Sep 182017
 

VIDEO: HURRICANE IRMA, KEY WEST BELOW


VIDEO: HURRICANE IRMA, KEY WEST BELOW

Special thanks to Diver Brad for the video clip taken during storm at Southernmost Point

 September 18, 2017  Posted by at 2:55 pm * Featured Story *, Naja and Arnaud Girard 7 Responses »
Sep 182017
 

Due to flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is advising residents under a boil water notice to take precautions against unclean water, mainly those with flooded private wells and all residents and visitors to Florida Keys. If your well has been covered with flood water, your well water may contain disease-causing organisms and may not be safe to drink.  Continue reading »

 September 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:05 pm News No Responses »
Sep 172017
 

Photo courtesy Commissioner Sam Kaufman

Commissioner Kaufman UPDATE #2 9/17/17 6:30 P.M. EOC Briefing – Hurricane Irma Recovery

OVER 9000 RESIDENTS ESTIMATED HAVE RETURNED TO KEY WEST TODAY.
SCHOOLS OPENING ON 9/25 DEPENDENT UPON ALL SCHOOLS HAVING POWER AND WATER RESTORED. UNKNOWN TONIGHT WHETHER WATER. SCHOOLS THAT ARE READY WILL BE OPEN ON 9/25, OTHER SCHOOLS NOT READY WILL NEED TO WAIT TO OPEN AT ANOTHER DATE WHEN ESSENTIAL UTILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE. Continue reading »

 September 17, 2017  Posted by at 8:11 pm News No Responses »
Sep 172017
 

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 DisasterAssistance.gov

3) In person at the Old Town Key West Fire Station #2 (616 Simonton Street)

Residents must provide:

· ONE Social Security Number per household

· Address of the damage home/apartment

· Description of the damage

· Information about insurance coverage

· Telephone Number

· Mailing Address

· Bank account & routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

keysrecovery.org * facebook.com/MonroeCountyFLBOCC/ *@monroecounty * #keysrecovery

 September 17, 2017  Posted by at 4:47 pm News No Responses »
Sep 172017
 

By order of Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay, all of Monroe County remains under a curfew for safety and security reasons.
The checkpoint for entering the Keys, at Florida City, will close at 8 p.m. to ensure everyone has enough time to get to their destination before the curfew.
In the Upper Keys and Middle Keys, to mile marker 47 (north end of the Seven Mile Bridge), the curfew is 10 p.m. to sunrise.
In the Lower Keys and Key West, it remains dusk to dawn.
Anyone out after the designates times is subject to arrest
For more information, call the Emergency Operations Center Public Information Line at 800-955-5504.

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 September 17, 2017  Posted by at 3:57 pm News No Responses »
Sep 172017
 
MONROE COUNTY HAS CHANGED CURFEW HOURS FOR MIDDLE KEYS: NOW 10 P.M. TO SUNRISE

By order of Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay, all of Monroe County remains under a curfew for safety and security reasons. The checkpoint for entering the Keys, at Florida City, will close at 8 p.m. to ensure everyone has enough time to get to their destination before the curfew. In the Upper Keys and Middle Keys, to mile marker 47 (north end of the Seven Mile Bridge), the curfew is 10 p.m. to sunrise. In the Lower Keys and Key West, it remains dusk to [continue reading…]

 September 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:23 pm News No Responses »
Sep 172017
 
Coast Guard Announces Rules for Marine Navigation Areas and Safety Zones

As part of the Hurricane Irma recovery effort, the U.S. Coast Guard has designated all waters within one nautical mile of land in the Florida Keys as a regulated navigation area. Any vessel traveling through the navigation area must proceed at a slow speed (fully off plane, completely settled in the water and not creating excessive wake).

