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COVID-19 overtime requests could break county budget

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify the initial paid leave for furloughed workers.  Monroe County officials were looking to save $733,000 over 16 weeks, or...

Rumor Control: the Keys are still closed

The Florida Keys are still closed to visitors and will be throughout May, county spokeswoman Kristen Livengood said late April 27. Despite miscommunications otherwise about internal openings,...

Monroe has the highest rate of employees asking for assistance in Florida

About 8.4% of Monroe County is unemployed. According to the state of Florida, there have been 3,936 claims filed by the 46,755 people employed in Monroe County.  “But...

Health Department doing once-a-day updates

Updates to the Florida Health Department’s COVID-19 data and surveillance dashboard and full state report will now be issued once a day, state officials announced on April...

Contractors and construction workers are on the job

The highways are a little empty and schools are closed, but construction projects in the Middle Keys are in full swing and going up fast. The Marathon...

How do we reopen the Keys?

The Weekly Newspapers wanted to know how people in our island communities envision the process of reopening of the Florida Keys to both locals and visitors. We...

County eyes phase-in plan for reopening

Just a day after county officials urged caution over a reopening, the Monroe County Tourist Development Council announced on April 21 that officials are beginning to outline...

Health Department Encourages Breastfeeding

With the current health crisis, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County understands this is a stressful time for everyone, including mothers who are breastfeeding. Breast...

United Way offers virtual tax assistance

Due to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements and the closure of VITA tax preparation locations, United Way of Collier and the Keys is offering virtual tax preparation...

New committee talks health and economic recovery

A socially distant meeting in an oversized hotel ballroom on the morning of April 11 brought together about eight leaders in the Key West medical...