CHECKPOINTS  INTO THE FLORIDA KEYS START SMOOTHLY

OFFICIALS RESTRICTING TRAVEL ON FLORIDA KEYS OVERSEAS HIGHWAY (U.S. 1)

CHECKPOINTS BEGAN SMOOTHLY ON FRIDAY

To limit exposure to coronavirus in Monroe County, the County released an order on March 24, 2020 to restrict access to the Florida Keys and to reinforce the island chain’s closure to visitors and non-residents. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office coordinated implementation of southbound traffic stops at mile marker 112.5 on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, and on State Road 905 (Card Sound Road) that began early on Friday, March 27. 

Only residents, property owners, and those actively involved in work in the Florida Keys will be admitted, including fuel tankers, delivery and grocery trucks.

Proof of residency can be demonstrated with a resident reentry sticker, local identification, utility bill, deed, lease or tax bill. Those actively engaged in work in the Florida Keys, such as construction workers, will need to show a letter from their employer, employee identification, a paystub, or current construction contract in the Keys. First responders, healthcare workers and military actively engaged in work in the Keys will need proper IDs.  

Operations at the checkpoint went even more smoothly than expected on the first day. See the photos below.

Long delays remain possible at checkpoints and officials advise not to call 911 with non-emergency questions about U.S. 1. 

Go to www.monroecountyem/covid-19 for more information about Monroe County’s response to COVID-19, INCLUDING ALL UPDATES REGARDING U.S. 1. Residents can call the Monroe County Emergency Management information hotline at 800-955-5504.

Checkpoint sign

Checkpoint aerial
Photos provided by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau