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Right whales safe in deeper water off North Carolina

Good news from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: A mother and calf right whale (Eubalaena australis), which were spotted March 26 in the Gulf of Mexico...

What restaurants are “to-go” and delivery

As we navigate through this new reality of social distancing and community support, we wanted to create a community resource of which restaurants are still open and...

Emergency help on the way from the Keys to Tallahassee

In times of disaster, it’s usually the state capitol sending help to Monroe County. In this case, it’s the opposite. On April 6, Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi...

Keys officials target illegal rentals to banned tourists

There are tourists in the Florida Keys. The above statement wouldn’t make headlines on a typical day in our thriving island chain. But these days are anything but...

Governor issues ‘Safer at Home’ directive

At a press conference on March 30 outside the Hard Rock casino hotel, Gov. Ron DeSantis emphasized the statewide and, specifically, South Florida message of, “Safer at...

Passengers, number of flights to Keys slowing

All is going according to plan at Monroe County’s two airports. Passengers who arrive from Connecticut, New Jersey or New York — areas with high community spread...

What’s in the CARES Act for us?

The U.S. federal government passed a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus response bill on March 27. It’s intended to prop up U.S. workers, business and the economy. This...

CHI tests another 20 in Marathon

The Community Health Inc. clinic created its own drive through spot behind its facility at 2805 Overseas Highway in Marathon on Saturday, March 28. About 60 Monroe...


The Florida Keys on Friday morning took another protective measure to keep visitors (and potential community-spread coronavirus) out of the island chain: they closed U.S. 1, and...

Keys count reaches 14

By Jim McCarthy and Tiffany Duong Positive tests for COVID-19 in Monroe County more than tripled over the last two days, with seven new cases reported on March...