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    A mom was killed and her two young sons were injured when a day of parasailing in Key West ended in tragedy. The 33-year-old, who has not been named, and her two sons, aged 7 and 10, were all parasailing in the Florida Keys at around 5pm on Monday when a sudden storm propelled them into Old Seven-Mile Bridge in Marathon. The cable tethering the woman and her sons to a boat snapped as it hit the bridge, and the trio fell into the water, the Miami Herald reports. Video from the aftermath shows the parasail still caught on the abandoned bridge as rescue teams rushed to help. The mother, from Schaumburg, Illinois, died at the scene. Her two sons survived the impact, but one was critically injured and had to be airlifted to a local hospital. It is unclear how he is doing.  One of the first on the scene was  Capt. John Callion who had been manning a fishing charter boat with two passengers on board  nearby.  A mother and her two sons crashed into an abandoned bridge while parasailing in Key West on...
    The son of a Spanish-Venezuelan billionaire was killed in a horrific boating accident in Florida after he was maimed by the vessel's propeller during a fishing competition when jumped in the water to save his fiancée - who was knocked overboard by the ship's captain while helping a youngster who had just caught a fish.  Juan Carlos Escotet Alviarez, 31, was swept up in the wake of the 60-foot craft's motor about six miles off the shore of Key Largo, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The banking scion was reportedly trying to save his fiancée, who was bumped into the sea by the captain when he stumbled while trying to help a boy with a fishing rod, Venezuelan journalist Angela Oraá posted on Instagram. His fiancée, Andrea Montero, 30, survived.  The couple, scheduled to wed in November, were participating in a fishing tournament hosted by the Ocean Reef Club, a gated community. Alviarez's father, Juan Carlos Escotet, 62, is the founder of Venezuelan bank Banesco and is worth a reported $3.5 billion, according to Forbes.  The University...
    (CNN)A boat believed to be carrying about 300 migrants ran aground in the Florida Keys on Sunday, officials said. Many of the migrants were "in need of medical attention" and 163 swam ashore, US Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar said on Twitter. The boat ran aground near the Ocean Reef Club, a private club community in Key Largo, the US Coast Guard said."Initial reports show the (people) involved in this suspected smuggling venture are Haitian," a tweet from Coast Guard said.Many of those aboard the stricken boat needed medical attention.The vessel had been overloaded by suspected smugglers, Slosar said.Read MoreVideo shared by The Weekly Newspapers, which operates three papers in the Florida Keys, showed the boat stuck offshore, listing to one side, as scores of people tried to make it land. Many passengers remained on the heavily loaded boat, while others jumped into the water. "Our priority is keeping everyone safe after this dangerous voyage and grounding," the Coast Guard said. "Multiple agencies responded quickly & worked closely to protect a lot of lives today." Lt. Cmdr....
    KEY WEST (CBSMiami) – An eagle-eyed driver in the Florida Keys helped rescue a bird in distress. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said the bird was found hanging from a fishing line on a tree near mile marker 58 on US 1. READ MORE: Carnival Cruise Lines Making Masks Optional For Passengers Beginning March 1Deputies realized they couldn’t reach the osprey and called the Marathon Wild Bird Center for assistance. READ MORE: Temperatures Warming Up Fast This WeekStaff members used a long cutting tool to get the injured bird down. The line cut into the bird’s leg, so it was taken to the bird center for treatment. MORE NEWS: Helicopter Crashes Near Miami Beach Swimmers, 2 Transported To Jackson In Stable ConditionThe bird is expected to be released in a few weeks.
    BIG PINE KEY (CBSMiami/FKNB) – After 3 1/2 months of rehabilitation, a juvenile male manatee was returned to Florida Keys waters Thursday by marine mammal specialists from Dolphin Research Center, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters and the Miami Seaquarium. DRC’s Manatee Rescue Team along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Keys Aquarium Encounters and local residents rescued the manatee last October in Big Pine Key. The manatee had been observed with buoyancy issues and was unable to stay submerged. Later named Waterbear, he was transported to the Seaquarium where it was confirmed he suffered from gastrointestinal issues. READ MORE: ‘It’s Becoming Unaffordable’: Broward Property Taxes SkyrocketingFollowing initial treatment, he was transported to SeaWorld in Orlando to complete rehabilitation. READ MORE: A Miami Shelter Is Going Beyond Basic Needs, Giving Homeless People Job TrainingAt his release, Waterbear weighed 395 pounds and measured approximately 6 feet, 8 inches in length. The release group carried him on a stretcher down a boat ramp and cheered when he swam away. MORE NEWS: Florida Tax Revenues Beat Projections In December(©2022 CBS Local Media. All...
