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From City Administrator Moonis (October 17, 2017):
RE: Street to Street Debris Removal to Cease October 24th, 2017.

The City began moving and hauling debris immediately after Hurricane IRMA. Good planning! First, I want to thank Vice-Mayor Sutton and Building Code Official Borysiewicz for taking the lead and operations of the clean-up. They and the contractors have been invaluable and produced an excellent job of cleaning up the Gem of the Florida Keys. The residents have done an outstanding job of returning to their homes and we are grateful! Thank you again.

We have made numerous passes throughout KCB, at a great expense. It is time to end street-to-street debris hauling. Most everyone had ample time to clean out their property over the past 35 days. Therefore, effective Tuesday, October 24 (Day42), at 5:00 p.m., the City of KCB will cease all debris pickup as a result of Hurricane IRMA.

All typical household trash, recycling and normal yard waste will continue to be picked up by our Marathon Garbage Service on their scheduled days.

No storm or construction debris will be picked up curbside. All property owners will be responsible for providing dumpsters or other means of removing any debris after the 24th of October. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me directly on my cell phone at 717.725.5508.

Please remember to register with FEMA if you haven’t done so already.

 

Thank you for your cooperation. –Chris.

 

IRMA PLUS ONE MONTH – From Mayor John DeNeale:

October 13, 2017)(

First of all, I want to pass on some important information:
– October 14th, FIRM is hosting an insurance assistance workshop at
*2798 Overseas Hwy, Monroe County Board of County Commissioners Chambers) 3:00pm – 6:00pm

– October 15, FIRM is hosting an insurance assistance workshop at
* Whale Harbor, 83413 Overseas Hwy (Islamorada) 10:00am – 1:00pm
* Murray Nelson Board of County Commissioner’s Chambers, 102050 Overseas Hwy (Key Largo) 3:00pm – 6:00pm;

– November 9th is the last day to apply for FEMA Individual assistance;

– The KCB business tax deadline is extended to December 1st;

– Commissioner Tracy reports that her Cabana Club will be opening in early December;

– The Key Colony Inn hopes to be open in a couple of weeks;

– The Fishing and Boating Club will start their season schedule on time in Marble Hall;

– Our Community Association will also start hosting their events as scheduled.

I have been receiving e-mails asking how the City is recovering from Irma. Today, we are still pretty banged up, but through the efforts of your city staff and some great contractors cleaning up debris 7 days a week, we are looking better than any place I have seen in the Keys. Our disaster recovery team headed by City Administrator Chris Moonis, Operations Coordinator Vice-Mayor Ron Sutton and Insurance/FEMA Coordinator Commissioner Jim Pettorini are leading our staff through huge obstacles as we restore our city to the Gem it is.

Our police have worked long and hard hours keeping us and our properties safe as our residents evacuated and returned. Chief Digiovanni has just completed a survey of our canals. There are some obstacles, but they are open and we ask for your close attention to safe and slow navigation (Idle Speed) as we clear them.

Ed Borysiewicz and our Building & Public Works Department are spearheading cleanup and rebuilding while keeping the work moving and safe, cutting red tape where possible. Building permits are flying out the door. They are also conducting rental inspections.

The City’s staff is finally shifting modes from helping you with recovery questions to a more normal business routine to support your needs. Our City Clerk Kathryn McCullough’s team is the best in the Keys.

Joe and our Post Office team have also been forced out into a trailer, but are keeping regular hours.

I would be remiss if I did not thank Dave Evans and our Sewer Plant staff. We were up and running in days after the storm. What a great relief to know that a major concern, sanitation, was not an issue.

I hope I did not miss recognizing anyone’s hard work. Our entire city team and our partners in the County, State and Federal Government have been fantastic.

Now, we still have challenges:

Storm debris is not just a city issue but a state issue. This monster storm has stressed state resources to an unprecedented level. Our streets are mostly clear, but we have major issues clearing the large collection debris piles from KCB. We have an intergovernmental agreement with the County for debris removal and I have been addressing this with our County Mayor. Marathon Garbage is back on a regular schedule now, taking your garbage, recycling and yard waste. Please have your yard waste in cans or bundled for their pickup and recycling in the proper containers.

Our city infrastructure is also in need of much work. City Hall was badly flooded and your Commission voted to hire an architect to design a new building. We need to have our city’s center replaced with a building that will support our needs well into the future and built to the current codes and floodplain. Funding will of course be an issue for our small city, but we are exploring grants, low interest loans and asking our State leadership for assistance. We will be moving back into our current City Hall as soon as we make temporary repairs. Much of our equipment and vehicles were also damaged and need to be replaced.

Our parks and recreation facilities are sad to look at, but we are already receiving donations from you that will go directly to our recovery. FEMA has very limited funds available for landscaping. The City is a tax deductable organization for your donations and we greatly appreciate them as we rebuild our parks and all of our important infrastructure.

It is great seeing many of our winter residents returning and I am looking forward to another fun season with friends. I even hope to have my boat back in the water soon as I am told there are big (flag) Yellow Tail Snappers biting on the reef.

CLICK the ‘HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE CENTER’ icon for historical IRMA information including all messages from Mayor John DeNeale and City Administrator Chris Moonis. This is also where videos of our streets and City Official interviews taken the few days after IRMA are viewable.

From Mayor John DeNeale: September 24, 2017:
This will be the last regular hurricane Irma recovery update. I want to welcome our residents back and thank you for following Chris’ and my postings. We hope our updates provided you with the most accurate and timely information available, even though we had very limited communications. With the fantastic team our city has been working the recovery, our partners in Monroe County and the State, our utility services, military and national charities, I will forever be in awe of their accomplishments in only the last two weeks. There are no words worthy enough to thank them. Our city is looking a little banged up today, but I am seeing a lot of great cleanup work that will lead to repairs and rebuilding shortly.

City Hall will be open from 9 AM to 3 PM starting Monday for your recovery needs and limited regular business. City hall has major damage and we hope to be working from temporary trailers soon as we determine if our building can be repaired or must be replaced. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but we will do it as we always have aided by our volunteers and you.
Please look for county wide recovery information at keysrecovery.org. KCB specific important information will still be posted here as necessary.
Thank you,
John DeNeale
Mayor

From Administrator Chris Moonis:IRMA RECOVERY 9.24.17 at 8:30 AM
Continue to check www.keysrecovery.org.
The Boil Water Notice has been lifted for Key Colony Beach.
The city hotline (305) 743-0908 is not currently working. Please use the City’s Main # (305) 289-1212 to contact the City.
The City has called a special meeting on Monday, September 25th, at 10AM. The Agenda includes: 1.) Hiring a structural engineer for the City. 2.) Damage Assessment Protocol and Process, and 3.) Review Top 10 list of recovery issues for the City.
The second budget hearing for the 2017/2018 Budget is continued until October 12th at 5:05pm, at City Hall.
Come to City Hall if you need your power turned on. Remember, if your power wasn’t restored, it could be that you have had salt water intrusion or another unsafe hazard exists. You need to call an electrician to have your meter or other service inspected.
The curfew in greater Marathon is set at midnight through 6am. There will remain a strong police presence in Key Colony Beach and the causeway bridge will have a checkpoint until further notice.
Remember to separate your debris, especially all white goods (air conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, etc., which used to be white. Despite their availability in varied colors now, they are still called white goods.). Duct tape all doors on white goods. Separate all vegetation from construction debris (furniture, drywall, carpet, etc…) Additionally, all household hazardous waste need separated (cleaning products, bleach, pesticides, paint, etc…).

