In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Key West Mayor Craig Cates, right, greets passengers from the Empress of the Seas cruise ship Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Key West. The ship’s port call marked the first time a cruise ship has docked in Key West since Hurricane Irma.
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Key West Mayor Craig Cates, right, greets passengers from the Empress of the Seas cruise ship Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Key West. The ship’s port call marked the first time a cruise ship has docked in Key West since Hurricane Irma. Rob O'Neal AP
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Key West Mayor Craig Cates, right, greets passengers from the Empress of the Seas cruise ship Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Key West. The ship’s port call marked the first time a cruise ship has docked in Key West since Hurricane Irma. Rob O'Neal AP

The Keys will officially reopen to tourists Sunday, nearly 3 weeks ahead of schedule

September 25, 2017 12:11 PM

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