Archive for October, 2012

Key West Web Cams – MOTM

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Don’t miss anything. Web cam listings for Key West

Smokin’ Tuna Saloon Cam

Rum Barrel Cam

The Green Parrot Cam

Hog’s Breath Saloon Cam

On the Road to Key West

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Thursday night was a kickoff for our vacation. We went to the Turtle to relax a little
before we hit the road bright and early Friday morning. Matt was working and Barry also stopped in. He is totally enjoying his time in Destin. Tony was there too. We didn’t stay too long.

Friday was a travel day. We hit the road about 6 am on the way to Port Charlotte. It was a easy trip. We made it in about 7 1/2 hours. Not bad. We got checked into our hotel. It is an Old Florida type of place right on Charlotte Harbor. After check in we went to the Nav-a-Gator. Mike Broward was playing. We saw a lot of friends including Fred and Sara. It was a lot of fun.

Saturday we got up and had a Bloody Mary at a Tiki Bar. Wayne, David, Carolyn and Jerry were all there. In the afternoon we went to hear Jim Morris and the BBB. It was an outdoor show. The weather was great and everyone had a blast.

Saturday night we all met at Sidebar in Punta Gorda. We ate and listened to Gerri and
Kerri. A good duo. We left and went to another bar that had a band and halloween contest. It was crazy in there but fun.

Sunday is going to be a more laid back kind of day. We will probably head to the Nav-a-Gator to hear a new band called Southern Drawl. The weather is perfect in this part of Florida. I know the east coast is getting hit with a hurricane but the sunshine state is living up to its name.

No pictures till we get back. This blog is early but tomorrow we will be on the road to Key West. See ya’ll Thursday from the end of the road!

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2012 Tour Ends in Las Vegas

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed the last show of the 2012 Lounging at the Lagoon Tour at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last night. The set list from the show is now available.

No tour dates are available for 2013 as of right now. Buffett has announced he will be returning to Australia in March/April of 2013 for a bigger tour with his full band.

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Book Signing at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon

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Key West-Themed Authors John H. Cunningham, Andy Forsyth and Michael Haskins to Host Book Signing at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon on November 2

Who:  Authors John H. Cunningham, Andy Forsyth and Michael Haskins at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon.


In early November, the Parrotheads will touch down on Key West for the 21st annual Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) 2012 festivities, and island-themed authors John H. Cunningham, Andy Forsyth and Michael Haskins will host a signing and reading from their recent releases at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon on Friday, November 2.

Cunningham, creator of the Buck Reilly Adventure Series, will read from his recently released novel GREEN TO GO, where Buck’s hunt for missing treasure pits him against a crazed mercenary, Peruvian rebels, rogue Cuban Secret Police and a beautiful woman torn between turning him over to the authorities or succumbing to his easy charm. For more information, visit

Readers will enjoy Forsyth’s Trop Rock Songs Stories and Tales, a non- fiction read detailing the stories as told by trop rock singer/songwriters about their songs. For more information, visit Fans of the Mick Murphy Key West mysteries will get to hear Michael Haskins read from Stairway to the Bottom, a fast-paced read in which Mick faces off against a hit man. For more information, visit

Where: Smokin’ Tuna
4 Charles Street
Key West, 33040

When: Friday, November 2 from 1-3pm

Contact: Ann-Marie Nieves at Get Red PR: 914-461-360 /

Buffett Performs for the first time in Boise!

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise Idaho last night as part of the “Lounging at the Lagoon” Tour 2012. The show marks Buffet’s first ever appearance in Boise.

The set list from the show is now available. Some changes included “We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About” and “Lovely Cruise”.

The Idaho Statesman has an article: “Live! Parrotheads party with Jimmy Buffett

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Prelude to a road trip

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This week has been mostly preparation for our upcoming trip to south Florida and Key West. We leave tomorrow morning for three days in Port Charlotte. Then it is off to Key West for a week for the Parrothead gathering, Meeting of the Minds. Needless to say we are excited and looking to meet up with our Parrothead family. Sunshine Cindy spent Monday getting some supplies for us to bring down. She also has been working on her packing. Why does it take women weeks to pack? I can be done in about 20 minutes. LOL

I spent Monday working on bookkeeping while watching some baseball and Monday night football after I took a bike ride. Still trying to keep the workouts going. We have all the merchandise we are bringing in crates and ready to be loaded. It’s all coming together.

Tuesday I went out for a while. Sunshine Cindy wanted to stay in and do some more packing. I stopped in at the Rotten Apple. Rose was working and they had my Yuengling Light beer. Yeah! We will get together with Rose when we get back to get them up and running on the web site. They are excited about it and so are we. I saw Cliff from Aloha there and the commandant from the Legion post was also having a beer there.