From Administrator Chris Moonis:
IRMA RECOVERY 9.23.17 at 8:30AM
***The BOIL WATER NOTICE has been lifted for Key Colony Beach. We now have potable water!! Some parts of Marathon are still under the notice.
**The City has called a special meeting on Monday, September 25th, at 10AM. The Agenda includes: 1.) Hiring a structural engineer for the City. 2.) Damage Assessment Protocol and Process, and 3.) Review Top 10 list of recovery issues for the City.
*The second hearing for the 2017/2018 Budget has been continued until October 12th at 5:05pm at City Hall.
*City Hall is open today and tomorrow. Generally 8:30am – 3pm (Sat.) and 2PM (Sun.). Starting Monday, until further notice, City Hall hours will be: 9am – 3pm daily for the purposes of disaster recovery and “limited” city hall business.
*Come to City Hall if you need your power turned on. The Co-op will pick up the list daily to restore service. Co-op personnel will remain in the City as long as practical to restore service in this manner versus calling the co-op directly. Please remember, if your power wasn’t restored it could be that you have had salt water intrusion or another unsafe hazard exists. You may need to call an electrician to have your meter or other service inspected. We do not need your property to catch fire as a result of power restoration.
*The curfew in greater Marathon is set at midnight through 6am. There will remain a strong police presence in Key Colony Beach and the causeway bridge will have a checkpoint until further notice.
*A mobile hospital is set to open at Fisherman’s on Monday. It is uncertain when the DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team) hospital will demobilize in Marathon but is likely to happen AFTER the mobile hospital is operational at Fisherman’s. Mariner’s and Lower Keys Medical are both operational.
*Remember to separate you debris, especially all white goods (Heavy consumer durables such as air conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, etc., which used to be painted only in white enamel finish. Despite their availability in varied colors now, they are still called white goods.). Duct tape all doors on white goods. Separate all vegetation from construction debris (furniture, drywall, carpet, etc…) All household hazardous waste need separated (cleaning products, bleach, pesticides, paint, etc…).
Continue to check www.keysrecovery.org.
*Please scroll down to prior posts for additional information. A question may have already been answered.

From Administrator Chris Moonis:
IRMA RECOVERY 9.22.17 at 8:30AM
*If you are a property owner and have yet to return or do not have someone dealing with the sanitation, water infiltration, possible mold growth (the overall health and safety of your property, your neighbors and the island generally) you should make provisions to do so in the immediate future. The public health is of most concern on this issue. We will have more guidance on this early next week. Do not delay.
*The City is allowing basic cleanup and to make your house safe, secure and heathy. All reconstruction however requires you to use a licensed and insured contractor and you or them must come to City Hall prior to work starting. Permits may also be required but check first with the building code office; Ed or Gerard.
*The KCB Post Office is now open from 11:00am-4:00pm.
*Residents arriving needing their power turned on: come to City Hall, give address, name and telephone number. The Co-op will pick up list daily to restore service.
*City Hall will be open for recovery questions on Saturday between 8:30am and 3:00pm and Sunday between 8:30am and 2:00pm.
*The curfew in greater Marathon is now set from midnight to 6am until further notice.
*Make sure you have ID and proof of property ownership to enter KCB after dusk. We continue to have law enforcement at the bridge to control the island.
*The Circle K is open in KCB and generally has gas!
*Any freezers or refrigerators placed at the street must be securely duct-taped in order to be removed. City Hall has a limited amount of duct tape if you need it.
*Call FEMA at 1 800 621 3362 if you need transitional housing assistance.
*City Hall has received donations of food, water, and various supplies. If you need something, please come and see if anything is of use.
*There is staff in and around City Hall today for recovery-related questions. Be patient as we have NOT resumed regular business operations. We have asked for FEMA trailers as temporary office space while City Hall is repaired.
*A boil water notice remains in effect.
*We are now under a Conservation Advisory for water use. Water should still be primarily used for sanitation purposes however limited uses for cleaning homes due to storm damage. Low volume pressure washers encouraged! We do not believe the filling of swimming pools is permitted at this point.
Continue to check www.keysrecovery.org.

*Please scroll down to prior posts for additional information. A question may have already been answered.

Date: September 19, 2017 at 11:24:50 AM EDT
To: Undisclosed recipients:;
Subject: U.S. Senator Bill Nelson- Important Information
Date: September 19, 2017 at 11:24:50 AM EDT
To: Undisclosed recipients:;
Subject: U.S. Senator Bill Nelson- Important Information

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Dear Floridians,

Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, prompting one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history.

This massive storm affected every part of our state. And as we now begin the process of cleaning up and rebuilding, I encourage every Floridian affected by this storm to apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as possible. You may be eligible for financial help or even direct assistance for things such as: clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses and more.

If you’re eligible, it’s important that you get your FEMA claim in as soon as possible, without delay.

To apply for FEMA assistance visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585.

Please take a few minutes to review the information provided below. You may be eligible for other temporary assistance and benefits.

As I travel around our state, I am heartened by the stories I am hearing over and over again of Floridians helping Floridians. And I encourage you to share this information with your friends and neighbors as we work together to rebuild our state.

If you need any additional help, please don’t hesitate to contact our office by e-mail at: IrmaAssistance@billnelson.senate.gov, by phone toll free in Florida at 1-888-671-4091, or by stopping by one of our regional offices listed below.
Sincerely,

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
If you need emergency help call 9-1-1.

HELP FOR SENIORS
If you know of a senior who needs assistance call 9-1-1 and contact the Florida Department of Elder Affairs hotline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). To report elder abuse, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).

BASIC SUPPLIES
If you need supplies, such as food, water, or ice, please contact your county emergency management at: http://www.floridadisaster.org/fl_county_em.asp or by phone at (850) 815-4001 for the location of the nearest distribution center. Your county emergency management can provide up–to-date information about shelters and local distribution centers for food and supplies.

FEMA ASSISTANCE
Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma should apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as their county is granted Individual Assistance. Financial help and direct services may be available from FEMA for clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses, and more.

To apply visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585. For a list of counties approved for Individual Assistance visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337#.

HELP FOR VETERANS
Veterans needing assistance or medication can contact the Veteran Disaster Hotline at 1-800-507-4571 or go to any VA medical facility for assistance.

DIALYSIS
To find a dialysis center in your area visit: http://www.dialysisunits.com/. Patients of DaVita Dialysis may contact 1-800-400-8331 to find the nearest Dialysis Center.

MENTAL HEALTH
If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress please call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor. You may also visit: http://bit.ly/2vH2Huc for more information about managing stress after a disaster and talking with children about traumatic events.

TAX RELIEF
Floridians in counties granted Individual Assistance may be eligible for tax relief from the IRS. To learn more about IRS assistance for victims of Hurricane Irma visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma.

DISASTER RECOVERY LOANS
The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing various disaster loans to qualifying Floridians in several counties. For more information about SBA disaster loans visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-irma.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides loans and assistance to qualifying individuals, businesses, and communities after disasters. For more information visit: https://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster/storms, or contact the USDA office in Florida at: (352) 338-3400.

