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Police Badge Found By Fountain

IMG_1564Finding neat, exciting and different oddities by accident is a very rewarding part of my job. Many times I’ll see a sign, marker, statue or plaque (as in this one), take a photo without ever reading it till getting home knowing that if it’s not blog-worthy material it can simply be deleted. This on the other hand surprised me upon enlarging the commemorative plaque.

I found a Key West Police Officer’s badge none like any other I’d run across mounted above a plaque in front of a fountain. This stand-alone badge made me take note, think and contemplate its message. I’ll let you do the same. Here’s what’s inscribed:

Behind this badge you will meet strength and truth.

Behind this badge you will meet honor and compassion.

Behind this badge you will meet mothers, fathers, sisters, and sons.

Behind this badge you will meet the men and women of the Key West Police Department.

You too can find this Key West Police Officer’s badge and plaque in front of the main entrance to the Key West Police Department at 1600 North Roosevelt Boulevard.

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Robert The Doll

Robert The Doll

Here’s a famous local Ghost Tale for you! Robert the Doll was once owned by Key West painter Robert Eugene Otto. The doll allegedly cursed has become a fixture of local ghost tours and featured on TV’s Travel Channel for America’s Most Haunted.

Eugene was given the doll in 1904 by a servant who was skilled in black magic & voodoo. Soon afterwards it became clear that there was something eerie about the doll. Eugene’s parents often heard him talking to the doll and the doll appeared to be talking back. Although at first they assumed that Eugene was simply answering himself in a changed voice, they later believed that the doll was actually speaking. Neighbors claimed to see the doll moving from window to window when the family was out. The Otto family swore that sometimes the doll would emit a terrifying giggle and that they caught glimpses of it running from room to room. In the night Eugene would scream, and when his parents ran to the room they would find furniture knocked over and Eugene in bed, looking incredibly scared, telling them that “Robert did it!”.When Eugene died in 1972, the doll was left in the attic until the house was bought again. The new family’s ten-year old girl became Robert’s new owner. It was not long before the girl began screaming out in the night, claiming that Robert moved about the room and even attack her.

The doll made an appearance at a paranormal convention in Clearwater, Florida in 2008 making it the first time ever leaving Key West in 105 years. Be aware and heed this warning: If you wish to take a picture of him, you must ask Robert politely or the doll will curse you and your family. Along with the doll, you will find letters written to him including one from former President George Bush. The 1988 American slasher movie Child’s Play, was inspired by Robert the Doll. (True, look it up!)

You can find Robert The Doll at the East Martello Tower Museum in Key West on the southeast portion of town for a $6 fee.

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Oops, Forgot Wife!

Got wife? If so, you better make sure she’s with you in the family camper or car before leaving a fun-filled weekend of camping! 🙂 Look closely at the yellow ‘Check List’ sign: Antenna Down, Steps Up, Sewer Cap On, Wife In Car!

I love humorous signs and this one falls right in there along with another yellow road sign spotted in the Keys that read “Children, They Taste Like Chicken”.

You can find this oddity photo-op just off of US-1 South at Mile Marker 20.0 oceanside. Turn onto road 939B and head into the KOA Kampground finding the sign at the campsites main entrances exit lane.

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Going Down The Lazy River

7175550312_1c5eca7f8f_bWhether it’s kayaking or canoeing you’re into really doesn’t matter because this place has them both!

Seen in the featured photo is another photo, not quite sure where it is… but I know it’s not of the Florida Keys since we don’t have any mountains! 🙂 In the picture below, the colored canoes & kayaks make a great rainbow-type photo with someone from your group kneeling beside or behind them. I didn’t get the exact price to rent either but assure you all they’re not free. 🙂

You can find these kayaks & canoes and other day-long activities all over the John Pennekamp State Park on US-1 at Mile Marker 102.3 oceanside across the street from the CASTLE… you’ll know what I mean once you see it! The park does change an entrance fee per car’s occupants… if I recall, maybe the $3 to $4 range. The park is so well worth the price, bring a picnic and make a day of it, there’s that much here to do!

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Flying High In Key West!

Key West Kite Company

Want to have fun flying a kite, windsock, banner, flag or windspinner! Well then, the Key West Kite Company has every type of kite you can imagine for all ages, from their diamond-shaped kites and easy fliers, to stunt kites, and elaborate box kites and mega deltas.

Their kites come with one or two string configurations all the way to four string parafoils for your advanced kite flyers. When you purchase a kite from their store, it is ready to go—Everything is included, so you can fly the kite immediately. Additionally, they feature accessories for the kites along with advice on any question you may have. 

You can find the Key West Kite Company can be found at 408 Greene Street just down the street from Captain Tony’s Saloon.

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Garden -or- Cemetery?

IMG_0209Though from a distance it looks like a pet cemetery, I assure you it’s NOT! Upon closer inspection it turns out to be the only one of its kind I’ve seen in the Florida Keys! It’s actually a local seafood restaurant’s own herb garden. Now how’s that for FRESH! “I’ll have the blackened Mahi-Mahi garnished with some of those weeds I saw in your garden outside!” 🙂 OK, they wouldn’t appreciate that too much!

So, I ask you my loyal readers, “Does your local seafood restaurant have its own herb garden?”… I bet 99.9% of you answered with a resounding “No!”. Well this one does and that makes it unique enough to be Florida Keys blog-worthy… besides, “IT LOOKS LIKE A PET CEMETERY… and those are always cool!”. 🙂

You can find this stand-alone herb garden at Snapper’s restaurant at Mile Marker 94.8 oceanside. Turn onto Ocean View Boulevard driving about 1/4 mile to Seaside Avenue where you’ll see the restaurant directly in front of you. Parking is FREE and so are the astounding views from their back BAR! 🙂

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Voted BEST EVER Southernmost Sign In The Florida Keys!

Hands down the BEST ‘Southernmost Sign’ EVER in the entire Florida Keys!

OK, I must admit that I was the ONLY judge voting for the ‘Southernmost Sign’ crown and here it is! 🙂 This colorful very large KOA Campground sign is indeed the best of the best ones out there… and I’ve seen dozens.

I’ve reported in the past that there’s a southernmost everything out there: Southernmost Home, Southernmost Motel, Southernmost Furniture, Southernmost Tattoo, and even a Southernmost Cigar Company all vying for the prestigious title in their respective categories.

You can find this BEST Southernmost Sign EVER and photo-op bench just off of US-1 South at Mile Marker 20.0 oceanside. Turn onto road 939B and head into the KOA Kampground finding the sign directly upon entering the campsite.

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