Patti Roth scouts out state and national deals, discounts and coupons for our readers, finding the real deals and presenting them in an easy-to-read format. A veteran newspaper and magazine writer and a longtime South Florida resident, she has written for The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Travel and Life, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and

Jul 242016

General entry tickets for a tasting festival at Key West BrewFest are $10 less expensive if purchased before the event.

BrewFest includes various events is September 1 and September 5.  The tasting festival is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. September 3 at South Beach, 1405 South Beach. The price for general tickets is $40 before the event or $50 at the door. Information about when tickets go on sale and how to purchase them is on the BrewFest website.


 Posted by on July 24, 2016
Jul 242016

The Studios of Key West offers free entry to its art galleries and free open house events.

The galleries, which display work by local and international artists,  are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. most Tuesdays to Saturdays.

The  open house events are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. first Thursdays of most months, except September

The venue is at 533 Eaton St., Key West, 305-296-0458


 Posted by on July 24, 2016
Jul 222016

The Key West Express ferry offers opportunities for discounts.

The ferry whisks travelers between Key West and Fort Myers Beach. Occasionally, a ferry also rolls between Key West and  Marco Island.

Discounts are offered for those booking early.  Round trip tickets for adults purchased at least eight days early are $125 Mondays to Thursdays, a savings of $30. Round trip tickets purchased at least eight days early are $140 for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, a savings of $15. Round trip tickets purchased at least four days early are $140, a savings of $15. Group rates are offered for groups of at least 15.

Please note that  discounted fares are not refundable. Most of the monetary balance may be used for travel another time. A  $25 fee for no-shows and modifications applies. For information,  phone 888-539-2628 or log on to the website.

 Posted by on July 22, 2016
Jul 162016

Free programs at an attraction in Islamorada feature speakers discussing interesting topics related to the ocean and diving.

The  free events at the Diving Museum are 7 p.m. most third Wednesdays of the month.

Coral Restoration Foundation is featured June 15.

The diving museum is 82990 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 305-664-9737

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 Posted by on July 16, 2016
Jul 142016

Stroll among art galleries and shops at free art walk events in The Florida Keys.

The art walk festivities in Islamorada are most Third Thursdays of the month, about 6 p.m.

The Morada Way Arts District in Islamorada offers its art walk festivities 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. most third Thursdays. The events are presented by the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, between mile marker 81 and mile marker 82,  phone 305-900-9023



 Posted by on July 14, 2016
Jul 112016

Folks who buy fares online for Old Town Trolley in Key West save a few bucks.

The fee for the sightseeing tour for teenagers and adults is $30.45, or $27.41 online. For those age 62 and older and military personnel, the fee is $27.30, or $24.57 online. Youngsters ride for free.

Information and ticket purchasing opportunities are on the website.


 Posted by on July 11, 2016
Jul 102016

By Patti Roth


For a bit of savings on apparel, footwear and school supplies, Florida offers a tax-free shopping weekend in which eligible items are exempt from the usual 6 percent sales tax.

The tax-free weekend is August 5 to August 7, and is valid on eligible items bought for students and other shoppers.

Eligible merchandise includes

  • select school supplies $15 or less per item. Examples of tax-exempt items include lunch boxes, legal pads and pens.
  • clothing, footwear and some accessories $60 or less per item. Examples of tax-exempt accessories include purses, wallets and ties.

Information and printed lists of tax-free items is on the Florida state website.

 Posted by on July 10, 2016