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 272015
Participating attractions in the Florida Keys are offering free entry or reduced rates during an event presented by tourism officials and WLRN.
Museum and Attractions Weekend is August 28 to August 30. For a voucher to participate in the event, log on to the website for WLRN.
Some of the participating attractions —
Old Firehouse Preservation, Inc.
Audubon House & Tropical Garden
The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
Key West Aquarium
Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center
Key West Art Center
Key West Garden Club at West Martello
Key West’s Oldest House Museum
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Key West
Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House
Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters Museum
Fort East Martello Museum in Key West
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center in Marathon
Pigeon Key in Marathon
History of Diving Museum in Islamorada
The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort in Key Largo



 Posted by on July 27, 2015
Jul 262015

Occasionally, popular attractions offer opportunities for free entry, including Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.

 Florida Keys residents with identification enter free the first Sunday of most months.

The tropical forest and botanical garden is at 5210 College Road, Key West, 305-296-1504

The regular entry frees are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for kids age 11 and younger.

 Photo/Facebook page for Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden



 Posted by on July 26, 2015
Jul 222015

By Patti Roth

Eligible school supplies, apparel and electronic equipment are rung up at the registers without state sales tax during a tax-free event in Florida.

The tax-free shopping week is August 7 to August 16 for back-to-school items and other purchases.

During the week, eligible items are exempt from the regular 6 percent Florida sales tax.

Qualifying items include

  • eligible apparel, shoes, backpacks, purses and accessories that are $100 or less per item
  • eligible school supplies that are $15 or less per item
  • the first $750 for eligible desktops, laptops, tablets and accessories such as printers and flash drives purchased for personal use

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 Posted by on July 22, 2015
Jul 202015

For Anything That Floats event in Key Largo, entry is  free for folks who build their own boats with such funky items as lawn furniture, plastic wrap and pool noodles and for folks who simply watch the fun.

The event is 3 p.m. August 15, with teams signing in at 2 p.m.

Participants, at least age 13, build their own watercraft with permitted repurposed items, and then race the boats in Blackwater Sound outside of Sundowners, mile marker 103.9, with prizes awarded and live music as part of the festivities, 305-451-4502


 Posted by on July 20, 2015
Jul 162015

When out and about in Key West, snag deals at restaurants, attractions and  stores.

Browse the Shell Out Less deals online.

The coupons are  featured on the website for the Chamber of Commerce.

The deals include

— 10 percent off at Island Safari Rentals

— discounts on eligible bookings at Southernmost Point Guest House

— discount for locals at Tavern N Town



 Posted by on July 16, 2015
Jul 122015

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

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

The Morada Way Arts District in Islamorada offers its art walk festivities most third Thursdays. The events are presented by the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, between mile marker 81 and mile marker 82,  phone 305-664-9100

In Key West, the  various art galleries and shops around White Street from Southard to United streets  participate in  The Walk On White Gallery Walk  most third Thursdays of the month,  6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some of the venues may offer refreshments and free entertainment


 Posted by on July 12, 2015