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Floridians who are unemployed as a result of the disaster are encouraged to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the U.S. Department of Labor. For additional information about DUA visit: https://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/disaster.asp or contact the U.S. Department of Labor by phone at 1-866-487-2365.

MORTGAGE RELIEF
To find out if you qualify for temporary mortgage relief such as a suspension of mortgage payments for up to 12 months, or suspension of late fees, visit the Freddie Mac website at: http://www.freddiemac.com/about/hurricane-relief.html. For additional information visit the Fannie Mae website at: http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-fm/hurricane-relief.html or by phone at 1-800-2FANNIE (800-232-6643).

HURRICANE RESPONSE HIRING
The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring a variety of temporary positions located throughout Florida now through December 31, 2017. For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-response-jobs-sba#section-header-4

ADDITION ASSISTANCE
For in-person assistance with storm related questions, or to apply for benefits you may visit your local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. For a list of Centers in your area visit: http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm

BILL NELSON OFFICES IN FLORIDA

Broward
3416 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
Phone: 954-693-4851

Ft. Myers
2000 Main Street
Suite 801
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: 239-334-7760

Jacksonville
1301 Riverplace Blvd.
Suite 2010
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-346-4500

Miami-Dade
2555 Ponce De Leon Boulevard
Suite 610
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: 305-536-5999

Orlando
225 East Robinson Street
Suite 410
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-872-7161

Tallahassee
111 North Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: 850-942-8415

Tampa
801 N. Florida Ave.
4th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040

West Palm Beach
413 Clematis Street
Suite 210
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-514-0189

From Administrator Chris Moonis:
IRMA EOC RECOVERY CALL 9.20.17 at 8:30 AM

*The BOIL WATER NOTICE is still in effect for the greater Marathon area. Testing of the water has begun in the area; we are hopeful after 2 successful test periods the notice can be lifted. Limit water usage for sanitation purposes only.
*Residents needing their power turned on: come to City Hall, give address, name and telephone number. The Co-op will pick up the list daily to restore service. The Co-op reports all but 200 accounts have been restored to property where there was no damaged meters in the greater Marathon area. However, there are still 1200 accounts the meter has been booted or damaged.
Please remember to have your meter tested/inspected by a licensed electrician if possible. We surely do not want any fires as a result of your electric service. Regardless, if you want the power turned on, the Co-op will restore power. Please be cautious if it wasn’t inspected by an electrician and they deemed your meter to be inspected. A sticker has been placed on each home indicating the Co-ops concerns.
*There is staff in and around City Hall today for recovery-related questions. Be patient as we have NOT resumed regular business operations. We have asked for FEMA trailers as temporary office space while City Hall is repaired.
*Continue to check www.keysrecovery.org.
*There will be a FEMA mobile registration site at the Marathon Community Park beginning tomorrow and for the next 5 days. THIS IS ONLY A REGISTRATION SITE. The FEMA Disaster Center that is scheduled for the same park is not ready yet.
*Commercial flights resumed at Key West Airport today. There is now general aviation at both Marathon and Key West.
*The Marathon school will reopen Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (This is a new date)
*Please scroll down to prior posts for additional information. A question may have already been answered.

From Administrator Chris Moonis:
IRMA EOC RECOVERY CALL 9.19.17 at 8:30 AM

*Residents arriving needing their power turned on: come to City Hall, give address, name and telephone number. The Co-op will pick up list daily to restore service.
*Water pressure is near normal. Our sewer system is working well.
*The checkpoint for Florida Keys Traffic to cease operations Tuesday at 7:30am. Vacationers are asked to postpone immediate plans to visit the region.
The curfew in greater Marathon is set at 10PM.
*There is staff in and around City Hall today for recovery-related questions. Be patient as we have NOT resumed regular business operations. We have asked for FEMA trailers as temporary office space while City Hall is repaired.
There is still limited power and a boil water notice remains in effect. Water is for sanitation purposes only.
Continue to check www.keysrecovery.org.
*Please scroll down to prior posts for additional information. A question may have already been answered.

From Administrator Chris Moonis:
As of the 9/18/17 at 8:30 AM
IRMA EOC RECOVERY CALL 9.18.17 at 8:30AM
Just a few updates (highlighted with an “ * “)
*The controlled power outage today between 8AM and Noon to fix a major insulator was adverted because an outage that happened overnight. They were able to fix the problem.
The curfew in greater Marathon is set at 10PM.
*There will be staff in and around City Hall today for recovery-related questions. Be patient as we have NOT resumed regular business operations. We have asked for FEMA trailers as temporary office space while City Hall is repaired.
*FKAA reports water quality testing is underway. Multiple positive tests need completed BEFORE the boil water notice is lifted. There is still limited power and a boil water notice remains in effect. Water is for sanitation purposes only.
Continue to check www.keysrecovery.org.
*Please scroll down to prior posts for additional information. A question may have already been answered.
“We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.” -Isabel Allende

From Administrator Chris Moonis:
As of the 9/17/17 at 6:30 PM
IRMA EOC RECOVERY CALL 9.17.17 at 6:30PM
Just a few updates from this morning (highlighted with an “ * “)
*Electric Co-op: All street distribution lines are energized in KCB. Your individual meters need to be safe before each property is turned on. We strongly suggest you have a licensed electrician inspect the meter if the co-op has booted or deemed it unsafe. All homes have already been looked at and stickered appropriately by the co-op and they will energize those boxes as soon as possible. For those boxes declared unsafe for any reason, please don’t have it turned on before its replaced or repaired. We do not need house fires during the recovery. Our Vice-Mayor is working directly with the co-op to improve the organization of re-energizing of property tomorrow.
*There will be a controlled power outage tomorrow between 8am and Noon to fix a major insulator that is difficult to reach. When fixed, it will allow more energy across the Keys.
*The curfew in greater Marathon is now set at 10PM.
*There will be staff in and around City Hall tomorrow for recovery related questions. Be patient as we have NOT resumed regular business operations.
Remember to be self-sufficient, including food, water and fuel. There is still limited power and a boil water notice remains in effect. Use water for sanitation purposes only.
The Sheriff posted today all the Florida Keys are open for residents, property owners and businesses to rebuild. If you are returning to the keys for other purposes, you will be turned back. Make sure any of your contractors coming down from the mainland have proper documentation to prove they are doing work for you. I cannot guarantee they will have success at the checkpoint. Checkpoints still remain at Florida City, 7-mile bridge, and 21 separate checkpoints between the 7-mile bridge and Key West to protect property where the majority of the storm hit in the lower keys. Check www.keysrecovery.org.
Have a safe night.

From Key Colony Beach Administrator Chris Moonis:
As of the 9/17/17 at 9:30 AM
IRMA EOC RECOVERY CALL 9.17.17
No material updates from last evening. Remember to be self-sufficient, including food, water and fuel. There is still limited power and a boil water notice remains in effect. Use water for sanitation purposes only.
The Sheriff posted today all the Florida Keys are open for residents, property owners and businesses to rebuild. If you are returning to the keys for other purposes, you will be turned back. Make sure any of your contractors coming down from the mainland have proper documentation to prove they are doing work for you. I cannot guarantee they will have success at the checkpoint.
Checkpoints still remain at Florida City, 7-mile bridge, and 21 separate checkpoints between the 7-mile bridge and Key West to protect property where the majority of the storm hit in the lower keys. The dusk-to-dawn curfew south of Islamorada remains at this point. The curfew could change soon. Check www.keysrecovery.org.
On a personal note:
I am humbled and proud of the work of so many people; too many to mention here. KCB is resilient, with a strong sense of community. I watched the videos posted yesterday of the storm damage in KCB (thank you TV88) and it just hit me again how special we are and how together we will rebuild and make the community tighter, stronger and more prosperous. What we all know, but we do not say it enough is “the people, not the buildings, make it the gem of the Florida Keys” I am grateful to be managing such a special place. Thank you.

