Irmageddon 2017

Tom Petty lied – We did have to “Live Like a Refugee”

This is the story of some Key West evacuees of Hurricane Irma: me, my daughter Destiny, my son Chance and his girlfriend Summer, our dogs Max, Buddy, BooBoo, and Murphy, a 25-pound tortoise Soupy, with a cast of about 100 Key Westers who either traveled with us, met up with us along the way, or worked on the recovery with […]

Cash donations best to support hurricane relief efforts

While residents of the Florida Keys are grateful for the outpouring of donations of clothing, food and other items from across the United States, the hurricane relief response team is having to dedicate scarce resources to processing and storing those goods. At this time, relief response coordinators ask that those who desire to assist with the recovery effort make cash […]

Three landfills now open to Keys residents

Three Monroe County landfills are now open to Keys residents. They are located at Long Key (MM 68), Key Largo (CR 905) and Cudjoe Key (MM 21.5). Hours are 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Residents must show a photo ID to use the landfill, for which there is no charge. (Businesses and contractors will be charged the normal dumping fee.) Residents […]

The comeback begins

New growth on a tree in front of Key West City Hall.

Ice in ice makers is not safe to consume

As power is restored to the Keys, electric icemakers — both commercial and home refrigerator units — will automatically start making ice again. However, unless the water flowing into the icemaker is filtered, it is not safe to consume ice cubes made with non-potable water. Freezing non-potable water does not remove contaminants or kill microscopic organisms that can cause illness. […]

Fantasy Fest 2017 is a go!

Distribution of water and food continues today at Searstown and in Bahama Village

Distribution of water and food continues today at Seartown and in Bahama Village

Video: Mayor Neugent welcomes back Keys’ residents, but urges caution.

Mayor George Neugent of Monroe County welcomes back all residents of the #FloridaKeys, but urges caution. #KeysRecovery #HurricaneIrma — Monroe County News (@monroecounty) September 17, 2017

Coast Guard sets new rules for Florida Keys

The U.S. Coast Guard has established a temporary regulated navigation area and temporary safety zone for waters within the Sector Key West Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. First, vessels within the regulated navigation area within 1 nautical mile of land in the Florida Keys must operate at a slow speed. Second, vessels are prohibited from entering into, anchoring, loitering […]

FEMA assistance team in Key West

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS REGISTERING FOR FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE Keys Residents looking for information and guidance on registering for disaster assistance have the following options to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): 1) Call 1-800-621-3362 2) Visit 3) In person at the Old Town Key West Fire Station #2 (616 Simonton Street)   Residents must provide: ONE Social Security […]

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