Keys set to welcome visitors after brush with Isaac

Keys officials have discontinued a directive discouraging visitors from travelling to the Florida Keys that was initiated when Tropical Storm Isaac threatened the island chain. After the National Hurricane Center dropped a tropical storm warning Monday, local officials said visitors could begin returning immediately. Keys tourism officials said hotels are ready to accommodate visitors. Some tourism-oriented businesses might require a little more time to undo hurricane protective actions, but should be fully operational by Wednesday, well before the traditionally busy Labor Day weekend. Isaac’s centre skirted Key West Sunday bringing 60 mph sustained winds that left only minor impacts on the Keys, emergency management officials said, adding that virtually all infrastructure elements are operating normally. Labor Day weekend events throughout the island chain are continuing as planned, including a Heroes Welcome tribute and concert on Duck Key, a family friendly triathlon in Marathon and the Key West BrewFest benefiting local charitable efforts. In addition, Womenfest Key West begins Sept. 4 as scheduled. (

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