    KEY LARGO (CBSMiami/FKNB) – A scuba diving Santa Claus was spotted Monday in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary enjoying some relaxation with an elfish helper before the upcoming holidays. Propelled by an undersea scooter, the jolly St. Nick delivered a bit of cheer Monday to the marine inhabitants in the sanctuary off Key Largo. READ MORE: Jury Trials On Hold In Miami-Dade CountySpencer Slate, owner of Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures, dons his Kris Kringle garb annually to offer underwater holiday photo opportunities and help promote awareness of an annual fundraiser for a local children’s charity, Kids in Special Situations. Christmas Day, Slate’s dive shop plans a special morning coral reef dive trip for divers and snorkelers to join, helping raise money for the charity to purchase holiday gifts for underprivileged children. READ MORE: Omicron Becomes The Dominant COVID Variant In The U.S.During his subsea excursion Monday near an aptly named area known as Pleasure Reef, Santa encountered schools of fish and other marine life that seemed quite comfortable with the very merry crew throughout the dive. For over 30...
    A STATE of emergency was declared for a third of Florida on Friday evening, as Tropical Depression Fred loomed closer and a second storm was forecast to follow. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order with Fred expected become a tropical storm once more and make landfall in the coming days. 4Tropical Depression Fred is predicted to become a tropical storm once moreCredit: NOAA 4The storm has already hit the Dominican Republic and CubaCredit: Alamy Tropical Depression Seven, another system in the Atlantic, has been forecast to become Tropical Storm Grace on Saturday as it nears the Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center predicts that Fred may strengthen back into a tropical storm before impacting Florida as early as Saturday. Fred moved along Cuba's northern coast on Friday and is on track to reach the Florida Keys on Saturday and southwest Florida on Sunday, forecasters predict. Florida's state of emergency applies to 23 counties: Bay, Calhoun, Citrus, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Manatee, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton and Washington. A press...
    FLORIDA residents have blasted local control “TERRORISTS” over plans to unleash a BILLION mutant mosquitoes in the Keys. The areas Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) are set to release the gene hacked ‘fraken-squitoes' in a bid to fight insect-borne viruses like yellow fever. 4A BILLION mutant mosquitoes are set to be released in the Keys to fight insect-borne viruses like yellow fever 4Florida pest control chiefs have been branded “TERRORISTS” over the plans The trial is set to begin this week, seeing a first phase of up to 144,000 modified mosquitoes released over the next 12 weeks. The project aims to reduce the numbers of Aedes aegypti, species which are known for carrying diseases including dengue, chikungunya, zika and yellow fever. The male mosquitos, developed by British biotech company Oxitect, do not bite, and will be introduced in small areas in a select number of neighborhoods in the Monroe area. However, Florida residents are calling on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end 'this live experiment' as they blasted the organisation as “terrorists.” Barry Wray of the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition said: “People...
    The Florida Keys will soon be buzzing with close to a billion 'fraken-squitoes' – gene-hacked mosquitoes aimed at eradicating a disease carrying mosquito. The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) and Oxitec, a British biotech company, are starting the first-ever U.S. release of genetically engineered (GE) Aedes aegypti mosquitoes this week, which will see up to a billion over a two-year period. The project aims to reduce the numbers of Aedes aegypti, one of several mosquito species that can carry dengue, chikungunya, Zika and yellow fever. Floridians, however, are calling on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end 'this live experiment' saying they are being subjected to terrorism by the FKMCD. The trial is set to begin this week, with the first phase releasing up to 144,000 GE mosquitoes over the next 12 weeks, but the end will see up to a billion in Monroe County. Floridians, however, are calling on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end 'this live experiment' saying they are being subjected to terrorism by the FKMCD. The trial is set to begin...
