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Jan 22nd, 2006, 07:34 AM
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I know that GoTravel had mentioned that also, but it appears that it must be OK now. Several properties are listed as rental by the week along with those that only rent by the month. I won't know for sure until I get the paperwork to sign, but if there is a problem & I have been mislead by the agency, it will definitely be posted here. I appreciate the warning. Liz
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Jan 22nd, 2006, 08:39 AM
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The restrictions against renting for less than a month have been lifted again. This is probably an issue Key West will be dealing with for a long, long time, but weekly rentals are okay - at least for now.
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Jan 23rd, 2006, 05:58 PM
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Susan, Thank you for the info. You have put my mind at ease for now. Hopefully if I sign a contract now it wouldn't affect us in May?? If you know where I would be able to follow any developments regarding this restriction, I will keep an eye on this until we get ready to travel. Do you or anyone else know when & why this restriction was started & why it is just in the Truman Annex? Thanks, Liz
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Jan 24th, 2006, 04:50 AM
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This is a really complex problem - but in a nutshell: Truman Annex was originally built as affordable housing, which is desperatedly needed in Key West. What happened, though, is that out-of-towners bought up the majority of the property as vacation homes with the guarantee they could rent their houses/condos out when they weren't staying there. That did NOT please the year-round residents who found many of the renters to be loud, partiers who "ruined" Truman Annex for everyone.
I can see both sides - the non-residents were assured they could rent their units out, while the residents have a right to a quiet neighborhood.
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Jan 24th, 2006, 05:42 AM
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Just returned from a week in KW. Drove through Truman Annex on the way to the beach (interesting sculpture show on the beach through March)-- TA looks amazingly lovely. Very well manicured, beautiful front porches -- much more character than most places we saw. Also, it would be a very easy walk to the beach or into Old Town for dining.
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Jan 24th, 2006, 07:43 PM
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Susan - thanks much for the history on the annex. It makes much more sense now. I can also see both sides. I spoke to an agent in KW today who said the restrictive ordinance had been lifted. She said this battle had been going on for about 5 years. There are homeowner's associations within the annex that still have their own regulations, but it sounds like weekly rentals should be OK in most of the annex. TC - your description of the annex makes it sound like a nice place to stay. I am anxious to get started on our trip! Liz
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May 7th, 2006, 10:28 AM
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First, let me thank everyone who took the time to answer my earlier posts. I have just returned from the KW (our first trip there) wedding/vacation & had a great experience with renting in Truman Annex & some great dining experiences. I wish we could have stayed longer.

I would definitely try to stay in Truman Annex again as it was quiet but close to the action on Duval if we wanted it. We were close to everything that we wanted to sight-see & walked everywhere with the exception of the larger grocery store, Winn Dixie, on the opposite end of the island. Frankly, Fausto's grocery had everything we needed & was a two-block walk away. Also, the Courthouse deli had great sandwiches & Cuban coffee.

$25 Trolley Tour of KW with Louie as the guide was a great experience. If you see a trolley with Louie's name hanging in it, hop on, you won't regret it.

Blond Giraffe frozen key lime pie dipped in chocolate on a stick was a treat we enjoyed more nights than we should have.

Kermits is another great place for key lime stuff.

Some dining recommendations that you can check out menus on the web:
Breakfast: Blue Heaven - Great food & very friendly staff. Loved bkfst with the chickens!
Dinner: Mangoes; Latitudes on Sunset Key (a perfect 10 dining experience but not a cheap eat)

Great bands: Hogs Breath Saloon & the Green Parrot were hopping every night we passed by. We never made it to Sloppy Joes & I regret that since everyone recommended that we go there.

I was told while in KW that the weekly/monthly rentals disagreement in Truman was recently resolved to allow weekly rentals. But I was also told that the decision was being appealed. I can definitely see both sides of the coin after being there. I will have to say that I saw no loud or unruly behaviour in our area but I would bet that during spring break that is not the case.

Another place where relatives stayed was the Gardens Hotel on Angela Street. This place is absolutely beautiful, well run & maintained. Staff was very friendly & helpful.

Hope this information is helpful to someone else.

Liz
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