I left there and stopped in at Landshark Pizza. Stephanie and Bear were working. Kirby and James were there having a beer. We talked for a while. I ordered some wings and they were great as usual. It was slow there as was the Apple. I guess it is a down time in town right now. But that makes it nice for the locals who want to get out and not have to fight all the tourist.

Wednesday was packing day for me. I stopped at Landshark on the way home from work to pick up a pizza. They do a great job with their pizza’s. After Sunshine Cindy and I ate, it took me about 30 minutes to get packed. I am traveling pretty light this year. Then it was on the computer to catch up on some stuff and watch the world series game. Tonight (Thursday) we are meeting Barry at the Tipsy Turtle. We want to get into our vacation mode quickly. Friday morning we will be off and running.

I plan to try and keep my Monday / Thursday blog schedule but it might not be right on time. We are bringing a laptop but I am not a geek so no telling how this will turn out if at all. LOL For those going to Key West, we will see you at the end of the road. All you other folks can enjoy it through our eyes! See ya Monday!

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Buffett Performs in Seattle

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at the Key Arena in Seattle WA on Tuesday night. The set list from the show is now available.

The Seattle Times has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett takes KeyArena fans on a Caribbean musical trip

Thousands of Buffett fans in pirate costumes, parrot hats, shark-fin caps and other Caribbean-themed accessories crammed KeyArena Tuesday night to act out the words to “Growing Older But Not Up,” recorded in 1980 but perhaps even more relevant today.

The 65-year-old star of what was once dubbed “gulf and western” — an irresistible blend of country music and Caribbean vibes — hadn’t performed in the Seattle area in nine years, making his “Lounging at the Lagoon” show one of the season’s hottest tickets. Fans greeted his entrance with a thunderous roar worthy of a shipload of buccaneers.

Buffett (in T-shirt, shorts and bare feet) and his 11-piece Coral Reefer Band filled a sprawling stage decorated to look like a beach-side bar. Behind the stage, a massive screen suitable for a drive-in theater displayed colorful video of Caribbean locales, as well as clips of swimming “mermaids” from a Florida tourist attraction that has been in business since the 1940s.

Before he left the stage, he promised not to wait another nine years to perform in the Northwest. “How about the Gorge next year?” he said to loud applause.

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Destin’s perfect weather

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When you look up in the dictionary what the meaning of “perfect weather” is they just point to the past weekend we had. When you have low humidity, no clouds, highs about 80 and lows about 60 then you have reached the perfect zone! Sunshine Cindy and I went out to eat Friday night a La Famiglia. This is one of our favorite places in Destin. La Famiglia is the real Italian deal. Owned by a family that is from Rome (Italy, not Georgia) you feel like you are in the heart of an Italian city. We were stuffed by the time we left.

We walked down to the Tipsy Turtle. On the way over we ran into Paige and a girlfriend of hers. Paige was decked out in Camo. They were heading to the Mullet Festival later so she wanted to be warm. I joked no one would see her. We also passed Jack and chatted with him for a bit. At the Turtle Julie, Wayne and Barry were all hanging out. There was going to be a surprise birthday party there for Tony so there was a good crowd. Matt was busy behind the bar. We were getting ready to watch the Cards game on TV while waiting for Tony. Kenny and Scott showed up. Wayne kept saying he was hungry and he was surprised Sunshine Cindy didn’t bring any snacks. Tony and his GF showed up and the party was on. It was a fun evening.

A lot of stuff was going on around town on Saturday. The Monster YOLO paddleboard race in the harbor was going on. At the Village of Baytowne Wharf they had a beer festival. Of course the Mullet Festival was going on in Niceville but the best time (in my opinion) on Saturday was on the beach at Pompano Joes for a bonfire sponsored by the ECPHC. Sunshine Cindy and I got there early and stopped at Pompano Joes for some food. A good crowd was in there watching some football and enjoying the perfect weather. By the time we finished and walked down the beach there was a big crowd already gathered. By the time it was in full swing there must have been 80 or 90 folks show up. It was fun as we stayed out there till about 11 pm.

Sunday’s in Destin can be laid back or it might be a full blown party. It just depends on the time of the year. This past Sunday was laid back. I took a morning bike ride to get the day started. After Sunshine Cindy and I worked on Mambo stuff I decided to head to the harbor to see Steve at the Hawaiian Ice booth to close out our T-Shirt sales for the year. He will be open a few more weeks but with us being gone we felt it was time to reconcile for the year. Cindy was going to Julie’s for more Mambo business. While I was on the harbor I stopped at the Turtle for a few brews. Motorcycle Pat was there. I usually see him at KC’s. It was good seeing him down on the harbor. Scott, the head bartender at The Back Porch was there too. He and Matt are old friends. He was a trip.

