Individual lights and fireworks, viewed from the 86-foot-high observation deck of the Key West Lighthouse, light up the sky over Key West’s Old Town district at midnight on Dec. 31. Though Key West observed a 10 p.m. curfew over New Year’s weekend to help curtail COVID-19 transmission, locals and visitors were invited to participate in an “Illuminate Key West” virtual event that included a Florida Keys Media radio simulcast countdown broadcast from the Lighthouse grounds and invited one and all to shine individual lights into the sky at midnight to welcome the New Year.
Illuminate Key West was among the final events of Key West Holiday Fest. It was a virtual and stay-at-home lightshow and radio broadcast because of the city’s 10 p.m. curfew, which was designed to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Florida Keys Media general manager Rick Lopez (left), radio host Bill Hoebee (right) and “We’ve Got the Keys” owner and event director Nadene Grossman Orr (center) ring in the New Year on the grounds of the Key West Lighthouse. Grossman Orr designed the Illuminate Key West event to bring the pandemiccaused socially distanced community together via light and sound. Photos by Carol Tedesco