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Trials delayed, not canceled

Got an upcoming court date? It’s likely been rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma as court administrators and employees are working to get legal operations back to normal up and down the Florida Keys.  Those with pending civil and criminal matters in one of the three state courthouses — Key West, 302 Fleming St.; Marathon, 3117 Overseas Highway;[…]

Thousands left homeless by Irma

Housing is the number one priority for local governments, as Hurricane Irma ravaged houses, apartments and trailer parks, leaving thousands homeless. Winds and tornadoes that spun off the Category 4 hurricane ripped off roofs and severely damaged homes. Storm surge pushed several feet of seawater into homes, often leaving behind a thick layer of gray[…]

TDC wants tourists back soon

Protecting the winter tourism season and preserving the Florida Keys’ dwindling and devastated workforce are the top priorities for county tourism officials as they assemble a two-phase marketing campaign to get visitors back to the Keys and residents back to work. “We understand, people have to get back to work,” said Stacey Mitchell, incoming director[…]

SPCA shelters damaged but reopen

Although both shelters suffered roof damage and light flooding, the Florida Keys SPCA offices in Key West and Marathon are back in business to help Keys pets recover from Hurricane Irma. Adoption services may be reopened next week as the clinic waits on available veterinarians to return but both locations are currently housing animals, handling[…]

Parks, beaches wrecked parks and devoured beaches

MONROE COUNTY — Cleanup efforts continue at area parks since Hurricane Irma delivered a powerful blow to the Florida Keys. Sustained 130 mph winds caused trees to hemorrhage leaves and limbs and washed away public beaches along the ocean. Monroe County parks have remained closed since the Sept. 10 storm as many are providing staging[…]

Not all officials happy with roadblock removal

FLORIDA KEYS — Monroe County’s decision to lift the Florida City roadblock Tuesday, Sept. 19, was not embraced by all local leaders. Islamorada officials raised concerns about potential looters from the mainland descending on the Upper Keys. Councilman Mike Forster said the removal of the roadblock set up after Hurricane Irma was decided by county[…]

Need help? Start with FEMA registration

Moving through government questionnaires can seem like an impossible task. But, if you want to legally get back some of your tax money in light of Hurricane Irma, dig right in. If you have damage to your home or property (and have insurance or not), missed out on wages, even lost food that spoiled in[…]

Mayor: Recovery underway in Islamorada

ISLAMORADA — The four-island village that bills itself as the “Sportfishing Capital of the World” may not be luring many anglers in the immediate weeks following Hurricane Irma, but that doesn’t worry the mayor. “Islamorada, all in all, will be OK,” Mayor Jim Mooney said Thursday. “We’ve started the recovery process. Debris is being picked[…]

Marathon making progress; city manager urges kindness

MARATHON — Marathon city officials are dealing steadily with the disastrous conditions delivered by Hurricane Irma.  Eleven days after the Sept. 10 storm, fuel tanker trucks were stationed near 33rd Street, roadside crews with chain saws cleared tree debris, electrical crews worked on lines on Sombrero Beach Road, state police ensured safety at Marathon Community[…]

Man shot by co-worker in Key Largo

One of two Alabama workers in town for storm reconstruction ended up being shot after a fight Thursday night in Key Largo, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  There were no arrests or charges filed as of Friday as the incident remains under investigation, said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin.  Michael Sproul, 53, was[…]