March 20, 2020

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Key Colony Beach is operating out of a temporary city hall as its council plans for a new building after the former building was destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

Provided photo Key Colony Beach is operating out of a temporary city hall as its council plans for a new building after the former building was destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

As of Thursday, parks and beaches are closed in the City of Marathon due to the coronavirus, as the city struggles to regroup from a cyberattack on its communications system.

Deputy Clerk Hillary Palmer, said the city is partially up and running after a software attack crippled the city’s communication system, including email, internet and broadcast capabilities more than a week ago. City staff are able to look up permits and process requests, she said.

Marathon’s Information Technician Lesiel Martinez is working with the city’s IT contractor, Essential Net Solutions, to get the city’s network back up and operational, Palmer said. She was unaware whether the exact cause of the network disaster has been pinpointed and said, due to the COVID-19 virus, things are changing minute by minute, so she advised city residents to check the city’s website, www.ci.marathon.fl.us, for the latest updates.

Scheduled city workshops in March are canceled but the April 14 council meeting will go on.

Meanwhile, Marathon restaurants such as Sparky’s Landing and Keys Fisheries are open, as is the local chamber of commerce.

In the City of Key Colony Beach, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was canceled, but several restaurants remain open with regular hours, such as the Key Colony Inn and Havana Jack’s Oceanside Restaurant & Bar.

The city has issued a Local State of Emergency, and all non-essential meetings and activities in Marble Hall are canceled.

The Tuesday farmers market and Concerts in the Park are canceled.

The Key Colony Commission will continue to have its regularly scheduled meeting; however, in an effort to maintain social-distancing, the city will host broadcast sessions for people to listen and/or view. The city is to email the latest information, so residents are encouraged to sign up for “email blasts” on the city website.

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