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KW cracks down on illegal rental operator

A task force comprised of Key West Code Compliance and the Key West Police Department made the first arrest in what is an increasing effort to crack down on illegal vacation rentals. Michael McMahon, who owns three properties in Key West, was arrested and presented a notice to appear for[…]

KEYS will close offices on Friday

The offices for the public power company for residents living between Key West and the Seven-Mile Bridge will be closed Friday. The closures of Keys Energy Services headquarters comes in observance of Good Friday, utility spokesman Julio Torrado said. Keys Energy Services will resume normal operating hours at 8 a.m.[…]

Florida coronavirus deaths exceed 220, cases top 12,300

TALLAHASSEE — The coronavirus death toll in Florida reached more than 220 people as total cases topped 12,300, according to statistics released by the state Department of Health on Sunday. The deaths have been heaviest in South Florida, where three counties have totaled 120 fatalities. That includes the deaths of[…]

Early yet, but domestic violence on rise

GAINESVILLE (AP) — As elected leaders issue orders for residents to stay inside, data from local law enforcement shows a simultaneous uptick in domestic violence. To date, the Gainesville Police Department has reported 21 more domestic violence/battery cases than it saw at the same time last year, with 211 cases[…]

2nd Keys coronavirus death; state totals climb

Monroe County has had its second death due to the coronavirus, as county and statewide totals continue to climb. Statewide, there have been 12,151 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 218 deaths, the Florida Department of Health reported Sunday. The total number of confirmed cases in the state fell for the[…]

‘Mistah Keith’ is first Keys’ fatality

To many people, Key West resident Keith White is the face of the coronavirus in the Florida Keys, as he is the first fatal case the chain of islands has recorded. To his family and friends, he is and was so much more. Even before the Florida Department of Health[…]

Coronavirus, isolation present mental health issues, concerns

Much like the ocean that surrounds us, news of the coronavirus keeps coming at us in waves. As each wave hits, the levels of stress, anxiety and worry continues to build. Yet, there are several practical and positive ways to frame your mind to best contend with the stress and[…]

Urgent question from small businesses: When will aid arrive?

That’s the urgent question for small business owners who have been devastated by the coronavirus outbreak. They’re awaiting help from the $2 trillion rescue package signed into law Friday. But with bills fast coming due, no end to business closings and an economy that’s all but shut down, owners are[…]

Stuck inside? Grab a paint can and get creative

Isolation and staying home doesn’t pose as much of a hardship in Key West as in northern states. Somehow being outdoors is a better way to live, under any circumstances. But activities are still limited, making this a good time to catch up on household chores, fix ups and repairs,[…]

Random COVID-19 observations: 2nd in what looks like long series

This pandemic initially looked like a cross between a hurricane warning and 9/11. Now it’s starting to look more and more like an apocalypse. We’re not trying to sound like alarmists. Lord knows, that’s the last thing we need — to intensify an already inflamed situation. Intuitively, we know we[…]