From Key Colony Beach Administrator Chris Moonis:
As of the 9/16/17 at 6:30 PM
IRMA Recovery Update 6:30PM EOC Call 9/16/17
**IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KEY COLONY BEACH RESIDENTS**
KCB is open for residents as of TODAY, September 16, 2017. Make sure you have paperwork showing residence or property ownership to be able to get through the checkpoint in Florida City. A hurricane entry sticker makes it easier. The opening of the middle and lower keys are for RESIDENTS and DISASTER RECOVER WORKERS WHO ARE AUTHORIZED.
Please go to www.keysrecovery.org (This was a typo at last update)
*All returning residents must be self-sufficient (including their own food, water and fuel to sustain themselves). You cannot rely on Electric to be operational. You cannot rely on obtaining food or water from distribution centers.
*Many hazards still exit in the area. Use extreme caution once you arrive. If you do not absolutely need to come to KCB, consider waiting as long as you can. Safety first!
*A disaster recovery center will be opening at Marathon City Park in the future.
*We encourage you to bring RVs, Motorhomes, etc., to potentially live in (on your property). Your home may not be livable at this point. I have instructed our Code Enforcement Officer to temporarily suspend enforcement of RV/Motorhome compliance. Make sure these vehicles are on your property; out of the City right-of-way or city streets. Be prepared to live elsewhere if your home condition is uninhabitable. There are limited accommodations elsewhere.
*A BOIL WATER Notice remains in effect and will continue until further instructed. There is now an emergency order making it a 2nd degree misdemeanor for improper use of water. Sanitation purposes ONLY. Water is limited, conserve water!
*When you do receive Electric Service, the power may continue to be unstable as the system continues to be worked on.
*Garbage service resumed today on their regular schedule. This does not include yard waste. Separate all debris at the street moving forward. If household garbage is mixed with storm debris it will not be collected and removal will be the homeowner’s responsibility.
*Unfortunately SCAMs can happen during recovery. Only hire licensed and insured contractors. Work this through the City for added protection.
*KCB Video/Pictures are being taken by TV88 and are now posted on the website.
*Electric Co-op trucks continued in KCB today working on the grid. Some roads are blocked off during this restoration. The road blockage is fluid, so please be patient when you arrive. The Co-op still suggests only 30% – 40% oh homes are powered up in the greater Marathon area.
*City Hall is on regular power. The office is closed for regular business. Staff is generally moving about the City or at City Hall to deal with issues. Be Patient.
*Our Sewer Plant continues to function well, with some minor problems. We switched from generator to electric power today.
*Stay away from all Ports, Marinas, and all nearshore waterways. It is dangerous to travel on the water with debris, down powerlines, sunken boats, etc.… FWC and the Coast Guard are on the water and are strictly enforcing their jurisdictional power. Easy answer… don’t get in a boat and come to the keys at this time.
*Fisherman’s is still closed but trying to have a mobile hospital in place no later than Wednesday. Mariner’s is 24/7 with limited but improved service. The armed services set up a mobile hospital at Marathon City Hall.

From Key Colony Beach Administrator Chris Moonis:
As of the 9/16/17 at 8:30 AM
**IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO ALL KEY COLONY BEACH RESIDENTS**
KCB is open for residents as of 9am TODAY, September 16, 2017. Please make sure you have paperwork showing residence or property ownership to be able to get through the checkpoint in Florida City. A hurricane entry sticker makes it a whole lot easier if you have one. There are no stickers available in KCB last I knew. All points south of the 7-mile bridge will open Sunday at 7AM.
*The opening of the middle and lower keys are for RESIDENTS and DISASTER RECOVER WORKERS WHO ARE AUTHORIZED)
Please go see www.keysrevocery.org for details
Things to remember:
*All returning residents must be self-sufficient (including their own food, water and fuel to sustain themselves). You cannot rely on Electric to be operational nor obtaining food or water from distribution centers.
*Many hazards still exit in the area. Use extreme caution once you arrive. If you do not absolutely need to come to KCB, consider waiting as long as you can.
*A disaster recovery center will be opening at Marathon City Park in the future.
*We encourage you to bring RVs, Motorhomes, etc., to potentially live in (on your property). Your home may not be livable at this point. The Commission will work on a solution to the issue as soon as they can but I have instructed our Code Enforcement Officer to temporarily suspend enforcement of the RV/Motorhome compliance. Please make sure any of these vehicles are on your property and out of the City right-of-way or City Streets.
*Be prepared to need live elsewhere if your home condition makes it uninhabitable at the moment. There will be very limited accommodations elsewhere in the greater Marathon area and South.
*A BOIL WATER Notice remains in effect and will continue until further instructed.
*When you do receive Electric Service, the power may continue to be unstable as the system continues to be worked on.
*KCB Video/Pictures are being taken by TV88 and will be posted on the website today.
*Electric Co-op trucks continue in KCB today working on the grid. Some roads are blocked off during this restoration. The road blockage is fluid, so please be patient when you arrive.
*Our Sewer Plant continues to function well, with some minor problems being addressed continually. We expect to be switched from generator to electric power sometime today.
*Stay away from all Ports, Marinas, and all nearshore waterways. It is dangerous to travel on the water with debris, down powerlines, sunken boats, etc.… FWC and the Coast Guard are on the water and are strictly enforcing their jurisdictional power. Easy answer… don’t get in a boat and come to the keys at this time.
*Fisherman’s is still closed but trying to have a mobile hospital in place no later than Tuesday. Mariner’s is 24/7 with limited but improved service. The armed services set up a mobile hospital at the City of Marathon, City Hall.

From Key Colony Beach Administrator Chris Moonis:
As of the 9/15/17 at 6:30 PM
IRMA Recovery UPDATE!
It’s expected tomorrow at the morning EOC Conference call a re-entry plan will be discussed/finalized. The County wants to make the plan public as soon as possible. Several important factors still outstanding need addressed.
When approved, all returning residents/property owners must be self-sufficient (including their own food, water and fuel to sustain themselves).
KCB Video/Pictures are being taken by TV88 and will be posted on the website.
Electric Co-op reports 65%-75% power restored; most of the outages are in the Marathon area. 15-20 Trucks were in KCB today working on the grid. Two streets have been energized; more tomorrow.
FKAA reports there is no timetable when the system will be fully restored. Water pressure is steadily increasing in KCB. Again, water is for sanitation purposes only and remember we are under a BOIL WATER NOTICE.
Our Sewer Plant continues to function well, with some minor problems being addressed continually. We expect to be switched from generator to electric power sometime tomorrow.
Marathon is looking for an area to setup a FEMA/Disaster recovery center.
The school system has targeted September 25th, Monday, to re-open. Not all schools might be opened at that time, but it’s a target nonetheless.
Debris removal continues in KCB.
A new website has been established by Monroe County. www.keysrecovery.org.
The Keys below Islamorada remain closed to the general population. .
Stay away from all Ports, Marinas, and all nearshore waterways. It is dangerous to travel on the water with debris, down powerlines, sunken boats, etc.… FWC and the Coast Guard are on the water and are strictly enforcing their jurisdictional power. Easy answer… don’t get in a boat and come to the keys at this time.
Fisherman’s is still closed but trying to have a mobile hospital in place no later than Tuesday. Mariner’s is 24/7 with limited but improved service. The armed services set up a mobile hospital at the City of Marathon, City Hall.

