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    State House Addresses Florida Vacation Rentals

    By Dr. Marvin | March 29, 2024

    The Florida House of Representatives has approved a bill that will impact the Florida vacation rental industry by handing more regulatory power over to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Critics say the bill preempts local regulatory capabilities and infringes property owners’ rights. Key West Vacation Rentals The Monroe County Special Vacation Rental […] Read More

    Key West Pulls the Crowds

    By Dr. Marvin | February 23, 2024

    Booming visitor numbers show that a Key West vacation features on more and more wish lists all the time. In 2023, Florida Keys visitors stayed an average of 5.3 days, and from an estimated 4,451,967 overnight visitors to the Keys, Key West pulled in 46.47%. Not bad for a tiny island! Small Island, Big Attraction […] Read More

    Key West Real Estate — 2024 in Review

    By Dr. Marvin | January 26, 2024

    The good times roll on as Bascom Grooms Real Estate welcomed in 2024 with a New Year Kick Off and Awards Dinner. The team got together over refreshments and a delicious meal to talk story, celebrate the great year just past, share the excitement of a busy year ahead, and highlight our colleagues’ 2023 accomplishments. […] Read More

    Lighting Up Land and Sea in Key West

    By Dr. Marvin | December 15, 2023

    The holiday season always rushes by, and it seems like the Thanksgiving leftovers are barely finished off before winter is here. But while the weather up north is frightful, the Key West climate’s delightful, and since we will never have any snow, put on your shorts and watch our Christmas lights glow. Getting Lit for […] Read More

    Another Southernmost Holiday Season

    By Dr. Marvin | November 15, 2023

    Balmy tropical breezes and uncrowded streets mark the entry of November, and with the departure of our bike-riding Halloween zombies, as the Fantasy Fest confetti is beginning to settle, Key West swings into holiday mode and the run-up to a Thanksgiving leap into a packed island holiday calendar. Holiday Time in Key West In a […] Read More

    Party Time in Paradise

    By Dr. Marvin | October 15, 2023

    Time flies when you’re having fun—cliché but so apropos when living on Key West time, and now here we are spooling up for the traditional lift off of another hectic holiday season with the legendary Key West Fantasy Fest 2023 edition: Uniforms and Unicorns: 200 Years of Sailing into Fantasy. The Anniversary Celebration Rolls On […] Read More

    It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

    By Dr. Marvin | September 15, 2023

    On the first day of this month, grief broke over Key West like one of our passing thunder squalls when word came that iconic 1970’s-vintage local and beloved tropical tunesmith Jimmy Buffet had set course on his last long reach over the horizon. Key Westers will never forget the man and his music. Mourning in […] Read More

    A Perfect 10

    By Dr. Marvin | August 15, 2023

    Running on a streak hot as the sultry Key West summer weather, Bascom has pulled down his 10th straight Key West People’s Choice Awards win for Best Realtor. Thanks go out to our many great supporters whose votes once again propelled Bascom to the winner’s circle and also earned the Bascom Grooms Real Estate Team […] Read More

    One for the Record Books

    By Dr. Marvin | July 15, 2023

    It looks like Key West chefs Kermit Carpenter and Paul Menta pulled it off, blending over 16 gallons of Key lime juice, a touch (100 gallons) of sweetened condensed milk, and 125lbs of graham crackers to create a Key Lime pie measuring 13.14 feet across, beating out the previous record of 12.25 feet set in […] Read More

    Happy Pride Key West

    By Dr. Marvin | June 15, 2023

    Summer in Key West heats up as we move well into June and the Month of Pride, with cool events, fun parties, and the always eclectic Key West scene keeping the long hot days flying by. For the so-called off-season, Key West is one hopping, happening hometown, and it is getting kind of hard to […] Read More