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The Key West Citizen is making every effort to keep readers aware and informed of announcements, closures and cancellations brought about by the growing threat of the coronavirus. Because of the unprecedented nature of this global event, and the necessity of meeting our print publication deadlines, some information in our[…]

Checkpoint to stay open

The checkpoints coming south into the Florida Keys will remain open officials said Sunday. On Saturday, the two check points, one on U.S. 1 and one on State Road 905 near Ocean Reef, faced the possibility of closure or reduced hours because of concerns about staffing and funding. Monroe County[…]

No Monday Key West Citizen

Much like the rest of our community, The Key West Citizen is experiencing significant business interruptions while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected nearly every aspect of our lives. In order to maintain our commitment to providing the community information that is needed more than ever, and to[…]

Visitors turned back from Keys

At least 50 vehicles carrying visitors were not allowed to pass through checkpoints that were established Friday morning on U.S. 1 and State Road 905 in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Florida Keys officials on Tuesday decided to place the checkpoint at the entrances in the[…]

U.S. 1 checkpoint could close down

The checkpoint on Highway U.S. 1 coming into the Florida Keys days maybe numbered, despite it only being in place one day. The governor has pulled financial support for it and Sheriff Rick Ramsay can’t staff it with only local funding. Ramsay told The Citizen on Saturday that Gov. Ron[…]

Food pantries hit with jump in demand

“It’s the greatest demand we’ve ever seen for hunger relief down here.” That’s Tom Callahan, executive director of the Star of the Sea Foundation, talking about the foundation’s food pantry and community kitchen services. With thousands out of work in Key West and Monroe County, putting food on the table[…]

Coronavirus a concern along Florida Keys waters, too

With many public parks, beaches and piers closing, more than ever Florida Keys residents are taking to their boats and favorite boating spots. Unfortunately, many of those spots are not secret and could result in large congregations in areas such a Snipe Pointe, Boca Grande, Woman Key and the Whale[…]

Virus test scam warning sent out

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of a scam involving fake COVID-19 test kits. The Sheriff’s Office was made aware Thursday that fake COVID-19 test kits containing toxic substances to humans being shipped globally, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt. Last weekend, the U.S. Customs and[…]

Vehicles turned away at Monroe County checkpoint

About 50 vehicles carrying visitors were not allowed to pass through checkpoints that were established Friday morning on U.S. 1 and Card Sound Road in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Florida Keys officials on Tuesday decided to place the checkpoint at the entrances in the Keys.[…]

Rare right whale, calf spotted off the Keys

Federal fishery managers are tracking a 43-foot right whale and 19-foot calf that have made their way to the Florida Keys, which is hundreds of miles from where the pair should be at this time of year. The whales should be in the Atlantic Ocean off North Florida and South[…]