From Key Colony Beach Administrator Chris Moonis:
As of the 9/15/17 at 8:30 AM
***The EOC, together with the Sherriff, County Administrator, Marathon and Key Colony are having serious discussions on the status of opening up the Keys down to the North end of the 7-mile bridge sooner rather than later, as I reported yesterday.
***In short, all returning residents should begin to gather all supplies (including their own food, water and fuel to sustain themselves). A specific timetable is now being discussed for that re-entry. I cannot commit at this time but will update the website as soon as a decision is made. Check back tonight to see if a decision was made on the re-opening of the greater Marathon Area. There are still several factors that need addressed before a positive decision.
Cell service is functioning in KCB, generally speaking.
KCB Video/Pictures are being taken by TV88, where possible, and will be posted here as soon as they are available.
All electric meter service inspections have been made in KCB, where possible, power restoration is beginning (Pease note, many poles, wires and transformers are being repaired or replaced…. This process is SLOW)
FKAA reports a lot of service line breaks, throughout the Keys are on personal property. They are asking the EOC to allow plumbing contractors to be allowed into the Keys to repair those lines on private property. This is instrumental to keeping up water pressure throughout the Keys. Water pressure is steadily increasing in KCB. Great news! Again, water is for sanitation purposes only.
Our Sewer Plant continues to function well; however, we still have many issues to overcome.
Marathon is looking for an area to setup a FEMA/Disaster recovery center. As soon as a location is chosen. I will update the website.
Debris removal continues in KCB.
The Electric Co-op reports 60% – 65% restoration of power. However, 4,500 properties in the greater Marathon area still remain without power.
Rest assured our Mayor and Vice- Mayor are working diligently with the EOC to get what KCB needs to move forward quickly. Our staff has been exceptional and need thanked when you return and see them. Please take an opportunity to do so if you feel so inclined. Thank you.
• A new website has been established by Monroe County. The web address is www.keysrecovery.org. The information is comprehensive and growing.
• The Keys below Islamorada remain closed to the general population. .
• Stay away from all Ports, Marinas, and all nearshore waterways. It is dangerous to travel on the water with debris, down powerlines, sunken boats, etc.… FWC and the Coast Guard are on the water and are strictly enforcing their jurisdictional power. Easy answer… don’t get in a boat and come to the keys at this time.
• Fisherman’s is still closed. Mariner’s has limited emergency capability. The armed services set up a mobile hospital at the City of Marathon, City Hall.
• Curfew has changed for the upper keys to 10pm. The previous curfew in the middle and lower keys has not changed.
• Our Chief and his crew are maintaining order on the island and they will have additional manpower coming today and then again over the weekend. The additional manpower are assigned to KCB and will not be pulled from that mission.
• A Search and Rescue Team is on the island and checking door to door for any potential deaths or needed rescue. I have not received any word from that team of any problems. They are clearing the homes, street by street and placing a sticker on each home once cleared.
• Things are looking up!
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From Key Colony Beach Administrator Chris Moonis:
As of the 9/14/17 at 6:30 PM
Administrator Moonis IRMA Recovery Update 6:30PM EOC Call 9/14/17
• A new website has been established by Monroe County. The web address is www.keysrecovery.org. The information is comprehensive and growing.
• The Keys below Islamorada remain closed to the general population. No word on a timetable. Please see information previously posted today.
• The Electric Co-op is reporting out different metrics now stating the following
o Immediately post storm = 5 megawatts, this AM = 35 megawatts and tonight = 50 megawatts (a 15 megawatt increase today) Normal megawatt consumption this time of year = 90 – 130 megawatts.
o 15 Electric trucks in KCB today, many poles and transformers being replaced or repaired. Only electricity in KCB is immediately off US1 near the gas stations and Clara drive. I have no official word that any power is on at any residence this evening…but the trucks are there and working on the KCB grid. Be advised, properties Oceanside may have salt water intrusion in their electric meters… if so, those meters will need to be pulled and then replaced which will delay power to those properties (if they had salt water intrusion).
• Communications are slowly improving for some in the greater Marathon area, however very spotty at best. AT&T and Verizon are in the area so some cell service may start to come back on, albeit SLOWLY. There is Internet service at the Winn Dixie in Big Pine. If you have friends or loved ones who you haven’t had contact with they may get the message to travel to Big Pine to connect.
• Stay away from all Ports, Marinas, and all nearshore waterways. It is dangerous to travel on the water with debris, down powerlines, sunken boats, etc.… FWC and the Coast Guard are on the water and are strictly enforcing their jurisdictional power. Easy answer… don’t get in a boat and come to the keys at this time.
• FKAA reports increased pressure in the Marathon area however the water must be boiled first and without power that poses a significant health problem. Water is ONLY to be used for sanitation purposes. If your water line isn’t broken, water pressure should be holding in the general Marathon area. It isn’t safe to say that pressures are normal in KCB at this point, but are getting stronger.
• Fisherman’s is still closed. Mariner’s has limited emergency capability. The armed services set up a mobile hospital at the City of Marathon, City Hall.
• Curfew has changed for the upper keys to 10pm. The previous curfew in the middle and lower keys has not changed.
• The Sheriff has increased manpower in both the middle and lower keys. There has officially been 2 incidents of looting with the Sherriff and KCB’s Police Chief reports they have has 2 incidents of suspicious persons and they have run them out of KCB. There is a checkpoint at the causeway bridge. Our Chief and his crew are maintaining order on the island and they will have additional manpower coming Friday and then again over the weekend. Those additional manpower are assigned to KCB and will not be pulled from that mission.
• A Search and Rescue Team is on the island and checking door to door for any potential deaths or needed rescue. I have not received any word from that team of any problems. They are clearing the homes, street by street and placing a sticker on each home once cleared.
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From Monroe Country Public Information Service:
As of the 9/14/17 at 11:45 AM
UPDATE

For Immediate Release
Sept. 14, 2017
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Monroe County Emergency Management Hurricane Irma Update, 11:45 a.m.
RE-ENTRY
Re-entry is still limited to residents and business owners in the Upper Keys, to mile marker 73 and only during non-curfew hours. Work is being done as quickly as possible to make it safe enough to open the rest of the Keys to re-entry.
Please be patient. Marathon to Key West still is unsafe to return. There is limited water, food, power, fuel, sewer and medical services.
“We know people are anxious to return but we can’t put an artificial timeline on when it will be safe to return,” Monroe County Health Department Director Bob Eadie. “Now it is not safe for people to come to the Middle Keys. We don’t want to create a health crisis.”
The Upper Keys situation is different. Much of the area has water, power, fuel, a functioning ER (and close proximity to Miami-Dade medical facilities) and open grocery stores and a pharmacy.
POWER
Keys Energy Services, which covers the South end of Seven Mile Bridge to Key West, reports that about 16 percent of their clients now have service in parts of Key West, Stock Island and Key Haven.
The Florida Keys Electric Coop, which services the rest of the Keys, has restored power to about 42 percent of its service area.
WATER
The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority reports it continues to make progress. It now has pressure down to Stock Island. Most of the homes and businesses not receiving water in the Upper and Middle Keys is mostly due to broken lines in people’s yards that were were ripped up by fallen trees.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m., Key West and Stock Island will have water from stored supplies and the reverse osmosis plant.
There are three fill stations for customers. Bring your jugs, 5 gallon buckets, etc. They will be open from 8-6 daily. The locations are as follows:
Mile Marker 10 on Big Coppitt @ FKAA Pump Station Tank
Summerland Key @ Horace Street @ FKAA Pump Station Tank
Big Pine Key @ Drinka Lane across from Winn Dixie

WATER RESTRICTIONS
Water should only be used for sanitation purposes and not for washing cars, boats and houses for now.
BOIL WATER NOTICE
There is still a precautionary boil water notice in effect for all of the Keys.
MEDICAL SERVICES
Disaster Medical Assistance Teams have set up medical care stations at Florida Keys Community College on Stock Island and at Marathon City Hall. They are open 24/7.
SEARCH AND RESCUE
Search and rescue teams continue today to go door to door in the hardest hit areas of the Keys, including Big Pine Key and Cudjoe Key. Military personnel have helped law enforcement break through the debris and assist in the search. The search teams do not enter shuttered homes at this time.
We know that many people are worried about family members and friends who stayed in the Keys during Hurricane Irma and now cannot be reached. The major reason for not being able to reach people is the lack of communication capability in the Keys. Most of the Keys are without internet or cell service.
COUNTY FOOD AND WATER DISTRIBUTION POINTS
Six distribution centers for food and water will be in operation today. They are located at:
Coral Shores High School in Tavernier
Marathon High School
National Key Deer Refuge office on the Overseas Highway in Big Pine Key
Sugarloaf School
Sears Town Plaza in New Town Key West
4th Street parking lot near the soccer field in Bahama Village in Old Town Key West.
DEBRIS REMOVAL FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS
Debris will be picked up from residences and businesses in the days to come. The debris should be piled up near the road. But do not block the road or driveways.
DOCUMENT YOUR PROPERTY DAMAGES
As soon as you can, document all damage in your home and on your property. This can be done with photos and video. This is important for insurance and FEMA claims.
If you think your home is damaged, prior to returning to the Keys, you can download the FEMA app and start a claim now.
CURFEW
The dusk-to-dawn curfew will remain in place until further notice. “Any citizen out moving around at night will be stopped by law enforcement and will be sent home,” Monroe County Sheriff Office Col. Lou Caputo said.
MARINE TOWING AND SALVAGE
Sea Tow Key Largo is up and running. All vessels, salavage equipment, trucks and trailers are ready for work. If you need assistance, call: 502-645-3578 or 305-451-3330.
CELL SERVICE
Cell service still is spotty and mostly unavailable in the Keys. AT&T and Verizon crews are working to restore service.
There is not land lines or cell service available at the Emergency Operations Center in Marathon. This is a restricted space for first responders who are working around the clock to help the community recover and get resources to the people who need it.
HOW TO GET INFORMATION WITH NEW WEBSITE
Monroe County Emergency Management has a new website dedicated solely to the Hurricane Irma Recovery Effort. It is www.keysrecovery.org.
Information also is available on Facebook (Monroe County BOCC) and Twitter (@monroecounty) with #keysrecovery
Monroe County’s Information Hotline is back on line at 1-800-955-5504.
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From KCB Administrator Chris Moonis:
As of the 9/14/17 at 8:30 AM
A new website has been established by Monroe County. It hasn’t been populated yet with a lot of information, but it will be soon. The web address is www.keysrecovery.org
Unfortunately, for those who want to return to Key Colony Beach in the near future, Monroe County Health Director advised us today for health and safety reasons, the Middle and Lower Keys could be closed off for up to 30 days. Only emergency personnel, approved supply distribution companies (e.g. Home Depot, Publix, etc.), and government authorized contractors will be allowed past the checkpoints. However, I do know the County EOC is having discussions with all key local government leaders to access the situation daily, trying to make a decision to SAFELY allow residents re-entry as soon as possible.
The Electric Co-op still suggests about 13,500 customer have power, while 19,000 are still out of service. We expect a crew in KCB today, however we do not know the extent to which service may be restored and where. I will likely have more details at the evening post to the website.
Communications are slowly improving for some in the greater Marathon area, however very spotty at best. AT&T is setting up their mobile antennas in the Marathon area so some cell service may start to come back on, albeit SLOWLY. Be advised however, as some cell services come on line, many people will be trying to use the cell towers and will limit communication. I suggest trying to text first as you have a better chance of a text going through.
The Sherriff is requesting additional law enforcement from outside the area to enhance patrols in the middle and lower keys. Primarily to prevent looting and to put more patrols into neighborhoods. Our PD has also requested additional law enforcement support. We expect to have additional resources in the next 24-48 hours. Our chief and his officers have been working tirelessly to protect the residents there and your property.
Fisherman’s is still closed. Mariner’s has limited emergency capability. The armed services is setting up a mobile hospital. Please check MonroeCountyEM.com for additional details.
FKAA reports some slight pressure increase in the Marathon area however the water must be boiled first and without power that poses a significant health problem. Water is ONLY to be used for sanitation purposes.
In short, I know it is difficult to hear this news but the County must first ensure the public health. People who are in KCB and the Keys in general are themselves at risk and we cannot add to the problem with additional people at this time. The system can only support those there and those approved personnel needed there to recover as swiftly as possible.

From Mayor John DeNeale:
As of the 9/13/17 at 6:30 PM
EOC Irma Recovery Conference Call:
I am continuing to push very hard with the County leadership team for critical infrastructure repairs that will enable our residents to return to the keys. They make the decision, not KCB, to allow return of our residents.
In KCB, we have power poles down and still no power, limited sewer, no running water, no fuel, no available hospitals for residents and no cell phone or internet connectivity.
A hospital is my top priority and reliable communications for our first responders. The police and Fire/EMS first responders can’t even communicate well. AT&T is working hard on the communications and Mariners, Fisherman’s and Lower Keys Medical are working around the clock to get their facilities open for residents.
Also, there is no 911 service.
I think we are close enough on the sewer system even if you have to use a bucket to flush, but I will know more in the morning.
Even when we accomplish the above items and residents are allowed in, you may still have to bring in water, food, fuel and a generator to support yourselves. The grocery stores are working hard to open. If we have water, it will be limited to drinking and hygiene use and a boil water order will be in effect.
We currently are not allowed to use FKAA water (even if you have it) to wash out your houses, boats or cars, since there is not enough pressure due to numerous leaks.
That said, I remain optimistic that we can get you home soon. Again there are “Herculean” strides happening every hour in the Keys.
I know you want more detailed information on your properties. Once we have the fuel to run up to Key Largo or more connectivity and the people to spare, we will get you some pictures and possibly street-by-street video.
I have been allowed back tomorrow and will be working the issues face to face with our County and State leaders. I even received a call from Governor Scott this morning. Our City Administrator Chris Moonis has volunteered to stay out of the Keys to provide connectivity to you and will be posting reports for me starting tomorrow.
I have been remiss in thanking the many people working to help us doing this without sleep, limited food, water or even a shower for days. I will make amends later.
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EOC Update by Administrator Moonis 9/13/17 at 6:30 pm
● Fuel remains the critical issue in the keys. The City is maintaining 50% capacity and awaiting both diesel and regular fuel. We expect to receive fuel for our vehicles and wastewater plant generators within the next 24 hours.
● Water pressure is SLOWLY increasing in the Marathon area. FKAA crews along with KCB staff are locating leaks and shutting off unnecessary valves to increase pressures on the island. We will have better information by the evening update tomorrow.
● The Electric Co-op reports 13,500 customers are in service, or 42%. They expect to make further progress tomorrow and begin energizing a FEW streets, where it is SAFE to do so. Vice -Mayor reports on site it will take many days to sort out the losses on the KCB power grid, with poles and transformers down. Do not expect power soon. We will keep you posted as communication on site improves.
● Vice-Mayor Sutton met with FEMA today and we are asking FEMA for as much time as possible for paperwork, both personal or public, to be submitted for relief. More information coming soon on FEMA.
● Tomorrow, KCB staff will be distributing water and food to KCB residents. We will continue to get those supplies from Monroe County EOC as they are available.
● We have requested additional law enforcement to provide relief from our police department. More help should arrive tomorrow.
● Please heede the warning of our Sherriff and our officials, both our Mayor and Vice-Mayor,; KCB isn’t ready or open for business. Safety is the priority. I appreciate your patience and understand your frustration to return.

