Friday, September 16, 2005

Key West Real World Begins Filming

Despite a local businessman's legal challenges, the Key West Real World has begun filming. The cast members are in the house and production has begun. A hearing is scheduled in the County Court for Wednesday September 21, 2005 where a judge will hear decide on whether to issue an injuction to stop production.
I would guess that this will not happen. My suspicion is that the local businessman, Ed Swift (owner of the biggest tour operation on the island - the Conch Tour Train and Trolley), will be satisfied if he can get MTV to include his business in the production...maybe have the cast members take a Train tour. Just my speculation, but I wouldn't put it past him. He known as a very aggressive businessman.
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

that ass is just pissed off that BMP did not approach him about having the castmembers work for him.

Anonymous said...

can u get pics of the cast....

Anonymous said...

This Ed Swift b a s t a r d is a very good reason for me not to visit Key West. I am not going on vacation in a so-called "friendly" atmosphere when a man who is rich from tourism income is such a prick. Ed Swift can go to hell.

McRubble said...

I've known Ed Swift as a close personal friend and business associate for over 25 years to the point where I've stayed in his Driftwood Drive home on visits to Key West and I can assure you this was not about holding MTV hostage for business purposes.
The man works fanatically on his businesses 15 hours a day six days a week and then sneaks back to work in town on Sunday evenings to do business things in solitude without his associates.
The home in Key Haven is his refuge from all this (yes the irony is not lost on me that he is getting back some of that annoyance which his sightseeing business inflicts on the rest of the privacy of living in Old Town).
Back in the late 70's when Ed had decided to move from that beautiful home he had on Eaton Street he had the opportunity to purchase what at the time was one of the most extravagent homes in Key Haven which was built by a local contractor named McKillip and sits at the entrance of the "A" section. A last minute deal breaker was that Ed could not get a man named Arthur Lujan, who originally developed Racoon Key (Key Haven) to state that he would not sell or lease a large parcel of land nearby for a hotel. I don't believe in his wildest dreams did he ever imagine someone would actually every put a semi-commercial activity next to his home on Driftwood Drive which when he built it he "buffered it" by putting a tennis court which is seldom used on the adjacent lot which he also purchased.
Nothing short of a court decision would have prevented Ed from exhausting all resources available to him to protect his family's privacy.

Anonymous said...

the real world is freekin awesome!!!!! i dont like "ed swift" he thinks he's hot Shyt. he's no-1 special but one of the owners of the trolley trains. he didn't want the real world there because of "paparazzi" or whoever visiting the real world house, and didn't want to be bothered.... well i don't like being bothered by the trolley trains... they take up the entire roads, and annoy me much more then the real world would or could ever annoy anyone.... ed is just a biotchey old senior man. im so glad they were able to film in the location they did, and no-1 was able to stop them!! HAHAHA ED!!!! they did it anyway!!!!!!!!!!! lol

Anonymous said...

Ed's just a hypocrite. Well I dont live in Key West (canada rather) Its funny to see how a show does so well and someone else wants to cash in, even when its not their idea. Ed doesnt like the tourism its bringing in because its not HIM bringing it.

Either way, this issue is stupid. Let them film and be on their way. Heck, if you need somewhere to film come to Canada. We'd be happy to have The Real World come here hehehe