Joe Walsh, the owner of Fogarty’s on Duval Street was arrested shortly after midnight on New Years for failing to comply with the county’s curfew. He was cited with a misdemeanor count of violating an emergency management directive.
According to the directive, non essential businesses were expected to close at 10pm on New Years, essential shutting down the Key West entertainment district two hours before the stroke of midnight. Upset tourists formed a protest on Duval Street not accepting the curfew saying that they came to Key West because of the lack of rules. Police were called in and the crowd was dispersed shortly after 11pm.
A SWAT team, officers with long guns and code enforcement arrived at Duval Street shortly after 10pm. When Fogarty’s refused to close, Walsh was arrested.