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Hometown hold debate Monday

The voter advocacy group Hometown! will hold a virtual campaign forum Monday featuring the Key West City Commission and Monroe County Commission candidates and a debate on the cruise ship referendum questions. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. on be televised on the Hometown! web page, hometownkeywest.com, and on[…]

Free COVID testing offered

The Florida Department of Health is offering free COVID-19 testing to all Monroe County residents. Appointments are required. To schedule a test, call 786- 910-9764 or email TestingMonroe@flhealth.gov. No walk-ins are allowed. Free tests will given be to Monroe County residents with valid identification. Tests will be given from 9[…]

Feds offer lobster assistance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide approximately $530 million to support seafood industry and fishermen impacted by retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments, which includes spiny lobster. Fishermen can sign-up for relief through the program from Sept. 14 to Dec. 14. Fishermen can apply through their local USDA Service Center.[…]

Soldier in accident identified

The U.S. Army has identified a soldier killed when he was struck by a motor vehicle driven by an on-duty U.S. Navy Security Force civilian on Monday at Naval Air Station Key West’s Sigsbee Park Annex. Sgt. 1st Class Hector Delgado Ortiz was a logistics soldier assigned to the 2nd[…]

Cow Key inbound lane set to open

Workers continue work on the Cow Key Bridge, but the re-opening of the inbound bridge is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25. All four travel lanes on the inbound and outbound bridges will be open to traffic, City of Key West officials said. The roadway portion of the work will begin[…]

COVID testing offered

The Florida Department of Health is offering free COVID-19 testing to all Monroe County residents. Appointments are required. To schedule a test, call (786) 910-9764 or email TestingMonroe@flhealth.gov. No walk-ins are allowed. Free tests will given be to Monroe County residents with valid identification. Tests will be given from 9[…]

County offers COVID assistance

The Monroe County government is offering $1 million to small local businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A self-employed, sole proprietor business of one employee is eligible for $2,500, while a business with two to 10 employees will be awarded $5,000 and a business with 11 to[…]

Rental assistance offered

Renters and homeowners 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 pandemic. Although the county is distributing the funding, anyone living within any Monroe County municipality is eligible. Applications are[…]

Habitat receives grant funds

Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys has been granted a $20,000 disaster services grant from Habitat for Humanity and State Farm Insurance. The grant will be used to repair homes as part of the Hurricane Irma recovery that still continues three years later. “Our island community was greatly affected[…]

Funeral for city mayor held today

A funeral service for the former Key West and Monroe County Mayor Charles “Sonny” McCoy will be held Thursday, Sept. 17. The service will be at 3 p.m. at the St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Truman Avenue. McCoy, who also water-skied from Key West to Cuba,[…]