September 6, 2017

MONROE COUNTY SCHOOLS 

Monroe County Schools Superintendent Mark Porter announced Tuesday that all schools will be closed today, Wednesday, Sept. 6, until further notice. All meetings, including the school board meeting scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7th, are also postponed until further notice.

Please take this time to ensure you have a preparedness plan in place. In addition, please adhere to all advisories, warnings and directions provided by the Monroe County Emergency Management, which include evacuation from the areas to be most affected.

For information on the county’s emergency plan, visit http://www.monroecountyem.com and for school updates, visit http://www.keysschools.com and the Facebook page @mymcsd.

FLORIDA KEYS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Florida Keys Community College will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 6 until conditions permit re-opening. Beginning Sept. 6, all classes and services are suspended, and buildings will be locked at all college locations—the Key West Campus on Stock Island, Middle Keys Center in Marathon and Upper Keys Center in Tavernier.

All students, employees, and visitors must check the college’s website, www.fkcc.edu for updates. Students are directed to use their D2L accounts for classes. Students and employees must also check their FKCC email and texts for notifications.

KEYS ENERGY

Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) offices will be closed on Wednesday, September 6th, until further notice.

All bid openings and meetings, including the Utility Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th, are postponed until further notice.

KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The Key West International Airport will close Wednesday night after the last flight due to TSA’s security checkpoint ceasing the screening of airline passengers. The last flight is Delta flight number 567, departing for Atlanta at 5:50 p.m.

All commercial flights at Key West International Airport will be canceled from Thursday morning until further notice. General aviation will continue at Key West International Airport until conditions become unsafe to operate.

The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport also will remain open for general aviation until conditions become unsafe to operate.

International general aviation will end Wednesday afternoon at both Key West and Marathon airports when U.S. Customs and Border Protection ceases operations.

KEY WEST CITY COMMISSION

In an abundance of caution, the Key West City Commission has cancelled its meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Residents are urged to keep a close eye on Hurricane Irma.

For the most current information, visit Monroe County’s Emergency Management website at http://www.monroecountyem.com, Monroe County BOCC on Facebook and @MonroeCounty on Twitter.

FLORIDA KEYS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed all facilities and trails and cancelled all planned programs in the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Key Largo, the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key and the Key West and Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuges in the Lower Keys due to Hurricane Irma.

Updates regarding reopenings will be announced through the website at http://www.fws.gov/nationalkeydeer/), as well as local print and radio press releases and our Facebook page.

For information, call Dan Clark at 305-872-2239, Ext. 209 or Christine Ogura at 305-872-2239, Ext. 226 and follow Refuge updates on our website and Facebook page at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/National_Key_Deer_Refuge/About_the_Complex.html and https://www.facebook.com/floridakeysrefuges

PARKING LOTS

The Park and Ride on Caroline Street and the Angela Street lot will be closed to the public to store heavy equipment and permits will not be honored for either lot, according to Parking Director John Wilkins.

KEY WEST BUSINESSES AND ATTRACTIONS

The following are closed until further notice beginning today: Tropic Cinema, Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, Key West Art and Historical Society museums, Books & Books, The Studios.