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Today in Keys History: July 13

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4 and walked on the beach and back the same way. At 8:15 a.m. barometer 29.58, thermometer 88, wind east southeast 2, clouds 5. Babe slept from 3 till 7:30. About 9 Hatty ran down to tell me the babe had[…]

Man charged in Florida church arson attack

OCALA — A man accused of setting a Florida church on fire was being held without bail Sunday on charges that include attempted second-degree murder and arson. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office charged Steven Shields, 23, on Saturday, hours after detectives say he plowed a minivan through the front door[…]

Key West makes face masks requirement

Because of the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, every person over the age of 6, while in the City of Key West and away from their residence, is required to wear a mask, regardless of whether social distancing is maintained. The city has amended its directive pertaining to mask requirements, effectively[…]

Florida sets record week for coronavirus deaths

FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida’s coronavirus death rate rose again Saturday, setting a one-week record of nearly 500 fatalities that is about 80 more that the previous seven-day high set in early May. The state health department reported 96 new deaths, bringing the total for the week to 496 or an[…]

Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID cases

ST. PETERSBURG — Florida shattered the national record Sunday for the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any state since the beginning of the pandemic, adding more than 15,000 cases as its daily average death toll continued to also rise. According to state Department of Health statistics, 15,299[…]

2 Florida strip clubs shut down for violating Covid rules

ORLANDO — Officials shut down two Florida strip clubs as part of a statewide crackdown on violators of an emergency order that forced bars to close in the face of rising coronavirus cases. The Tallahassee Democrat reports that the Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended the licenses of Le[…]

Today in Keys History: July 12

1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Rose at 4 and walked as yesterday. At 7:40 a.m. barometer 29.61, thermometer 87, wind east southeast 1, clouds 2. The babe was sick all night and kept us awake nearly all the time. The Doctor came and said she was not very[…]

KEYS’ DAILY COVID-19 CASES JUMP BY 74

The Florida Keys shattered its daily COVID-19 record Saturday with a whopping 74 cases, three times the daily increase in the past several weeks. The new 74 cases bring the total to 544 and come as the Keys and Florida have been crushing daily records all month. Also, the Keys[…]

Letter written by teenage suspect in killing released

A blood-stained note reportedly written by a teen accused of stabbing his brother to death and severely injuring his father offers more insight into the events that led up to the fatal encounter on May 7. The Monroe County State Attorney’s Office released a copy of the letter prosecutors believe[…]

State, local officials challenged by spike in COVID-19 cases

With a record number of daily COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, state and local officials say they are trying their best to chart a path into the future in the pandemic fight. As of Friday, the Florida Department of Health, the number of cases in Florida was up[…]