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Naja Girard

Sep 222017
 
Reports of Our Demise Are Greatly . . .

by Rick Boettger……. Key West is in remarkably good shape. They finally let us fly back yesterday and I took a bike ride around town this morning.  What follows is a mixture of fact and opinion. The government experts who stopped us from returning for 10 days have facts and opinions no better than my own, I’ll bet.  They just take their own much more frightfully, but I’m letting that go for now.

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 10:44 pm ~ Column ~, Rick Boettger 2 Responses »
Sep 202017
 
American Red Cross and Star of the Sea Foundation Partner to Support Hurricane Irma Victims in the Keys

  The American Red Cross South Florida Region is partnering with the Star of the Sea (SOS) Foundation in response to the overwhelming generosity of Florida residents who want to help those affected by Hurricane Irma.  SOS Foundation will assist with collecting donated food, clothing and other household items and will distribute them to people who reside in the Keys. The American Red Cross has a launched a wide-ranging relief effort to provide safe shelter, food and comfort to people affected by Hurricane Irma.  It takes time to store, sort, clean [continue reading…]

 September 20, 2017  Posted by at 7:14 pm News No Responses »
Sep 202017
 
Community Assistance Opportunity to Help Florida Keys Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) completed surveys of areas known to provide fresh water to wildlife in the National Key Deer Refuge (No Name and Big Pine Keys west to Sugarloaf Key) following Hurricane Irma.  Due to the storm surge from Hurricane Irma, salinity levels in fresh water wetlands are on average higher than acceptable levels for most wildlife species, including the endangered Key deer, resident and migratory birds, rabbits, butterflies, and other species. There are areas on Cudjoe Key that have fresher [continue reading…]

 September 20, 2017  Posted by at 4:36 pm News No Responses »
Sep 172017
 
Commissioner Sam Kaufman's Irma Recovery Update

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.

 September 17, 2017  Posted by at 8:11 pm News No Responses »
Sep 172017
 
FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team in Key West

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 [continue reading…]

 September 17, 2017  Posted by at 4:47 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 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 »