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Posted by myjigs on February 12, 2010

There are only a few shrimp boats left in Key West

We just returned from a three week Florida painting trip.  ‘Spent one morning painting what is left of the Key West shrimp boats on Stock Island.  It was nice to get back there and talk to the guys on the waterfront.  They’re a little different crowd than you find on Duval Street.  The old boats are being displaced by pleasure boats, and the old workshops are being converted into condos.  The place is getting all gussied-up, but I miss the old days when there was more junk and it smelled bad.  The place has lost some of its soul, but there’s no sense in getting all sentimental about it.  I wonder what happened to some of the old characters like Monkey Tom.  I hope he’s at peace somewhere with a can of beer and a cigarette.


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