I forgot to add that Larry and I did hike the 88 steps to the top of the lighthouse in Key West. Not as tall as some we have climbed!
If it were not for the Navy, the community of Key West would not have as much access to fresh water. It is piped from the mainland, next to the highway. Power is done the same way.
The island was increased 3-fold due to the dredging of a deeper channel for the submarine base. Cruise ships are able to use this channel, too. Needing to dispose of the dredged material, the dumping on the other side of the island increased the acreage.
Because of”Yellow fever”, much has been done for mosquito control. We had absolutely no issues with any type of insect!