Irma Interviews

Today, we bring you three interviews from local business people from throughout the Lower Keys. They share stories about their careers, how they arrived in the Florida Keys and how Hurricane Irma affected their lives, personally and professionally.


Troy Talpas General Manager-Hotel Perry Key West

This Pennsylvania native arrived in the Keys having an extensive list of hospitality management credits. He has worked for Disney, Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues, just to name a few. As he was about to transition from a 3 year tenure as manager at Little Palm Resort to General Manager at Hotel Perry Key West, Hurricane Irma arrived…


Denise Bays President-Patience Accounting & Tax Services

A New England native, Denise has lived in the Florida Keys for 35 years. Hurricane Irma was the first storm that prompted her to evacuate, the day before it arrived. Her extensive interaction with local businesses and civic groups, along with her lengthy residence in Big Pine Key provides her with broad perspective on the impacts of this storm…


Quincy Perkins Filmmaker, Director-Key West Film festival

Conch, traveler, adventurer, local filmmaker and founder of film and photography festivals. Quincy talks about his a career, running a business in Key West and about how he and a group of friends leveraged satellite communication technology to share post-Irma information with the “outside world”, when communication infrastructure in Monroe County was destroyed.