From Monroe County Communications Director:
As of 9/13/17 at 7:09 PM
Monroe County, FL – An erroneous report stated that Monroe County was open to Marathon. That is INCORRECT. Please help us refute this report.
Monroe County is only open to MM 73 in Islamorada. Only residents or business owners in the Upper Keys are allowed into the County.
No residents and business owners are allowed past MM 73. Only first responders and preapproved workers who are helping with the response are allowed past this point at this time.
Anyone at MM 73 must leave before the dusk-to-dawn curfew that is in effect throughout the Keys. People at the checkpoint who don’t reside in the Upper Keys must either leave the Keys or go to Coral Shores High School at MM 90 in Tavernier. It is open as a shelter of last resort. There are no services.
From Sheriff Rick Ramsay:
On 9/13/17
Update posted on our blog at floridakeyssheriff.blogspot.com
Update: Now that we have an internet connection (albeit slow) let me give you all some updated information.

First and foremost, you cannot return to the county if you live south of Islamorada. We are only allowing residents and business owners from Islamorada north to return at this time. You must have a yellow reentry sticker or proof of residency or proof you own a business or property before we will let you in. It is not yet safe for those in the middle and lower Keys to return. As soon as it is safe, we will let you know. For now, if you live in the middle and lower Keys and try to return, you will be stopped in Florida City and will not be allowed to return. There is currently a curfew in effect county-wide. No one is allowed on the street between sunset and sunrise. There is no 911 service right now. We are working hard to restore this service. It is a top priority.

Hospitals:
Lower Keys Hospital and Mariner’s Hospital are open with minimal services being offered. Fishermen’s Hospital is closed. Triage stations have been set up to help those with emergencies. They are located at Florida Keys Community College on Stock Island, Marathon City Hall and at Florida Keys Electric Co-op at the 92 mile marker in Tavermier.

There are extremely limited communications in the Florida Keys and this applies to first responders, Emergency Management and other county government offices as well as residents.

We are working to get some communications abilities restored. AT&T is setting up temporary towers for cell service which will allow some limited connectivity.

Florida Department of Transportation has been working hard to repair the roadways and has most areas at least temporarily patched and cleaned up. Water and electric are still limited throughout the Keys.

If you are returning to the Upper Keys, you should know you may not have these services; you will also find very limited supplies available so bring food, water and other necessities with you.

Utility companies are working hard to restore these services and there are some pockets where power and water are now up and running. Please be patient. There is a lot of damage and they have to go street by street to make repairs in some instances.

From Mayor John DeNeale:
As of 9/13/17 the 8:30 AM
EOC Irma Recovery Conference Call:
Satellite views after the hurricane showing any damage to houses in KCB can be viewed at https://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/irma/index.html. Simply call up the website and zoom in to KCB and your house.
We are working with TV88 in the Keys to video KCB when possible.
EOC NOTES:
– We are making great progress, but KCB is still dangerous with power poles and transformers down. FKEC will be on the island today (it will take many days) working these issues;
– Our team is working with FKAA to isolate leaks so we can get water pressure;
– The sewer plant is partially up with help on the way by means of our plant upgrade contractors, TLC, bringing in a crew and parts. We still are waiting on fuel for the generator or FKEC power for sustained operations;
– Still no hospital to support residents.
– The County is holding a press conference at 3:00 PM. I do not know what stations will carry this but check your national news channels (CNN, FOX, etc.).
From Mayor John DeNeale:
As of the 9/12/17 at 6:30 PM
EOC Irma Recovery Conference Call:
Not a lot of specifics, but if you asked me how the keys would be doing at day 2 of the recovery of from a massive monster storm like Irma, I would not have believed how far we have come restoring over 120 miles of Monroe County or our KCB.
We are making great progress on all of the items I have to consider to recommend allowing you to return home safely, to the EOC. (see my last posting)
Remember, YOU are our city, not the building or roads. You elected me to keep you safe first, then your property.
Saying that, a hospital that can support you and a workable toilet are my top two action items.
There was lots of support flowing into the Keys, today and much more tomorrow. Let’s see tomorrow evening how much these great people have accomplished.
I am very optimistic.

From Mayor John DeNeale:
As of the 9/13/17 8:30 AM
EOC Irma Recovery Conference Call:
NOTICES:
1. SUNSET TO SUNRISE CURFEW IN THE KEYS
2. The Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 Budget Public Hearing will be continued for a week to Wednesday Sept. 20, 2017 at 5:05 PM and the Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 Regular Commission Meeting is canceled.
EOC NOTES:
– RUMOR CONTROL: There is a rumor that the Keys are being evacuated of all people. This is false. We are still on the plan to get first responders, disaster crews and supplies in. People that want to leave can, they will not be stopped at road construction sites.
– Here is my check list of what we need before we can let residents back:
1. A working Sewer: Dave Evans is working on the plant. I hope to have a status and his needs soon;
2. FKAA water even if not potable (boil water required) and for fighting fires. The emergency personnel have not had showers for days;
3. FKEC power or personal generators with fuel;
4. Fuel, the keys are in very short supply as well as South Florida;
5. Roads that are well cleared to handle civilian cars. The Sheriff reports that all emergency vehicles are fixing many flat tires as a result of debris on the roads. The road at MM 75 is still not repaired; it will be temporarily repaired with crushed recycled asphalt for a while.
6. Food. Our city people in KCB are going to the EOC for food and water.
7. A hospital. There are currently no hospitals capable of supporting residents.
8. Basic communications. There is no reliable cell capability south of Key Largo and none south of Islamorada;
A second check point has been set up in Islamorada at the Midway Cafe to keep people out. Allow me to re-emphasize, we are not capable at this point to support ANY non-emergency personnel entering KCB from the North.
Even disaster crews and medical personnel that are being allowed into the keys adds more of burden on the system to support them. We in the County and municipalities are working hard to get you home soon and safely.

