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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the City of Key West and Monroe County for working very hard to keep virtually all Keys residents virus-free for the past 60 days. And while we agree that the Keys deserves to reopen to visitors for economic reasons, we still fear that taking down the checkpoints could[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To those who are capable of and choose to have reasonable discussions about polarizing issues. The pandemic has unfortunately brought out the worst in some. We should all contribute to constructive dialogue and ideas for determining viable solutions. Sure, our emotions have reached a boiling point, but undue criticisms[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the volunteers who have been assisting the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office by manning the U.S. 1 checkpoint into the Keys to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Employees from the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office include investigator Roy Bogue, who has volunteered each Monday from 6 a.m. to[…]

We won’t forget this decision

There are many calendar dates to which we attach particular significance. The newest addition for the Keys will now be April 30, 2020, the day our county government managed to give new meaning to our national rallying cry, “We’re all in this together.” You sure are. The Monroe County government[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To all of the selfless and responsible members of our community who are observing social distancing, wearing a face covering and doing their part to limit the spread of the coronavirus. This is the proper behavior to be demonstrating, for not only each person’s individual health, but also for[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To any Lower Keys and Key West gas stations that continue to charge 40 cents or more per gallon of fuel than gas stations in Marathon and the Upper Keys. While we don’t exactly characterize this as gouging, it’s close. We understand that there is less auto travel and[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the Key West Code Compliance and Key West Police Department task force, which continues to make arrests in what is an increasing effort to crack down on illegal vacation rentals. The two arrests so far include a yacht owner who ignored police directives and a repeat offender who[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To two of Key West’s most smoke-filled drinking establishments, the Green Parrot and the Bourbon Street Pub, for prohibiting smoking and vaping inside those establishments. True, the timing of these decisions with bar closings all around us is somewhat curious, but with so much attention on protecting people’s health,[…]

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Keys Energy Services, which has temporarily suspended all service disconnections for nonpayment, given the financial difficulty due to illness, quarantine or a disruption of work due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This commitment to serving and working with customers during this unprecedented situation is a noble step from[…]