Nation: Key West: The Last Resort

Storm over development at land's end

What they're trying to do is starve you Conchs out of here so they can burn down the shacks and put up apartments and make this a tourist town. That's what I hear.

—Ernest Hemingway, To Have and Have Not

The old-time natives of Key West —such as Harry Morgan, Hemingway's one-armed rumrunner, who was played by Humphrey Bogart in the movie —are known as Conchs, after the crusty mollusks that abound off that southernmost Florida island. Like Morgan, they are given to drinking in seedy bars, fishing in...

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