In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Scott Saunders, the CEO, and creator of Fury Water Adventures Key West.

We discuss how Scott almost flunked out of high school, quit college (the first time), and gave up on making anything of himself.

To any outsider, Scott would have been considered a “loser,” but it was that rock-bottom breaking point that caused him to go from zero to hero in one instant.

Have you ever felt unmotivated and didn’t really care about much? Scott did too, and his story will get you looking in the mirror and declaring, “enough is enough!”

**NOTE** We really get into the complete origin story at around the 13:00 minute mark, so stay with us, it’s worth the wait!

More about Fury Water Adventures Key West

TAKE THE ULTIMATE KEY WEST WATERSPORTS EXCURSION WITH FURY WATER ADVENTURES

Key West’s most popular attraction is the crystal blue waters surrounding our island paradise. For almost three decades visitors and locals alike have been choosing Fury Water Adventures as their number one excursion in and on the waters of Key West. Fury’s expertly maintained state-of-the-art fleet of boats will get you out on the water and back again with the utmost safety.

Choose from underwater explorations on one of Fury’s three catamaran Reef Snorkeling boats, thrills in the air on our Parasailing boats, a chance to see marine life without getting wet on our Glass Bottom Boat, or take in Key West’s famous sunset aboard one of our Sunset Sails or our Sunset Cruise.

For the real Key West watersports enthusiast, try Fury’s Combination Packages or Fury’s Ultimate Adventure that includes Reef Snorkeling, Parasailing, Jet Skiing & Kayaking.

At Fury we are dedicated to help keep the reefs we snorkel alive and thriving. Through our affiliation with “One Percent for the Planet,” we donate 1% of our total sales yearly to help restore and conserve our natural coral reefs.

Fury Donates a Percent of all Sales to Reef Conservation.

Website: https://www.furycat.com/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/furykeywest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/furykeywest/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/furykeywest

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/furykeywest/

FURY RESERVATIONS:

Toll Free:  (888) 976-0899 -or- Text:   305-930-8161 

PRIVATE CHARTERS: (877) 561-8825

WEDDING CHARTERS: (855) 847-8221

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down at the Key West Theater with Brianna Gangi, the Marketing Director of the theater and of Rams Head Presents-Key West.

We talk about how Rams Head Presents is adding to the ever-growing music scene down here in Key West, and how up and coming artists are using Key West as a launching pad for their music career.

More On Rams Head Presents

Website: https://www.keywestconcertseries.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keywesttheater/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RamsHeadPresentsKeyWest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KWTheater

More on the Key West Theater

Website: https://www.thekeywesttheater.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keywesttheater/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keywesttheater

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kwtheater

Key West Theater Address

512 Eaton St.
Key West, Florida 33040
305-985-0433

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kassy Burnette and Stuart Damon at The Art Shack, a compound of art galleries and artist studios.

We talked about joining the community, getting a studio spot at The Art Shack, and why Stock Island is starting to emerge.

The Art Shack

We are a community of artists in a beautiful tropical compound! A fun hidden gem & taste of old Stock Island. 6404 Front St, Stock Island

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artshack

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DamonDesignsKW

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with artist, gallery and studio owner, Anna Sweet.

We talk about how she went from photographer to artist and hit pay dirt, her humble upbringing (1 of 9 kids), and how her competitive nature keeps her humble, yet drives her harder than ever to continue to grow.

More on Anna Sweet

Anna Sweet’s work marries a craftsman’s approach to material with an Art Nouveau influence. Known for her luminous underwater nudes, Sweet portrays the ethereal through harmonious modes of painting and photography. By employing radiant minerals and pigments, the artist reimagines familiar elements of nature and the female form, rendering them brilliantly new to the viewer’s eye. 

Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, above her mother’s art gallery, Sweet and her nine siblings were immersed in the art world from a young age. Perennially inspired by the light of the sun and the movement of the body, Sweet’s hand evokes the dynamic sensuality of beauty in motion, capturing transient moments of swim or dance.

Revealing the sensuality and elegance of women throughout the most exotic waters of the world. Sweet engages minerals like mica, diamond dust, and glass on the image, Sweet’s mixed-medium approach offers an otherworldly experience. Sweet’s work mimics elements of her shooting environments and creates “effects like the glisten that occurs when the sun kisses the sea.” The photographic images and encased materials coalesce into a stunning, seemingly three dimensional representation of the subject. The subjects in this series are radiant displays of female beauty.

Anna Sweet Gallery

513 Duval St
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305-916-0578

Sunday-Monday 10am – 9pm
Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 10pm

Anna Sweet Studios

417 Southard St,
Key West, FL 33040

On Social

Website: https://www.annasweet.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annasweetgallery

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annasweetgallery/

Click here to read the full episode transcription: https://backyardsofkeywest.com/anna-sweet-key-west/

We are having a conversation between Mark Baratto and Rich Pesce.  MARK:           This is the Backyards of Key West Podcast and this is a first for me. Normally I go to other people’s businesses and I…

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Rich Pesce to talk about how he started his construction management business in Lower Manhattan months before September 11th, and how he became a real estate investor in three Key West Bed & Breakfast Inns: The Inn on Fleming, Coco Plum Inn Bed & Breakfast, and Key West Bed & Breakfast.

We discuss the mindset needed when starting a business in one of the country’s hardest times, how to navigate the Key West real estate market, and how having the right business partner can make all the difference.

I had the great pleasure of conducting this interview in one of Rich’s homes in Old Town – known famously as the Calvin Klein Home (for the obvious reason 😎).

Web & Social

Website: http://merrickconstructiongroup.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/merrickconstructiongroup/

The Inn on Fleming

Website: https://www.theinnonfleming.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheInnonFleming/

Coco Plum Inn Bed & Breakfast

Website: https://www.cocopluminn.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cocopluminn/

Key West Bed & Breakfast

Website: https://www.keywestbandb.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeyWestBandB/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keywestbedandbreakfast/

Read the full transcribed episode here: https://backyardsofkeywest.com/rich-pesce-key-west/

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with famed Chef Bill Hunt, the new head chef at the even more famous Smokin’ Tuna Saloon.

We talk about big changes happening at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon when it comes to their menu and how his Boston work ethic mixed with his trust in the people that work for him, creates a recipe for success.

The Smokin’ Tuna Saloon

Key West’s premier bustling, open-air hangout featuring 2 bars, and live music on the courtyard stage; and is the musical residence of local musician superstar, Caffeine Carl and The Buzz.

The restaurant and bar features delicious local seafood, tasty drinks, and world-famous t-shirts! Enjoy incredible food from the amazing Chef Bill seven days a week!

Hours

  • BAR: 11am – 2am
  • RESTAURANT: 11:30am – 11pm daily
  • MERCANTILE: 10am – 10pm
  • HAPPY HOUR: 3pm – 5pm

Address & Phone

4 Charles Street, Key West, FL 33040 – Call (305) 517-6350

Website & Social

Website: https://smokintunasaloon.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smokintuna

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smokintunasaloon

To read the full transcript, go here: https://backyardsofkeywest.com/chef-bill-hunt-smokin-tuna-key-west