SOMETIMES PHOTOS TELL THE STORY BETTER

From aerial shots of the Overseas Highway and water to up close and personal pictures, here are a few of the best snaps of 2020 from some of our photographers. 

Robert Miller, a 2020 graduate of Somerset Island Prep, waves after receiving his diploma during the school’s socially distanced graduation that garnered national publicity. MARK HEDDEN/Contributed
Marathon High School’s Anthony Ross gets some serious air in a game against Palm Glades Prep in January. BARRY GAUKEL/Keys Weekly
Remember when coronavirus case reports looked like this? Remember when there were only 12 in the whole state of Florida? Weekly staffer Sara Matthis saved this screen capture for posterity on March 11, 2020 thinking it would be interesting to look back. It is.
A Publix truck drives on an open Overseas Highway in Islamorada during a picturesque Sunday morning in March. DAVID GROSS/Keys Weekly
A Key West protest in early May pitted neighbors against neighbors as workers and business owners called for the island to ease restrictions and others felt it was too soon. LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly
An aerial view of the Fills during the Fourth of July. The area from MM 77.5 to 79.8 was closed off through July 7 as a COVID-19 protection measure. The Fills subsequently reopened at 50% capacity to limit visitors. DAVID GROSS/Keys Weekly
Coronavirus stopped many of the nonprofit parties that typically support good works in the Keys. But supporters of the Florida Keys SPCA still managed a car wash in July to raise funds for the Marathon animal shelter with help from brothers Gabriel and Hayes Del Cueto. SARA MATTHIS/Keys Weekly
National news rarely rears its head in the Keys. But the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota so outraged the country that peaceful protests reached as far south as Key Largo, Marathon and Key West. On June 19, a group of citizens convened at Jesse Hobbs Park in Marathon to show solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement. SARA MATTHIS/Keys Weekly
Richard McChesney and Jed Dodds of The Studios of Key West enjoy one of Key West’s newest ‘highlights’ at Hugh’s View rooftop venue that opened in August 2020. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly
Key West’s legendary musician Coffee Butler looks at the sign during the September dedication of the Key West amphitheater that bears his name. LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly
As COVID arrived in the Florida Keys in March, Key West officials closed some of the city’s most iconic landmarks to discourage crowds. The Southernmost Point monument was covered with a giant blue tarp for more than a month. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly
Coral Shores running back Chris Cooper carries a Ransom Everglades defender as he runs the ball on Oct. 30 at Coral Shores High School. The junior finished the season with just over 1,000 yard rushing. DOUG FINGER/Keys Weekly
Drones were made for images like this. After improvements were made at the corner of U.S.1 and Aviation Boulevard in Marathon, the best way to convey the new configuration was with an aerial shot. BARRY GAUKEL/Keys Weekly
Nearly 1,000 Key West residents gathered June 1 for a peaceful protest with an urgent message in the wake of the George Floyd shooting by Minneapolis police. MARK HEDDEN/Contributed

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