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Marking 25 years

Posted Jul 1, 2011 Posted by 3 Comments

I would to thank all my friends who came to the Ingham to mark my 25 years as Monroe County Historian and our work to preserve history for future generations.  I could not do this alone and everyone there had done their part over the years to help and support this effort.  We must continue our effort to preserve the Florida Keys and its very special history. A special thanks  to Bruce and Patricia Neff and the Historic Marker crew, Bill Verge of the USCG Ingham, Mayor and Mrs. Cates, Rob O’Neal of the Key West Citizen, Anne Rice of the Monroe County Library and all those who took part.

One special guest was my buddy, 5-year old Layton Rice. Hopefully when Layton is my age he can look back and say we did a good job of preserving the Florida Keys and its history. 

Thanks again,

Tom Hambright

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  • Erin Cartwright said:

    Congradulations! You have done fine work for Key West and the library and we love you! Take good care and I hope to see you soon-we are coming down to KW on 8/13 for a few days and I will stop in to see if you are there. You are a treasure and I wish you well!

    Erin Cartwright
    Crofton, Maryland

  • Rick Henzler said:

    Congratulations!I do have a couple of questions.In 1953 there was a movie filmed in Key West and Tarpon Springs called “Beneath the 12 Mile Reef” starring Robert Wagner & Gilbert Roland.There was a bar scene in KW In a place across from Habana Madrid.The establishment in question had a slogan on the bar posts”You hook em,we cook em”.Where was this bar & grille located?Is the building still in existence and what would be the name of this place?Incidently the bar scene in Tarpon Springs where Wagner & Roland celebrate retrieving the Epiphany cross is still in existence as Currents restaurant on Tarpon avenue across from the train station which now houses the Tarpon Springs historical society. By the way I was in KW on wednesday.Somebody suggested I ask you about the bar but it was late.Thanks for your time. Sincerely,Rick Henzler Tarpon Spring,Fl

  • Elisabeth said:

    Just saw this movie yesterday. Thought I remembered the pillar mentioned at either Capt Tony’s or Sloppy Joe’s although the interior looked more like Tony’s. Maybe someone else can help. Looked like some of the harbor scenes were at what is now called the “Historic Seaport” off Caroline.