    Monroe County Sheriff's Office- Florida Keys/ Facebook A snorkeler spotted 25 bricks of cocaine while swimming off the Florida Keys on Wednesday. The unexpected find was reported to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and US Border Patrol. The bricks of cocaine are valued at more than $1.5 million.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A snorkeler discovered 25 bricks of cocaine in the water off the Florida Keys on Wednesday.  According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, an unidentified snorkeler found a 68-pound bale containing the bricks of cocaine near Craig Key and notified local authorities. The sheriff's office then alerted the US Border Patrol. The bricks were valued at more than $1.5 million, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said. —Chief Patrol Agent Thomas G. Martin (@USBPChiefMIP) March 4, 2021  "On Wednesday, a Good Samaritan discovered 68 lbs. of cocaine valued at over 1.5 million dollars floating in the #FloridaKeys," US Border Patrol Agent Miami Sector, Thomas G. Martin, tweeted Thursday. "The individual noticed a large black bundle wrapped in tape & contacted local authorities. The bag contained...
    A fugitive wanted for the murder of a man at a fishing trap yard in the Florida Keys was captured in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office announced that Mayque Marín Gómez was taken into custody last Friday after nearly six months on the run.  Marín Gómez, 31, allegedly was involved in the shooting that killed José Manuel Clemente in Stock Island, Florida, on June 15.  Mayque Marín Gómez was arrested in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, last Friday. He fled the United States after his alleged role in a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded on June 15 in Stock Island, Florida Chihuahua State Police officers walk Mayque Marín Gómez (pictured handcuffed) across a bridge after he was arrested in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, last Friday. The 31-year-old and his brother José Luis Espinosa Gómez were involved in a June 15 shooting in Stock Island, Florida, that left one man dead and another wounded, who survived RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next PICTURED: North Carolina cop, 25, who was shot dead...
    At dawn this Monday, the report from a sector of the Florida Keys, near the place where tropical storm Eta passed, looked with strong waves and rains, but without major damage so far. In Key West, the wind gusts had not produced major problems, however, the rains are expected to continue and the authorities fear that floods will be generated and the waves will increase. In the keys located further north there had been more floods and even power outages. Monroe County Administrator Román Gastesi had indicated that the county was prepared and that the greatest danger they expected was rising water levels, so they recommended taking precautions and tourists staying in their hotels.
    (CNN)The Florida coast is bracing for Tropical Storm Eta after it pummeled the Florida Keys with life-threatening storm surge and flooding.The storm made landfall in Lower Metacumbe Key late Sunday night with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Eta is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by late Monday into early Tuesday as it moves into Florida Bay.More than 23 million people in south Florida are under some type of hurricane or tropical storm advisory, with 21 counties under a state of emergency. As of early Monday morning, more than 30,000 customers are without power as the storm continues north, according to Poweroutage.us.Ahead of the storm, many schools in south Florida were closed Monday and bridges were locked down in anticipation of high winds. Hurricane force wind gusts could remain through Monday afternoon, according to a Hurricane Warning issued by the National Weather Service. Heavy rain and winds will stretch from Miami to Naples through Tuesday, and a storm surge of up to four feet is possible for parts of south Florida and the...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Eta made landfall in Lower Matecumbe Key in the Florida Keys as a strong Tropical Storm as it continues to cause strong winds and dangerous flooding across portions of South Florida. As of 11 p.m. Sunday, Eta was about 30 east-northeast of Marathon and about 70 miles east-northeast of Key West. Maximum sustained winds are 65 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or so and Eta is forecast to become a hurricane when it moves over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Eta is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph. A west-northwestward to westward motion is expected overnight, followed by a west- southwestward motion on Monday and Monday night with some reduction in forward speed. Little overall motion is expected on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Eta will pass near or over the Florida Keys tonight and early Monday, and be over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday and Tuesday. More from CBSMiami.com Eta Strengthens, Hurricane Watch In Effect For South Florida State Of Emergency Declared In...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — South Florida remains in a Flood Watch through Sunday evening as more rain is expected to soak the area. However, so far for Friday, the weather is a bit drier. Only a few showers are expected throughout the day while it remains breezy with an east wind of up to 20 mph. Meanwhile, a broad area of low pressure in the northwestern Caribbean Sea is becoming better organized and a tropical depression could form in the next couple of days. This low pressure is expected to move over western Cuba and into the far southeastern Gulf of Mexico by early next week. There is still much uncertainty when it comes to the track and intensity of this system, regardless of this uncertainty, it will be a wet and stormy weekend actors South Florida, including the Keys. MORE ON CBSMIAMI.COM  Georgia Man Drugged, Robbed After Meeting Woman In Dania Beach Casino Florida Woman Accused Of Killing 3-Year-Old Boy With Tire Iron Uniformed Miami Officer Disciplined For Wearing Pro-Trump Mask At Voting Site Tropical downpours will work their...
