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Coronavirus

Online learning becomes the new reality

The international outbreak of COVID-19 over the past several weeks has created a rapidly changing world for everyone. Unfortunately many businesses in our community have had to close their doors, while others had to make significant adjustments in order to continue operations under these new and unique circumstances. Perhaps no[…]

Monroe Health Department offers services, assistance

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is offering food/nutrition/breastfeeding assistance to low-income pregnant women or families with infants or children younger than 5 who reside in Monroe County. Those individuals or families who meet this criteria and are experiencing a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis[…]

FKEC assisting members with bill payments

Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, a not-for-profit, member-owned utility serving the Middle and Upper Keys, will temporarily suspend disconnection of electric service for nonpayment due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. FKEC members who find themselves unable to partially or completely pay their electric bill should call 305-852-2431 to[…]

County on rumor control

Monroe County officials want to clear up a rumor going around about the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol is fining people for using their boats. There is a fake email being circulated stating the FWC will fine people $500 if they[…]

Coronavirus to impact political campaigns

Political candidates, groups and parties are going to have to change the way they get out their messages this campaign season, as more traditional, face-to-face methods of campaigning have been indefinitely put on hold because of the coronavirus. Some traditional forms of campaigning such as direct mail, campaign signs, television,[…]

Bus service suspended

The City of Key West suspended its bus service until further notice. The city will continue to provide essential business, and non-essential workers are being sent home. “We must work as a community to keep this virus from spreading,” City Manager Greg Veliz said. “The quicker we comply with city,[…]

Senior facilities remain virus-free

The Florida Key’s most vulnerable population appears to be faring well so far during the coronavirus pandemic. No residents of the two senior living centers in the Key West West area — the 16-bed Bayshore Manor on Stock and senior living facility at 50-resident Poinciana Gardens in Key West —[…]

Keys visit is a bridge too far for woman

A Wisconsin woman intent on fulfilling a bucket list item of driving over Florida Keys bridges was arrested Tuesday for refusing to comply with orders to turn around at the checkpoint on U.S. 1. Monroe County officials established the checkpoint Friday, March 27, to restrict non-residents without legitimate business in[…]

KEYS notifies public of registry

Keys Energy Services (KEYS) wanted to notify residential customers with special needs of the Special Needs Registry available through the Monroe County Social Services Office. The registry helps Monroe County Emergency Management Personnel identify residents who would need assistance during evacuations and sheltering because of physical, mental, cognitive impairment, or[…]

Keys has first coronavirus death

Monroe County officials confirmed Thursday night that the Florida Keys has had its first death of a person who contracted the coronavirus. County officials confirmed the information with local representatives of the Florida Department of Health. The Health Department was expected to put out a news release on the death[…]