 September 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 pm News, Water World No Responses »
Sep 172017
 
Commissioner Sam Kaufman's Update

Commissioner Sam Kaufman’s UPDATE #1 9/17/17 8:30 A.M. EOC Briefing – Hurricane Irma Recovery DAY 1 OF KEY WEST AND LOWER KEYS RESIDENTS RE-ENTRY! KEY WEST- Movement of debris is major focus to clear parking for returning residents. FEMA tent going up for residents at Fire Station #2 at Simonton and Angela Streets. EOC is working to close the FIU and Fairgrounds shelters. Return of residents from Fairgrounds and FIU being planned for possible on Tuesday. Working on plan for return of special needs in [continue reading…]

 September 17, 2017  Posted by at 10:26 am News No Responses »
Sep 162017
 
MONROE COUNTY OPENS LOWER KEYS SUNDAY TO RESIDENTS; RESTRICTED ACCESS TO SOME NEIGHBORHOODS

Beginning Sunday at 7:00 a.m., Monroe County will remove the roadblock from the north end of the Seven Mile Bridge and all residents and business owners of the Lower Keys will be allowed to return. The checkpoint entering the Keys, in Florida City on U.S. 1, will remain. Only residents, business owners, disaster workers and supply vehicles may enter. Residents and business owners must show either proof of residency or proof of business ownership.

 September 16, 2017  Posted by at 10:25 pm News No Responses »
Sep 162017
 

Superintendent Mark Porter has made the decision to target the reopening of all Monroe County Schools on Monday, September 25, 2017. All personnel should expect to report Thursday, September 21st and Friday and September 22nd.  If they are unable to report they are asked to make contact with their principal or immediate supervisor. Superintendent Porter said he feels his team can get schools up and running, but recognizes there are known and unknown challenges that may create exceptions to this reopening date. “I want to acknowledge that it is [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2017  Posted by at 2:13 pm News No Responses »
Sep 162017
 

Recovery efforts are still taking place in Monroe County and first responders are still going door to door and performing welfare checks on people who have not been heard from since Hurricane Irma. About 98% of homes have been checked – an estimated 15,000 homes. Search and rescue workers who perform these checks do not enter empty homes, but do check residences thoroughly for signs of people who need help or who may be deceased inside. Currently, the Medical Examiner, Dr. Michael Steckbauer, and the [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2017  Posted by at 2:09 pm News No Responses »
Sep 162017
 

Monroe County now is open to Marathon at Mile Marker 47, just north of the 7 Mile Bridge, for residents, business owners, disaster workers and supply vehicles. The Lower Keys and Key West will open Sunday morning at 7:00 am, also to residents, business owners, disaster workers and supply vehicles. A checkpoint in Florida City will remain in place to ensure only these groups are admitted to the Keys. An additional checkpoint at Mile Marker 47 will control admittance to the Lower Keys and Key [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2017  Posted by at 10:01 am News No Responses »
Sep 152017
 
KEY WEST RESIDENTS EXPECTED TO RE-ENTER AS EARLY AS SUNDAY

Message from Commissioner Sam Kaufman, District II UPDATE #2 9/15/17 6:30 P.M. EOC Briefing – Hurricane Irma Recovery MAYBE THE LAST UPDATE! KEY WEST RESIDENTS (RESIDENTS IN 33040 ZIP CODE) EXPECTED TO RE-ENTER AS EARLY AS SUNDAY!!!! WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES! CHECKPOINT TO REMAIN AND EXPECTED MOVED TO SUNSHINE KEY- MILE MARKER 39. FINAL DECISION TO BE MADE SATURDAY MORNING BY 8:30 A.M. BRIEFING.

 September 15, 2017  Posted by at 10:31 pm News 1 Response »
Sep 092017
 
Man Dies in Crash During Storm

A Marathon man died in a crash this afternoon in Marathon. The man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was found in his truck by some first responders who were patrolling during lulls in the storm. His truck was wrapped around a tree near 98th Street and U.S. One. He was dead inside.

 September 9, 2017  Posted by at 5:59 pm News No Responses »
Sep 092017
 
MONROE COUNTY HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON

MONROE COUNTY, FL — Monroe County has relocated its Emergency Operations Center to the Upper Keys. Operations continue around the clock. ROAD CONDITIONS: The only location on the Overseas Highway with reports of problems so far is at Sea Oates Beach in Islamorada. Water already has begun to sweep across portions of the road, with one lane blocked in sections.

