Coast Blog
May 06, 2014 - May 17, 2014

In the wake of the high season, join COAST and Reef Relief on Friday, May 16th for an evening to celebrate the local waters and folks of our island as things finally return to “normal” for the summer season…

It will be a mellow evening of dancing, drinks, food and plenty of good times at COAST, 6404 Front Street, Stock Island. MC Cous Cous will be serving up his local hits starting around 6pm and the Reef Relief staff will be on hand to speak with anyone interested in joining their mission to protect and nurture the fragile coral reef ecosystems that call the Florida Keys home.

As with all COAST events, “all mellow folk are welcome!” Hope to see you all here…

March 27, 2014

On Tuesday, we held a special spring break boardbuilding workshop for nine great local high school students. The event was made possible by Rob Eggers, a teacher at KWHS, who organized the students, spoke with parents, and even helped a few of the students out to the shop with rides. So before I go any further, a big thanks to Rob for all of the help!

The day started around 1:30pm when students were given an introduction to the COAST space, an overview of the building process and were introduced to the four board shapes that they could choose from — ranging from a small cruising board to a classic longboard. From there, we let the cutting, routering and sanding begin. And to be honest, at that point, I didn’t know what to expect — especially considering most of the kids had never handled the tools we were using…

As it turns out, Nolan O’Connor — our journeyman board builder and shaper at COAST who guided students throughout the whole workshop — and I were seriously impressed, both with the skill, but also the patience and focus that every single student displayed throughout the shaping process. And beyond…

March 17, 2014

Definitely one for the books…

Thanks to everyone for coming out on Saturday for our COAST Vibrations Full Moon Festival. We were stoked to have the dust-flying, foot-stomping anthems of both The Love Lane Gang and The Hackensaw Boys live for such a ridiculously crazy turnout.

We’ll do it again, for sure, but until then, these photos are worth a thousand words.

Thanks to Johnny White from Mile Zero Key West for coming to document the evening!

Mar 14, 2014 - Mar 16, 2014

​We’re pleased to announce a last minute addition to our COAST Vibrations Full Moon Festival line up…

The Hackensaw Boys—one of the nations top bluegrass, Americana acts—will play alongside local favorites, The Love Lane Gang on Saturday, March 15th at the COAST Vibrations Full Moon Festival out here on Stock Island.

There will be food, drinks and plenty of good times starting at 5 pm.

Cover charge is $10

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

We’ve got full moons and boat launches on the horizon, so for us, that means only one thing… Cause for celebration! So join us on Thursday as the COAST Vibrations Concert Series continues with “The Lunar Launch”.

We’ll have our recent projects on display, including Billy Litmer’s ready-to-be-splashed houseboat as well as tunes from our resident musicians, Cayman Smith-Martin and Jeff Clark’s band The Skank.

As always, “all mellow folk welcome” and good times are on the house…

January 02, 2014

Time flies when you’re having fun — or so the saying goes.

It was almost exactly a year ago, on a random run out to the Hogfish, that Ryan and I first saw a dilapidated fishing shack set back on a dusty lot in “downtown” Stock Island. A lonely for rent sign hung on the front door — one that, for all we knew, could have been there for a decade or more and whose phone number had once connected to an old rotary phone that had since been disconnected and forgotten. But there it was, still legible and staring me down as if to say, “pull out that fancy phone you got there and call. I dare you”.

Ten digits and some 30 minutes later and COAST was becoming more than the napkin scribbles I’d dreamed about for the past two years. Rick, the owner, arrived and told us that the old shack had some real history to it — a boatbuilding operation that his family had owned and operated throughout the 80s and 90s explained the fibreglass crust and cured epoxy puddles inside and outside the shanty.

More recently, he mentioned, it was…

Dec 06, 2013 - Dec 20, 2013

​Each Friday leading up to Christmas, we’re holding the 1st Annual COAST Christmas Market!
We’ll be featuring festive flicks, Christmas caroling, holiday gift specials, barrel fires, seasonal drinks, great friends and good times, so stop by from 5:00 pm onwards each Friday evening and get into the holiday spirit!
As far as the films go, we’ll be screening the following line up on an outdoor screen under the stars…

December 6th
* 6:00 pm - Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
* 7:00 pm - National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

December 13th
* 6:00 pm - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
* 7:00 pm - A Christmas Story (with Ralphie)

December 20th
* 6:00 pm - Mickey’s Christmas Carol
* 7:00 pm - It’s a Wonderful Life

We look forward to seeing everyone this Friday, so bring the kids, some drinks and good vibes…

See you here!

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 @ 6:00pm

We’re stoked to kick off the ART! Key West!™ festival on Wednesday, November 27th at 6:00 pm at the ol’ tin shed.

We’ll feature open studios and workspaces of the artists and makers from The Projects while the interior space will transform into a gallery featuring fine and functional art produced entirely on location.

The Projects artists, Nellie Appleby, Adam Russell, Katie Crossland, and Cayman Smith-Martin will display their recent works, while COAST Founder Billy Kearins will use the evening as a chance to display his current surf and skateboard building experiments and exploits.

Said Billy, “In a general sense, COAST is—and will hopefully always be—a work in progress, but that’s not to say we haven’t produced any finished products out here. So we’re excited to present what’s been going, both finished and in the works, so that people can get a sense of the creative energy and potential that we work amongst each day.”

In addition to visual and functional art, the evening will feature live music by Cayman as part of the ongoing COAST Vibrations concert series.

COAST is the only Stock Island venue to be an official part…

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

We’re kicking off the festival season in classic style with a throwback surf party out at the ol’ tin shed.

So wax up your longboards, dust off your tightest surf trunks & roll on out here on Thursday, October 17th.

Live music by The Love Lane Gang, plenty of good times & all the COAST vibes you can handle.

Period dress is encouraged & as always, all mellow folk welcome!

Friday, Aug 23, 2013 @ 6:00pm

We’re humbled to announce that COAST will play host to an exclusive pre-release screening of Cyrus Sutton and‘s latest journey — Compassing.

The event is part of the Compassing Parking Lot Tour and has been limited to 20 select locations worldwide.

The event will start at 6pm on Friday, August 23rd with food, drinks, and live music and the screening will start around 8:30pm. This is a short film, around 30 minutes, so festivities will continue after the final credits.

This film kick-off our Friday Flicks series where we plan to hold movie nights at least one Friday night each month moving forward.

Please share the event with all your friends, and we hope to see you out here at the harbor shop!

Saturday, Jun 01, 2013 @ 4:00pm

On June 1, we opened the doors of our little tin shed with a combined “hurricane-season-and-shop-opening-day” celebration. And it was one for the books! Thanks to everyone who came out for the party — we’ll certainly do it again really soon.

In the meantime, the shop is now open six days a week — Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 7 pm and weekends from 12 pm to 4 pm.

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