    After a man was attacked by a shark while snorkeling in the Florida Keys, witnesses say his pregnant wife immediately jumped into the water and pulled him to safety. According to the Miami Herald, 30-year-old Andrew Charles Eddy of Atlanta was attacked on Sunday by what was believed to be a bull shark in the water on Sombrero Reef, a popular snorkeling spot near a lighthouse in the Middle Keys. Witnesses say that the shark slammed into him and bit his shoulder as soon as he entered the water. But without hesitation or regard for her own safety, Eddy's wife, Margot Dukes-Eddy, immediately jumped into the water to rescue him. "Dukes saw the shark's dorsal fin and then blood filling the water [and], without hesitation, dove into the water and pulled Eddy to the safety of the boat," Monroe County Deputy Christopher Aguanno wrote in a report about the incident. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Eddy was taken to the beach where paramedics were waiting before being airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Miami's Jackson Memorial...
    A snorkeler has suffered a severe shoulder injury after being “attacked almost immediately” by a shark when he entered the waters near a lighthouse in the Florida Keys, police say. The victim, Andrew Charles Eddy of Atlanta, was airlifted to a medical facility in Miami Sunday morning following the incident at Sombrero Key Light outside of Marathon, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says. “This was a very rare medical crisis for the Florida Keys, but everyone came together – including those witnesses on the boat to 911 communicators to all our emergency responders – in order to ensure this victim received life-saving care,” Sheriff Rick Ramsay said in a statement. A bull shark swims through deep water off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says boaters spotted one of these sharks in the waters where the attack in the Florida Keys happened this weekend. (iStock) FISHERMAN SEES 10-FOOT GREAT WHITE SHARK 2 DAYS IN A ROW OFF CAPE COD  Investigators say the 30-year-old was snorkeling at a reef with family on a private boat when he was bitten by the shark, described by witnesses as being between eight to...
    KEY LARGO, Fla. – A 64-year-old Texas man died Wednesday during a diving trip in the Florida Keys, sheriff’s officials said. Blake Willis, of Trinidad, Texas, was unconscious when crew members from the Sea Dwellers Dive Center removed him from the water, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Willis was taking part in a dive on the SS Benwood Wreck off of Key Largo, officials said. The crew began CPR and Willis was taken to shore, where paramedics were waiting. He was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later. Autopsy results are pending, the sheriff’s office said. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
    Authorities are calling for extreme precautions in South Florida, where the cone of uncertainty is located in that area Forecast of the path of Tropical Storm Laura. Photo: National Hurricane Center / Courtesy Monroe County Mayor Doesn’t Want to Take a Chance on the Florida Keys since it is within the cone of uncertainty of the passage of tropical storm Laura. That’s why Mayor Heather Carruthers declared a local state of emergency for the Keys and issued mandatory evacuation to all those living in boats, mobile homes, RVs, trailers and caravans. It may interest you: Puerto Rico will receive strong winds and torrential rains due to storm Laura Tropical Storm #Laura has formed and may threaten Florida, Gulf Coast next week: https://t.co/8rO3zVRX3i pic.twitter.com/7Std3QMW60 – The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 21, 2020 Shelters will open Sunday at 3pm for all those residents who need it. “If you are on a boat, we ask you not to sail. The same with the residents of mobile homes, ”he stressed. The mayor is not asking tourists in hotels to...