While there Tony, Amy, Paige, Tommy and several others all came by. I was ready to head home to pick up Sunshine Cindy when I got a text from Wayne. He, Barry and Capt. John had sailed to the Boathouse and they were there having dinner. I stopped in for a few minutes to chat with them. I saw Jack there too. I went home and we went to Sago Sports bar for some food and to watch some football. Steph was behind the bar and a decent crowd was there. They have their 100 inch TV’s working now too. They are so cool. It was a perfect end to the weekend.

This week we put the final touches on our trip prep. Have a great week. See ya Thursday!

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Featured Artist – Rudy Cox & Preston Hamilton (P&R Project)

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Rudy Cox & Preston Hamilton

“taking over the world, one party at a time”

Preston’s originally from California and grew up outside of Bakersfield…this was obviously a big musical influence. Growing up seeing many of the great guitar players come through town had a huge impact and made guitar playing an absolute must!

I grew up in the Ft. Lauderdale area singing and playing bass or acoustic guitar in clubs, studios and tiki bar from a young age. Always looking for songs with stories and great vocals. When something is relatable people respond. That’s the key!

We’re an acoustic duo playing throughout South West Florida. We play a mix of trop rock country blues and classic rock designed to get you moving, grooving and having a good time! Our focus is on songs to interact with the audience and evoke a response. Irish Pub meets the beach!

We first got together a year and a half ago in a band project and have been friends and band mates ever since. Our musical influences range from Haggard and Jones to Buffett and Marley. It’s all feel good music and that’s what gets you moving and helps to get the party started.

We’re working on our first CD together and hope to have it pressed in the next several months. Hopefully, a digital release before that.
Booking: Rudy Cox – 239-699-7754

On Island Time in Paradise with WFR – Tortola

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October 21, 2012

Sunday morning in Road Town Tortola.  This is a beautiful Caribbean town nestled on a harbor between hills.  Almost like a bowl, this small city rests  serenely by the harbor and then meanders up into the hills around it.  Last Wednesday when we arrived, was the first time I ever laid eyes on this picturesque bit of geography. Road Town is the Capital of the British Virgin Islands and has a long history that can be seen in her streets, her alleys and most of all in her people.  This town is the center of commerce, government and all that makes up tourism of these islands.  Since we have been here we have seen both the extremely upscale tourist areas and the beautiful local haunts where it seems if you wait quietly, long enough you might catch a glimpse of the pirates and winches that once gathered here.  From what I have been told this entire town burned about 150 years ago so, almost all of the “old” buildings in town are less than 150 years old.  It is difficult to tell the old buildings from the newer ones at times, but really is in the wood frame buildings that you find the story of the life of this town.

Since we arrived earlier in the week, we have embraced the locals and they have done likewise.  It is not unusual for us to be invited in the homes of the people we meet wherever we visit.  It is no different here.  Last night we had plans to dine out on the town and found ourselves at an open-air bar where the two bartenders, a local couple invited us to dine with them in their home.  Dinner wasn’t until very late since they worked until 10:00 p.m.  We asked what we could contribute and James directed us to a market for fresh fish, veggies and fruit.  We asked what they would like to drink and they told us about an inexpensive Spanish wine they like.  It was a Pinot Grigio and because it was so inexpensive we purchased a couple of bottles and joined them at around 11:00 p.m. at their place on the side of a hill overlooking the harbor.  We grilled fish and veggies and enjoyed a fabulous bowl of mutton stew that Marlena cooked in a pot over the stone grill on their patio.  We enjoyed the wine and the food and the conversation until almost 4:00 this morning when we headed back down the hill to our sailboat.  Sweet Pea was still sleeping on the boat when I came ashore to buy some fresh breads and juice.  I did better than that.  I have found a little shop near a well-known hotel that is equally well-known for its pastries. While I am writing this they are putting together a small package of stuffed breakfast pastries.  They are grinding some locally roasted coffee that will be very welcome to Sweet Pea when I arrive and wake her.

Ah, my package is ready so I am ending for now.  It is time to pay for my goods and head back to the boat and the arms of my sweet wife.

In closing I think I should tell you, if you decide to visit here, you can come by cruise ship but, I would suggest you fly down or sail down so you can spend more time here than the cruise lines will afford you.  Though the city is small, there are more than enough sights and activities here to occupy you for weeks.

William Fair Roberts … on island time in paradise