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With Irma gone, the last manned toll booth in the Keys is ready to exit

Toll booth collector Ken Murray, nicknamed 'Cowboy', on his last day of collecting tolls on Card Sound Road after working there after 25 years. The booth was one of the last manned tollbooths in Florida, Aug. 31, 2017.
Toll booth collector Ken Murray, nicknamed 'Cowboy', on his last day of collecting tolls on Card Sound Road after working there after 25 years. The booth was one of the last manned tollbooths in Florida, Aug. 31, 2017. cmguerrero@elnuevoherald.com

Monroe County’s last manned toll booth — like all of its colorful characters — has got to go.

The county is demolishing the structure, so Card Sound Road will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Dec. 5-6. If the work isn’t done, the road closure will extend to the same hours the next day. The switch is part of the project to bring all electronic tolling to the road.

Hurricane Irma delayed the demolition from its previously planned date.

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