    MIAMI.- At least 37 people have been infected with dengue this year in the Florida Keys, where there is an outbreak of local transmission such as has not been seen in a decade. According to what the health authorities of the Keys told the public broadcaster WRLN, the antibody tests carried out in Cayo Largo, the island closest to the continental US coast, have allowed the detection of eleven more cases of the disease in the last week, transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Another 26 had previously been counted, according to the Florida Department of Health office in Monroe County, which includes the Keys, a rosary of islands located between the southern tip of Florida and the northern coast of Cuba, at the beginning of the month. Only 90 miles (144 km) separate Key West from Cuba. Monroe County, which has a subtropical climate, is home to more than 45 species of mosquitoes, according to the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMDC) website. For years, the possibility of spreading the genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes produced by the Oxitec...
    MIAMI — Not long after the August full moon, Florida’s reefs are the scene of an annual show of sexual reproduction called the coral spawn, with coral colonies releasing masses of tiny white, pink and orange spheres into the ocean.This year, for the first time, corals raised by scientists in a lab and transplanted to the natural reefs are primed to join the spawn — a promising milestone for ongoing efforts to restore the ravaged reef systems off South Florida.“This is really amazing because we had no idea what to expect when we planted these corals five years ago,” said Hanna Koch, a coral rep… Read More
    MIAMI.- Health authorities reported that there are now 21 cases of locally transmitted dengue in the Florida Keys, the southernmost tip of the state, where an outbreak of this disease had not occurred for ten years. “The last time the Keys had a dengue fever outbreak was in 2010,” said Alison Kerr, a spokeswoman for the Health Department in Monroe County, where the keys are, according to media reports from that archipelago. The Florida Department of Health details on its website that eight of the cases were filed in late June. According to the state agency, the dengue virus was eradicated from the United States decades ago and the only cases that were registered until 2009 were of people who contracted the disease in countries where it was present. However, in 2009 there was an outbreak of local transmission in Key West, in the Florida Keys, with 22 confirmed cases. In 2010 there were 60 cases and since then there have been some isolated cases. The Health Department called on the community to protect itself from mosquitoes that infect...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Monroe County health officials have confirmed four new cases of Dengue fever in the county. Officials said the affected individuals have received medical treatment and are expected to make a full recovery. There are now a total of 21 confirmed cases of Dengue in Monroe County. Epidemiological studies are being conducted to determine the origin and extent of these infections. The Department of Health in Monroe and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District are working to continue surveillance and prevention efforts including increasing mosquito control activities in the Key Largo (Upper Keys) area. Dengue can present as a severe flu-like illness with severe muscle aches and pain, fever, and sometimes a rash. Usually, there are no respiratory symptoms. Symptoms of Dengue will appear within 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Dengue fever is not contagious but is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. Keys residents are urged to keep the area around their residences free from containers that collect water, wearing protective clothing, and use insect repellents.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Monroe County health officials have confirmed a new case of Dengue fever in the county. Officials said the affected individual has received medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. There are now a total of 17 confirmed cases of Dengue in Monroe County. Epidemiological studies are being conducted to determine the origin and extent of these infections. The Department of Health in Monroe and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District are working closely to continue surveillance and prevention efforts including increasing mosquito control activities in the Key Largo (Upper Keys) area. Dengue can present as a severe flu-like illness with severe muscle aches and pain, fever, and sometimes a rash. Usually, there are no respiratory symptoms. Symptoms of Dengue will appear within 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Dengue fever is not contagious but is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. Keys residents are urged to keep the area around their residences free from containers that collect water, wearing protective clothing, and use insect repellents.
    Monroe County commissioners decided to keep the 2020 mini lobster season current, a Florida Keys tradition that was at stake due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the state and in the county itself. Commissioners, however, fear that the two-day activity will draw large crowds and contribute to the spread of the virus, so they took other measures. The County restricted public access to the boat ramps at Rowell’s Park and Bay Drive. The boat ramps at Sunset Point and Harry Harris Park will only be accessible to residents between July 24 and August 9. During the emergency commission meeting on Tuesday, county officials decided not to send a letter canceling the event to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, so from July 29 to 30, boaters will be able to capture shellfish. In June, the county opened to tourists for the first time in months. Other restrictions by COVID-19, such as the number of people allowed in a vacation rental, were also approved and ratified at the meeting. Commissioners decided Tuesday that vacation rentals...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Monroe County officials have confirmed an additional three cases of dengue fever in the county. Officials said the affected individuals have received medical treatment and are expected to make a full recovery. There are now a total of 14 confirmed cases of dengue in the county. Epidemiological studies are being conducted to determine the origin and extent of these infections. Dengue can present as a severe flu-like illness with severe muscle aches and pain, fever, and sometimes a rash. Usually, there are no respiratory symptoms. Symptoms of Dengue will appear within 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Dengue fever is not contagious but is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. Keys residents are urged to keep the area around their residences free from containers that collect water, wearing protective clothing, and use insect repellents.