From Mayor John DeNeale:
As of the 9/11/17 6:30 PM
EOC Irma Recovery call:
– Communications are still satellite phone only with KCB, so the many requests that I am getting for pictures in KCB cannot be provided yet. I will post some as soon as I can. The county just received 5 military communications packages that have phone and internet capability, but those are for emergency personnel only;
– The county EOC just got back into their primary facility in Marathon after being hosted in Ocean Reef the last three days. As you can assume, having EOC members spread around the Keys with limited communications has been a huge challenge;
– KW and Marathon airports are open for emergency operations only due to a great job by Air Force Special Operations people. There is no timeline for commercial or civil service. If an airline makes you a reservation into KW, they are not cleared to land at this time;
– FKEC is trying to power their transmission lines from Islamorada to Marathon tomorrow. They will have to test the distribution lines to Marathon and KCB residents. Power in the Keys will be a challenge for weeks to months;
– FKAA has numerous leaks, but will try to get water to KCB and Marathon soon. They have Reverse Osmosis facilities in Marathon and Stock Island to provided emergency service to us and KW. Boil water orders will be in effect for some time. KW is getting water for 2 hours a day, but they are fighting numerous leaks there also. There is too much to cover to update you on the status in the rest of the Keys.
– FDOT hopes to have the 100ft. + of washed out US 1 at MM 75 repaired tomorrow;
– There is no timeline for Fishermen’s Hospital yet. We hope soon. TRAMASTAR should be back tomorrow;
Thank you for the moral support and words of encouragement you have expressed for your city staff in your e-mails, especially for our team in KCB. We are only one day into recovery mode, but I am impressed by the accomplishments of everyone.

From Mayor John DeNeale:
As of the 9/11/17 2:30 PM
EOC IRMA Recovery call
I want to tell you all of the herculean efforts going on in the Keys to help us save lives and recover from this monstrous storm:
Our team of KCB first responders are working hard clearing roads and checking on residents. They still do not have water, power or phone service;
You know about FKEC and FKAA working hard;
FDOT is making sure our 42 bridges and 120 miles of highway are safe. All bridges have been cleared all the way down to mm16 at Sugarloaf Key;
The Red Cross and Salvation Army are bringing in 30,000 plus meals, water and other supplies;
The US Air Force and Air National Guard are bringing in supplies, flying rescue missions and flying out refugees soon. A US Marine Corps C-130 cargo plane is flying into NAS Boca Chica tonight with pallets of water;
The US Navy has the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast with helicopters supporting us. They are also sending an Amphibious group of ships for support. NAS Key West is open and supporting flight operations. There are many other support services these ships can provide like medical, evacuation, rescue, logistics, etc;
The US Coast Guard and FWC are saving lives and keeping our waters safe;
Our KW hospital is opening up for first responders and restoration crews. Mariners will be open soon. Trauma Star is returning from Alabama;
The County, Sheriff and all municipalities are working around the clock. There is a sun down to sun up curfew across the keys to help maintain order;
The Governor, and President have pledged support and money for us to save lives and rebuild;
I know I missed someone.
But, with all this effort, I still cannot tell you when residents can come back in. Our county, state and federal partners are working hard to get first responders in, then service crews, then third tier personnel like myself. Please continue to read my website updates because that will give you the best idea of when you can return.


From Mayor John DeNeale:

As of the 9/11/17 10:00 AM

IRMA RECOVERY UPDATE
GREAT NEWS! Our first responders that stayed in KCB are safe. Chief Kris reports that he is assessing, but he has no news of injuries.
His preliminary assessment, reported from some residents, is they received about 3 feet of water into their homes, but limited overall structural damage. (Please understand this is only an estimate of water infiltration at some specific locations and should not be construed to mean everyone in KCB. There are many elevations of property in KCB.) Keep in mind no official assessment has been completed of structures or infrastructure at this time. We are working as swiftly as possible. We have limited communication as well.
FROM THE EOC. THE KEYS ARE CLOSED. KEY WEST HAS TOO MANY REFUGEES AND NEEDS TO GET PEOPLE OUT. REFUGEE PROBLEMS ARE ACROSS THE ENTIRE KEYS. THERE ARE NO SERVICES TO SUPPORT ANYONE BUT THE HIGHEST PRIORITY PERSONNEL. THE HIGHWAY PATROL IS TURNING AROUND PEOPLE IN FLORIDA CITY.
– FDOT and the Sheriff are checking to see if the bridges and roads are safe so we can get first responders and workers in to restore services;
– FKEC and FKAA are working to restore services, but need their crews in. Once again, the problem is being worked from Florida City down and KW up;
– Cell service is limited to Islamorada and none further south;
– Air National Guard starting rescue flights today.
I have run an Admiral’s command center for a carrier battle group in the Persian Gulf and I can tell you that we have a great emergency team in the Keys. They are extremely professional and we all just need to be patient.


From Mayor John DeNeale:

As of the 9/10/17 7:30 PM
The latest information from the EOC conference call is:
THE KEYS ARE STILL CLOSED TO RETURNING RESIDENTS. PLEASE BE PATIENT. FIRST RESPONDERS ARE STILL NOT ALL BACK AND INFRASTRUCTURE CREWS ARE NOT BACK YET.
– working to get KW and Marathon airports open to handle C130 aircraft and helos. We hope that will be tomorrow AM. USAF is flying in a team to assess now;
– a lot of debris on US 1, teams working from Key Largo south and KW north to assess/clear;
– at MM 75 US 1 is washed out for about 100 yards, a DOT rapid-response contractor has been dispatched;
– at MM 35, a large metal pole is blocking US 1;
– Sheriff Ramsey is leading a team to assess the Marathon area. I asked the EOC to assess KCB;
– FKEC and FKAA are working to restore service;
– KW hospital working to open their ER, hopefully soon;
– Mariners hospital needs an inspection so they can open;
My next update will be tomorrow morning following the next EOC conference call as soon after 10:00 AM as I can.


From Mayor John DeNeale:

As of the 9/10/17 2:30 PM Emergency Operations Center (EOC) conference call, here is what we know:
– many communications are down and we have still not heard from our team in KCB. Key West, Marathon and Islamorada did not report in either;
– a county team is trying to go out to assess the roads and infrastructure. The team includes Fire Rescue and FKEC;
– water and electric are mostly out;
– traffic is being stopped at Florida City;
– the storm surge is beginning to recede, widespread flooding is reported across the Keys;
– the rumor about snake creek bridge being out is FALSE, it is passable (several false videos were posted on the web);
– Air National Guard is starting C130 aircraft and helo flights tomorrow, and is currently assessing airports for safe operations;
– EOC is currently handling humanitarian issues first. There are reports of many people that stayed who are in trouble especially on boats (remember KCB has some of the best building codes in the county);
– FKEC is staging crews at Homestead raceway tomorrow;
– DO NOT GO OUT IN A BOAT, FWC said waters are very dangerous with debris and sunk boats. A special ops team is headed out of Tallahassee soon to help;
– National Guard medical and engineering crews coming in as soon as possible;
– There is no word on when we can get back in, but getting residents back is of course a priority.

From Mayor John DeNeale:as of 09/10/17 11:00am
As the eye of Irma passes, power is out in most of the Keys and we have not heard from our brave first responders, the Chief, Officer Griffith and Ed Borysewicz. They are in strong buildings and should be safe. As soon as we have word from them, we will post information on the city homepage. Let’s all pray that our staff and neighbors that stayed behind in KCB are safe and well.

John DeNeale
Mayor