Monroe County Irma recovery update

FEMA ASSISTANCE There are three types of FEMA Disaster Assistance available in Monroe County: Disaster Recovery Center  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 are available to provide assistance to anyone with filling out applications or updating their status Mobile Disaster Survivor Assistance […]

Beware of post-Irma FEMA rumors

Just like you have to beware of unlicensed and unscrupulous contractors in the wake of Hurricane Irma, you also have to beware of unsubstantiated and untrue information. Here are a few false rumors that the Federal Emergency Management Administration has heard circulating in the Keys: • RUMOR: Houses on stilts do not qualify for FEMA Insurance. FALSE: FEMA’s National Flood […]

The Key West Police Department deliver meals

Detectives Marcus DelValle and Tiffini Peters and Officer Kuniko Keohane delivered meals to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies who are manning the checkpoints in the Lower Keys. This hot duty ensures that sightseers and troublemakes stay out of storm-ravaged neighborhoods so residents can begin their recovery.

The National Guard can help with interior storm damage: Here’s how it works

In cooperation with Monroe County Emergency Management, the National Guard is beginning today a free short-term program in which guard members will remove interior storm damage from residents’ homes as part of the first step to make these homes livable again. With the homeowner’s consent, the National Guard will remove damaged and moldy drywall, flooring, carpeting, ceilings, doors, insulation, fixtures, […]

How to report a boat in your waterway or in your yard

Teams of responders from Tampa Bay to the Florida Keys, Miami and up to Jacksonville are assessing vessels found to be damaged or sunken. These teams are looking for pollution as well as the potential for pollution. A leaking vessel is prioritized and immediately addressed. Assessment teams are leaving stickers on damaged boats, requesting that the owner call the Vessel […]

Operation Blue Roof offers no-cost temporary roof repairs

Operation Blue Roof provides no-cost temporary repairs for roofs damaged by Hurricane Irma. Applicants can call  888-ROOF-BLU (888-766-3258) To get assistance, you must sign a “Right of Entry” (ROE) form to allow Army Corps of Engineers staff and contractors to access your private property and assess roof damage. Blue Roof Right of Entry (ROE) Collection Site in Big Pine Key: NAPA […]

Disaster recovery center open in Key West

A Disaster Recovery Center is open in Key West to help Florida storm survivors. Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state of Florida, are available to provide assistance to anyone with filling out applications or updating their status. Voluntary […]

County exempts some tourist taxes for six months

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved an emergency ordinance to provide a temporary exemption from paying the 4 cent  ($0.04) tourist development tax and the 1 cent ($0.01) tourist impact tax (bed taxes) only for rental residential properties that qualify and rent to residents who have been displaced by Hurricane Irma. This ordinance will be in effect for […]

Statement from Key West Mayor Craig Cates

Dear Community The pride I feel in being part of this amazing community, the gratitude I am filled with for the overwhelming support we have received across our tiny chain of islands and the new found respect for the words “Conch Strong” and “Florida Keys Strong” are truly humbling. I will carry these overwhelming feelings and experiences with me long […]


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