“The Chief”  (Vintage Collection)
“The Chief”  (Vintage Collection)
“The Chief”  (Vintage Collection)
“The Chief”  (Vintage Collection)
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“The Chief” (Vintage Collection)

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vintage feel….keep it 70’s KW, we tried to make this look and feel as close to the original as possible 

In Sept. 9, 1975, William Osterhoudt, a local school principal, looked out at an implausible scene unfolding at the pink house belonging to his neighbor on United Street.

Key West Fire Chief Joseph "Bum" Farto, wearing his trademark rose-tinted glasses, began to drive away in his lime-green luxury automobile, complete with spread-eagle gold hood ornament and front license plate bearing the words El Jefe, Spanish for "The Chief."

Suddenly a car pulled in front of Farto. At the same time another blocked him from the rear. Men in business suits hustled him out of his car. The principal could tell they were out-of-towners. They were wearing ties on a hot September morning.

A tow truck arrived and the principal watched as the flashiest car on the island was towed away. What, he wondered, are they doing to the fire chief? He called the police. They too were baffled.

Six months later the whole town was wondering what had happened to El Jefe.

Profits go to support Reef Relief, Save The Manatee, and Surfrider Key West