Mayor Teri Johnston told the Key West Business Guild’s lunchtime audience that she took a different approach with this year’s State of the City address.

“Instead of talking for 45 minutes about each city department — which is still covered in this year’s Annual Report — I thought I instead needed to do a State of the Community presentation,” Johnston said. “Because if ever there was a year for this island to come together to put us on the road to recovery, 2020 was it.”

She then showed the guild audience a 30-minute video that highlights the people behind the nonprofits that kept people fed, housed, clothed and sheltered during business shutdowns, layoffs and an unusable state unemployment website.

“In this, my third and most tumultuous year in office, we’ve endured, sometimes more gracefully than others, but we’ve never wavered in our commitment to the locals of this community,”

Johnston said before answering a few vaccine-related questions from the audience.

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