach Post
Take that Joel (Fucking Grifter) Osteen and so called loving Christians who have done nothing.
Hurricane Irma is expected to strengthen again before it fully hits South Florida on Saturday. Key West and the lower keys are going to take a direct hit, according to the latest forecast.
Key West’s offbeat picturesque charm and open, genuinely welcoming atmosphere has always been popular haven among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community . About 30 percent of Key West’s current 25,750 residents self-identify as being part of the LGBT community
Playwright Tennessee Williams is credited with first attracting national attention to Key West’s accepting appeal in the 1940s. Since then, the town’s LGBT community has lived openly and comfortably, freely welcoming visitors to its fun-filled, sun-drenched society.
Other gay and lesbian notables — Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Leonard Bernstein and Elizabeth Bishop, for example — also enjoyed leisure time in Key West, shaping its growing literary and artistic culture.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people and creatures of Key West and South Florida affected by this storm.
It’s nice to know that it only takes a few dozen dead people to keep Kirk (Kirk Kloset Kase) Cameron humble.
“One thing we know about hurricanes — and all weather — is that this is not Mother Nature in a bad mood. This is a spectacular display of God’s immense power. And when He puts His power on display, it’s never without reason. There’s a purpose. And we may not always understand what that purpose is, but we know it’s not random. And we know that weather is sent to cause us to respond to God in humility, awe, and repentance.” – Kirk Cameron speaking from the Orlando International Airport (Men’s Room no doubt. *tap-tap-tap*)