Key West, Florida Pritam Singh's Strange Career

An eccentric developer brings good taste to a tacky island

At 9 o'clock on a weekday evening, having just flown in from his Vermont retreat, following the previous week's human rights mission into the hills of El Salvador, Pritam Singh is touring the best piece of real estate on Key West: the Truman Annex, a former Navy property where Harry Truman had his Little White House.

Singh owns the place now, and one is unsure which jarring and inapposite piece of his biography best begins to explain him: That he is a former SDS organizer who is building a Ritz-Carlton hotel? Or that he is a developer whose fondest wish is...

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