Florida’s Upcoming Summer

By:Summer Livengood Florida is a very touristy area. Key West gets over 550 tourists a week. You would never guess how many we get during summer break. Over 3 million people just during the summer.  `Now for the small Florida keys, that’s a lot of people. It also hurts our oceans and other communities. Bars stay open longer, beaches get more pollution. The summer comes … Continue reading Florida’s Upcoming Summer

Florida advising against COVID-19 vaccinations for healthy children

Back in November of last year, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that children get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it became available to them, and since then, about 22 million children have been vaccinated. However, on Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) announced that they recommend that healthy children in the state not get vaccinated, making Florida the first … Continue reading Florida advising against COVID-19 vaccinations for healthy children

Biden to distribute 400 million N95 masks across America for free

Just days after the White House said they would be allowing Americans to order free at home Covid tests, another development in the battle against the Omicron variant has been made. The Biden Administration (the people in the executive branch who work under President Biden) has announced that they’ll be distributing 400 million masks for free across America. Instead of cloth masks, the kind of … Continue reading Biden to distribute 400 million N95 masks across America for free

New Covid Variant: Omicron

(Featured Image provided by Thomas Faull/Alamy Live News/Alamy Live News) Just when we thought that the Alpha and Delta variants were already bad enough, a new covid variant, labeled the Omicron variant has just recently been identified in South Africa. The variant has different symptoms than normal and is rumored to be able to be spread faster, especially among younger people. Around November 18th, Dr. … Continue reading New Covid Variant: Omicron

KWHS Students’ Perspectives: Are masks still a thing?

**DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT EXPRESS THE VIEWS OF THE AUTHOR AND STAFF MEMBERS OF “THE SNAPPER”** Throughout 2021, the mask policy at Key West High School (KWHS) has changed drastically over the COVID-19 year. Starting as wearing them full time, then students wavering the facial guards with parent consent, and now a choice for students and teachers.  In an anonymous survey run by Google … Continue reading KWHS Students’ Perspectives: Are masks still a thing?

Australia reopens to International travel

The Australian Government has officially reopened the country for international air and sea travel to the country after 2 years of some of the most intense travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Many families who had been traveling overseas were stuck outside of their home country, and some had reportedly been trying to get back into Australia since the day the travel closure was announced. … Continue reading Australia reopens to International travel

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, dies at 84

Colin Luther Powell, the first African-American US Secretary of State, died at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at 84 years old due to complications related to his battle with blood cancer and COVID-19. Powell served under the Bush administration during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and also was serving in the Joint Chiefs of staff as the organization’s chairman before he became … Continue reading Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, dies at 84

Monroe County Loses a Crucial Part of the Keys

On Monday, September 6, 2021, a beloved member of the Monroe County government, Mike Forster, passed due to complications of COVID-19 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Forster was a dedicated member of his community and the Florida Keys. As an elected official for the Village of Islamorada for 12 years and his recent induction into the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners, Forster proved … Continue reading Monroe County Loses a Crucial Part of the Keys

Florida withdraws salaries from two school boards over mask mandates

                    Florida Governor Ron Desantis (Photo provided by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Lately, Florida has become an epicenter for COVID, as cases have skyrocketed and over 90% of the state’s ICU room is occupied. Because of this, many school districts in Florida have implemented mask mandates. However, in July, Florida’s governor Ron Desantis banned … Continue reading Florida withdraws salaries from two school boards over mask mandates