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Coronavirus

Some workers sent home after CÓVID-19 exposure at school

August 14, 2020

Several employees at a Florida high school are quarantining for 14 days after being exposed to the coronavirus on campus, the school's principal said in a message to families whose children are...more

Florida sheriff bans masks for deputies with some exceptions

August 13, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG — A central Florida sheriff says his deputies won’t be allowed to wear face masks except under some conditions, and neither will visitors to the sheriff’s office. Marion County...more

Miami Beach has issued $14,400 in fines to mask violators

August 13, 2020

MIAMI BEACH. Fla. — Police and city officials in Miami Beach have issued $14,400 in fines to people who weren't wearing facial coverings to help stop the spread of COVID-19. One man was issued...more

Officials: Florida man lied to get $60,000 in virus loans

August 12, 2020

MIAMI — A South Florida man has been accused of fraudulently obtaining $60,000 in federal coronavirus relief loans. Judlex Jean Louis, 32, of Lauderhill, was arrested and charged last week...more

News

Correction

August 14, 2020

• A story in Thursday’s edition of The Key West Citizen should have stated Judge Lawrence King is a senior U.S. District judge for the Southern District of Florida, not a circuit judge. The...more

Florida’s new jobless claims drop the most of any state

August 14, 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida's death toll from the coronavirus topped 9,000 Thursday, while its pandemic-buffeted economy led the nation in a drop in the number of new jobless claims. The jobless...more

Some workers sent home after CÓVID-19 exposure at school

August 14, 2020

Several employees at a Florida high school are quarantining for 14 days after being exposed to the coronavirus on campus, the school's principal said in a message to families whose children are...more

Judge: Key West cruise ship referenda remains on Nov. 3 ballot

August 13, 2020

A federal judge has ruled that Key West residents will be allowed to vote on the three cruise ship referenda slated for the Nov. 3 ballot. Circuit Court Judge Lawrence King dismissed a motion...more

Citizen's Voice

KWPD promotes Officer Rodriguez

August 14, 2020

Key West Police Chief Sean Brandenburg swore in Officer Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday as the department’s newest sergeant. Born and raised in Key West, Sgt. Rodriguez has been with the...more

Rental, mortgage assistance offered

August 14, 2020

Renters and homeowner throughout the Florida Keys are urged to take advantage of funding being distributed to anyone who is behind in their rent or mortgage payments because of the COVID-19...more

SOS Foundation to hold food drive, Census registration

August 14, 2020

The SOS Foundation is conducting a 700-family drive-through food distribution Saturday, Aug. 15. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Key West City Hall, 1300 White St. The group has...more

Mortgage assistance offered

August 13, 2020

The Monroe County government has provided internet links to residents experiencing mortgage payment difficulties due to financial hardship related to COVID-19. The link provides helpful...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Abstract artist shares essence of work

August 12, 2020

ISLAMORADA — Through the shapes and colors of brush strokes, Ruth Gilmore Langs tells visual stories. As an abstract expressionist painter, she doesn’t depict a literal subject matter, rather,...more

District finds more COVID-19 in wastewater after June 1

August 12, 2020

KEY LARGO — One week after the Florida Keys reopened to visitors, the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District began finding evidence of COVID-19 in the region’s sewage treatment system.The...more

Help available for those facing eviction

August 12, 2020

MONROE COUNTY — As the clock winds down on the governor’s third extension of the statewide ban on evictions, a potential flood of tenants losing housing would appear inevitable. To provide some...more

Home sales fall, but prices rise, in 1st half

August 12, 2020

FLORIDA KEYS — Home sales were down by one-fifth year-over-year in the Florida Keys during the first half of 2020, but the average sale price rose almost 6% from 2019 despite a pandemic causing...more

Editorials

Cheers and Jeers

August 8, 2020

Cheers: To the Wisteria Island debate that has been concluded after almost 60 years of ownership haggling. But even though a federal court ruled the federal government owns Wisteria Island in Key...more

Education innovation needed

August 8, 2020

I think this is a wonderful opportunity for schools to ignore tradition, develop alternative delivery systems and truly individualize education.There is nothing sacred about the 180-day school...more

The right to vote

August 8, 2020

I have never tried to put a letter in any paper. I have marched in a lot of things. I have lived in Key West since 1949. I went to high school here and junior college. I very much care for my...more

Your vote counts

August 8, 2020

Whether you vote by mail, at early voting locations or on Election Day, the team at Monroe County Supervisor of Elections office are well prepared to count your vote securely and accurately for...more

Sports

Initially scheduled to kick off season tonight, Conchs now at mercy of FHSAA, opponents

August 14, 2020

Friday was supposed to be the day the Key West High football team kicked off its 2020 campaign against Satellite High. Instead, the Conchs will be tuning into the 10 a.m. FHSAA Board of Directors...more

#WE WANT TO PLAY: Online petition continuing to collect signatures in hopes FHSAA allows fall seasons

August 13, 2020

A petition, titled “Let Them Play Florida” was created late Monday on the website Change.org requesting the Florida High School Athletic Association to permit fall sports to be played as...more

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Jonathan Bradman, Coral Shores

August 12, 2020

Name: Jonathan Bradman Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 160 GPA: 3.3 Parents Names: Sol and Nicole Bradman Siblings Names: Alexis, Joey, Jayse and Jax Bradman Sports you plan of playing...more

Bosco hoping for special season — 24th with KWHS and first with CFK — as pool reopens

August 12, 2020

The 2020-21 season was expected to be special for Lori Bosco, as it will not only be her 24th as head coach of the Key West High swim team but also her first during the inaugural campaign of The...more

Obituaries

Mayra Perez Ayers

August 14, 2020

Mayra Perez Ayers, loving mother and lifelong Conch, passed away unexpectedly in Key West on July 2, 2020. She was a passionate woman who loved deeply and fiercely all of her life. Mayra was...more

Thomas J. Sireci Jr.

August 14, 2020

Thomas J. Sireci Jr., 72, passed away at his home with his loving wife and sons beside him on Aug. 8, 2020. He was born in New London, Connecticut and moved to Key West with his family when they...more

Thomas J. Sireci Jr.

August 12, 2020

Thomas J. Sireci, Jr., 72, passed away at his home with his loving wife and sons beside him on Aug. 8, 2020. He was born in New London, Connecticut and moved to Key West with his family when they...more

Sanford C. Sarti

August 8, 2020

Sanford C. (Sandy) Sarti, 84, passed away unexpectedly on July 25, 2020. He was preceded in death by his father, George William Sarti, his mother, Josephine Garbo Sarti, and a brother, George...more