Humans aren’t the only
Key West residents struggling to find long-term housing
Bailey, Tango and Lola, the birds that have lived in the outdoor courtyard at New York Pasta Garden for up to 17 years, have been exiled by the condominium association that governs Duval Square.
From left, Lola, Tango and Bailey have lived at Duval Square for up to 17 years, but are currently in exile due to a dispute with the condominium association board.
“Life is hard enough during this pandemic and the state of affairs in the world without having to worry about losing your business or your home for such frivolous reasons,” Fettis told the Keys Weekly. “Since the lockdown began, this condo association has threatened to revoke our lease on three separate occasions for doing things that have been standard in the restaurant for 30 years, such as not breaking down Sysco boxes in a timely fashion.
“I understand the
concern, but threatening multiple people’s livelihoods for
such things in the midst of this pandemic is unconscionable.
Especially when you haven’t missed a rent payment.”
The July 9 letter from the board’s attorneys states that Fettis’ failure to remove the birds constitutes “a violation of your lease, which prohibits you from doing anything which constitutes a violation of the laws and requirements of any public authority and/or annoys or inconveniences other persons occupying Duval Square….”
The birds remain in exile until the matter is settled by the courts.