Disaster assistance info for Irma survivors

Disaster Recovery Center FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center at Monroe County’s Big Pine Community Park, 31009 Atlantis Drive today. The hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until further notice. Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small businesses. Recovery specialists from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the state of Florida are available to provide assistance to […]

If your primary residence was a boat, read this

Hurricane Irma survivors whose primary residence was a boat may be eligible for grants through FEMA’s Individual Assistance program for home repair. The grants could be used for making the boat livable, temporary housing, personal property replacement and other needs or critical expenses. Individuals who live on houseboats may also be eligible for FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance or short-term lodging […]

How to keep your homestead exemption while you rebuild

If your primary residence was damaged during Hurricane Irma and you have a Homestead Exemption, complete the form below. It allows you to keep your Homestead Exemption while you are rebuilding your house, whether you are able to live in it or not. Completing the form also allows appraisers to come to your property and reassess its value to determine […]

Boat damaged by Irma? Here’s an update

The Emergency Support Function 10 Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, is continuing efforts to assess and remove hazards in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission members are conducting assessments of damaged and sunken vessels in the areas most affected by Hurricane Irma. These assessments assist in providing an overarching […]

Key West is back!!!

Check out this cool video of Key West on Sunday, Sept. 24, taken by Peter Maczek.

Keys opens for tourists Oct. 1

The official reopening date for visitors to return to the Florida Keys is Sunday, Oct. 1. As not all tourism facilities have yet to resume operation, please check with them before traveling.

Loggerhead turtle rescued off Marathon

U. S. Coast Guard sailors and personnel from the Florida Keys–based Turtle Hospital offload a 118-pound loggerhead sea turtle that was rescued  Monday, Sept. 25, off Marathon. “Booga,” named after the commercial fishing boat whose crew discovered the reptile entangled in fish trap line, was admitted to the Turtle Hospital. The Turtle Hospital in Marathon has treated and released more than […]

FEMA making progress

Damage assessment and housing programs moving forward

FEMA Is Making Progress on Damage Assessment and Housing Programs The Federal Emergency Management Administration reports that 27 families have been approved for temporary trailers that will be purchased directly from vendors. As of Sept. 24, FEMA has registered 27,935 people for individual assistance and has approved 10,771 and funded them with $14.9 million. FEMA has 54 people in the […]

Contractors working in unincorporated Monroe must be authorized

Currently, the only authorized contractors that can work in Unincorporated Monroe County are those who meet the following requirements: • Local issued certificate of competency licenses – registered and active. • All currently registered State Certified Contractors – Emergency order from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation allows general, guilding and residential contractors to apply for roof permits […]

Nine Keys state parks remain closed

Nine state parks in the Florida Keys remain closed until further notice, Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials said Monday. Those Monroe County parks are: • Bahia Honda • Curry Hammock • Dagny Johnson • Key Largo Hammock Botanical • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic • Indian Key Historic • John Pennekamp Coral Reef • Lignumvitae Key Botanical • Long Key • […]

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