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City imposes new restrictions

New protective orders have been issued by Key West City officials for local companies still open for business, including requiring masks and gloves to be worn by both employees and customers at places where 10 or more people congregate. In addition, beginning at midnight April 7, all open essential businesses[…]

Bogus re-entry stickers halted

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is beginning to report fake hurricane resident re-entry stickers on cars trying to sneak through the two checkpoints coming into the Florida Keys. Local government leaders set up checkpoints on U.S. 1 and State Road 905 more than two weeks to slow the spread of[…]

Familiar Face: Dr. Sawyer deeply rooted in Key West

Born and raised in Key West, Dr. Christina Sawyer has returned to live out her goal of “being a doctor for the community.” “I loved growing up here, loved the small community, knowing everybody, growing up on the water,” she said, reminiscing about her upbringing. She recalled being out on[…]

ICE ends Sheriff’s Office detainee contract

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has ended a 23-year contract with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that generated more than $2 million a year for Monroe County. The sides could not agree on transportation issues that have been under discussion for the past several months, Sheriff Rick Ramsay said.[…]

Following virus delays, city to hold virtual meeting

After a five-week delay caused by the coronavirus, the Key West City Commission will hold a virtual public meeting tonight, Tuesday, April 7, starting at 5 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 77 and AT&T Channel 99. It can also be streamed on the city’s website, https://www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov,[…]

Florida governor says unemployment system now up to speed

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that the state’s heavily criticized unemployment system should now be able to handle the crush of applicants it is receiving as workers lose their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak. He said the computer system’s capacity has been increased to handle 120,000[…]

The Key West Citizen

• Virtual lessons Reef Relief is offering free marine science virtual classes on Facebook on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. EST. Each lesson is geared towards students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade but all are welcome to join and participate. Schedules will be posted Facebook on topics to[…]

National Park closes public access

Dry Tortugas National Park will close all islands in the park to public access until further notice. Visitor programs, concession tours, and the campground were closed previously. Park waters remain accessible to the public for recreational use in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance, in addition[…]

Citizens’ Voice: April 7

“Um … The locals and residents can’t, in the course of a normal day, help out service industry workers right now either without directly donating money or buying gift certificates.” “I listened to a person complaining to a cashier about not having their brand of pizza and sale items. She[…]

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[…]