    A rare hybrid hawksbill-green sea turtle is taking part in a long-distance online “race” following the migration of sea turtles over three months. The turtle, known as Maisy and who was rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, has a satellite tracking transmitter attached to its shell and has been released. The Sea Turtle Conservancy organizes the annual project called the Tour de Turtles, which is intended to raise awareness about sea turtles and threats to their survival. Members of the public can monitor competitors’ progress online. Maisy was suffering from fibropapillomatosis, a herpes-like virus affecting sea turtles around the world, when it was rescued almost a year ago off the Lower Keys, according to The Associated Press. The turtle received multiple treatments at the hospital, including antibiotics and the removal of several tumors. The reptile is apparently the first of nine hard-shell turtles to be fitted with a satellite transmitter. The others will be released off Florida by the end of July, according to Dan Evans, a senior research biologist with the Sea Turtle Conservancy. “Beyond the...
    Anyone in the Florida Keys will be required to wear a face mask to help curb the spread of coronavirus or get hit with a $500 civil fine. Monroe County Commission has reversed its earlier position and now requires employees and customers to wear masks in any business. Facial coverings will be required until June 1, 2021, but the commission will reconsider the order every three months. “Facial coverings over the nose and mouth must be worn in business establishments and other public settings where there is a roof overhead,” said county spokesperson Kristen Livengood in a press release. The types of coverings allowed include face masks, homemade masks, bandanas or handkerchiefs. Monroe County asks that people save N95 masks for workers on the front lines. Officers who see anyone violating the restrictions can issue a citation up to $500. Monroe County has been restricted to outsiders due to the coronavirus pandemic until June 1. Children ages six and under wont be required to wear masks. Related Stories: Mississippi Links COVID-19 Spike to Fraternity Parties AMC Theaters Reverses Course on Virus...
    Officials have ruled visitors and residents of the Florida Keys will be required to wear face masks until June 2021. The Monroe County Commission voted Wednesday to require anyone, including employees and customers, to wear face coverings at any business or establishment, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "Facial coverings over the nose and mouth must be worn in business establishments and other public settings where there is a roof overhead," said county spokesperson Kristen Livengood in a press release. Key West had previously imposed this ruling, however, some parts of the Keys have relaxed these requirements after Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisReady Responders CEO Justin Dangel stresses importance of Medicaid population; Fauci says he won't attend Trump rally this weekend Florida, Texas and Arizona set records for daily COVID-19 cases GOP tentatively decides on Jacksonville for site of convention MORE' (R) initiated Phase 2 of Florida's reopening plan that started June 5. Still, the ruling from Monroe County now calls facial coverings mandatory, and violators could face a $500 civil fine. The ruling comes as several studies released recently suggest that...
    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Officials have solved the killing of a teenager in the Florida Keys who was raped and strangled with her bikini top on Valentine’s Day 1991. The victim has finally been identified as 18-year-old Wanda Deann Kirkum of Hornell, New York. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says her killer was Robert Lynn Bradley, who was murdered a year later in Texas at the age of 31. Officials used DNA technology to identify both the victim and the suspect. DNA obtained from the 1991 crime scene in the Florida Keys matched DNA from Bradley’s own homicide scene in April 1992. The Tarrant County, Texas, investigation also indicated that Bradley had lived in Miami in late 1990. The case became known as the “Valentine Jane Doe Homicide.” Kirkum was seen hitchhiking out of Key West that evening. Windsurfers found her body the following morning off a dirt road in an area known as the “Horseshoe.” She was face down, nude and had been strangled with her bikini top. Sheriff’s officials said Kirkum was never reported missing, and both...
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