The Florida Keys will officially welcome back visitors as early as Sunday, nearly three weeks ahead of its original schedule. The reopening is largely based on a need to support local businesses that rely heavily on tourism, the region’s No. 1 industry. And it meets Gov. Rick Scott’s ambitious deadline for the Keys, also set for Sunday. “We know we have a long way to go before the Keys fully recover,” Monroe County Mayor George Neugent said in a statement. “But because tourism is our top economic engine and many of our residents’ livelihoods depend on it, we also know that we need to begin asking visitors to return.”
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