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Mortgage assistance available

March 28, 2020

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks are taking steps to help people who have been impacted by the coronavirus, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Those having...more

State, federal assistance for businesses, workers

March 28, 2020

Loans and employment assistance are being offered through a variety of state and federal programs for small business owners and employees who are facing setbacks due to the novel coronavirus...more

Tele-health app available for COVID-19 screening

March 28, 2020

Baptist Health South Florida, which has hospitals in Tavernier and Marathon, is offering free urgent care visits via its tele-health app, Care On Demand, which is intended to help limit the...more

Understanding a disease: let’s get back to basics

March 28, 2020

Dear Readers, You can’t turn on any media right now and not hear words like “contagious,” “pandemic” and “flatten the curve.” I have a medical background and to tell you that conditions are...more

Citizen's Voice

Citizens’ Voice: March 27

March 27, 2020

“I’m living May Johnson’s life but without all of the outside activities. Stay healthy, Key West.”“Is it shortsighted of Key West bar and restaurant owners to compare Key West to Monroe County...more

Citizens’ Voice: March 26

March 26, 2020

“This period of quarantine is a great opportunity for reflection in solitude. We can think about what is truly important, life, relationships, and spirituality, whether or not you are a believer....more

Citizens’ Voice: March 25

March 25, 2020

“The affordable housing crisis should be solved in a month or two when all our our hospitality and tourism workers are forced to move. City restrictions will surely accelerate the local job...more

Citizens’ Voice: March 24

March 24, 2020

“No the city and county are not in sync with the state. The Keys are a different beast to some degree. Shut down for two weeks or potentially have to shut down even longer because we didn’t...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Benching of sports puts offers into question

March 25, 2020

UPPER KEYS — A diamond season cut down at the plate by the coronavirus threat cost Coral Shores High School’s baseball and softball squads a shot at league titles.“Both these teams certainly...more

Big bucks for restoration budgeted

March 25, 2020

FLORIDA KEYS — A landmark allocation in Florida’s newly adopted budget commits $300 million toward Everglades and Florida Bay restoration, but the ongoing coronavirus threat could force revisions...more

EMS member files for fire board seat

March 25, 2020

KEY LARGO — Local resident Ken Edge has filed for Seat 5 on the Key Largo Fire Rescue & Emergency Medical Services District commission.Edge has been a member of the Key Largo Volunteer...more

Islamorada closes beaches, marina ramp; some park facilities still open

March 25, 2020

ISLAMORADA — A wave of public-facility closings linked to the coronavirus menace caught up to Islamorada last Thursday. Beaches and the Founders Park aquatic center, dog park and marina boat...more

Editorials

Cheers and Jeers

March 28, 2020

Cheers: To Keys Energy Services, which has temporarily suspended all service disconnections for nonpayment, given the financial difficulty due to illness, quarantine or a disruption of work due...more

Cheers and Jeers

March 21, 2020

Jeers: To the decision to allow the Marathon Seafood Festival to take place last weekend while events and gatherings up and down the Keys were being cancelled or postponed. Also, is it merely...more

Random Coronavirus Observations: First in a Limited Series (hopefully)

March 21, 2020

The Coronavirus outbreak remained ‘offshore’ of the Florida Keys until Thursday, when the first presumptive case of coronavirus was confirmed. A 72-year-old person in the Keys has...more

Mayor shares coronavirus discussion

March 14, 2020

Of the many ways that you can arrive in Key West, I continue to receive a great deal of concern regarding the cruise ship passengers disembarking in Key West. To that point, we met with U.S....more

Sports

39th edition of event canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

March 27, 2020

A third straight high schooler breaking the tape at the end of the 7-Mile Bridge Run will have to wait for another year as the 39th edition of the race, which was to be held on Saturday, March...more

Roach trying to keep players focused on offseason workouts

March 26, 2020

Under normal circumstances, high school basketball players would be focused on bettering their individual games as they enter the offseason, which is exactly what Key West High coach Demetrius...more

Local players get to experience upper level teams before break

March 25, 2020

On the first Saturday in March, there was plenty action for the youth of the Key West Youth Lacrosse League. The Islamorada Panthers U13/15 team made a trip to the Island City for a pair of...more

Second-ranked Lady ‘Fins remaining upbeat about potential return of season

March 24, 2020

The last time the Marathon High softball team congregated, the Lady ’Fins were finishing off a 15-0 victory against Colonial Christian.“In our postgame talk we told them, the good news is, you...more