 September 9, 2017  Posted by at 5:41 pm News No Responses »
Sep 072017
 
THE LATEST ON HURRICANE  IRMA FROM MONROE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi has a message for anyone left in the Keys: “Get out.” “Hurricane Irma is a very strong, very dangerous storm that has life-threatening winds and even scarier storm surge potential,” he said. “Even the Coast Guard is evacuating all of its personnel. Please evacuate.” And, Gastesi added, “Once a dangerous storm starts, don’t dial 911 during it because nobody is going to answer.”

 September 7, 2017  Posted by at 9:24 pm ** BREAKING NEWS ** No Responses »
Sep 052017
 
MONROE COUNTY HAS DECLARED A STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY AND HAS ISSUED MANDATORY EVACUATIONS FOR VISITORS AND RESIDENTS

MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County has declared a State of Local Emergency Tuesday afternoon due to a “threat of danger to the populace inhabiting Monroe County” and that the County “may require expedient action in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community.”

 September 5, 2017  Posted by at 4:01 pm ** BREAKING NEWS ** 3 Responses »
Sep 052017
 
MONROE COUNTY TO ISSUE MANDATORY EVACUATIONS FOR VISITORS AND RESIDENTS

MONROE COUNTY, FL — With the storm track of Category 5 Hurricane Irma still headed for the Florida Keys, Monroe County will be issuing a mandatory visitor evacuation expected to begin at sunrise on Wednesday. An evacuation for residents also will be issued. The time has yet to be determined. However, tourists and residents are encouraged to start evacuation plans now and the earlier people leave the Keys the less traffic they are likely to encounter.

 September 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:11 pm ** BREAKING NEWS ** No Responses »
Sep 042017
 
MONROE COUNTY TO ACTIVATE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER AT NOON TUESDAY FOR HURRICANE IRMA

MONROE COUNTY, FL –With the entire Florida Keys in the National Weather Service’s five-day forecast error cone, the Monroe County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) will activate at noon Tuesday. In a 6:30 p.m. briefing Monday night, meteorologist Jon Rizzo with the National Weather Service Key West told emergency managers in the Keys there is a high confidence for a major hurricane nearing south Florida, the Keys, Florida Straits and/or Cuba by Saturday. The earliest reasonable arrival time of tropical storm-force winds in the Keys is midday Friday.

 September 4, 2017  Posted by at 9:51 pm ** BREAKING NEWS ** No Responses »
Sep 012017
 
Survey: Military Families Report Alarming Health Issues in "Sick Houses" on Sigsbee Island

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Constant allergies requiring weekly injections, repeated pneumonia, bloody noses, frequent severe headaches, skin rashes, swollen eyes and breathing issues are a few of the symptoms described by Sigsbee residents who responded to a survey conducted by The Blue Paper. Following reports of “sick house” symptoms on Sigsbee island, we asked military families to describe any health-related issues they’ve experienced while living on the island. Over 66% of those who responded reported having developed some form of allergy. Almost all say [continue reading…]

Sep 012017
 
Small Dog Park at Higgs Beach to Be Moved Outside the Area of Nationally Recognized Historic African Cemetery

by Naja Girard……. The “small dog park” at Monroe County’s Higgs Beach is being relocated into a fenced-off section of the “big dog” park after The Blue Paper published a documentary last Friday entitled, “Do All Graves Matter?“ In 2010, during the master planning process to redevelop Higgs Beach, the County had ground-penetrating radar mapping conducted to search for the graves of Cuba-bound African captives that had been rescued from three slave ships by the US Navy. Records show that in 1860, 1432 African refugees [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am * Featured Story *, News 6 Responses »
Sep 012017
 
Hurricane Harvey: About That Wall ...

by Thomas L. Knapp……. As I write this, Hurricane Harvey hovers off the Gulf Coast, menacing Louisiana and possibly ramping up for another go at Texas. Much of Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, is under water. It may be weeks before the storms end, the waters recede, and basic utilities are restored. But this, too, shall pass — and then begins the rebuilding. Who’s going to do that rebuilding?

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #234, Thomas L. Knapp 7 Responses »