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'Mile Marker Zero': A literary look back at Key West's high times

'Mile Marker Zero': A literary look back at Key West's high times

Suddenly, I have a hankering to hoist a beer at Capt. Tony's, on that barstool with Bob Dylan's name painted on it, looking out the door at the free-spirited lifestyle of Key West. Yeah, the scene on Duval Street isn't the anarchistic scene that it was in the days when Jimmy Buffett arrived here as a nobody in 1971. Now, the island vibe is a theme-park commodity, including Buffett's own corporate branding in the form of the original Margaritaville Café. Even so, Key West isn't without its charms, but a new book detailing the history of its wilder days only enhances the appeal of the Conch Republic. William McKeen's "Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable...

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