Monroe County Emergency Management will be hosting a series of six public meetings in early 2018 regarding Hurricane Irma.
These meetings are designed to hear from you, the community. Monroe County wants your feedback about what went right and what went wrong before, during and after Hurricane Irma. We also want to hear from you about what can be done better for future storms.
All meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Here is the schedule:
Monday, Jan. 8: Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo.
Tuesday, Jan. 9: Founders Park Community Room, 87000 Overseas Highway (next to the pool), Islamorada
Wednesday, Jan. 10: Harvey Government Center, BOCC Room, 1200 Truman Avenue, Key West
Thursday, Jan. 11: Marathon Government Center, BOCC Room, 2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon
Monday, Jan. 15: Keys Community Church, 30300 Overseas Highway (in front of former Habitat ReStore), Big Pine Key
Monday, Jan. 22: Sugarloaf Fire Station, 17175 Overseas Highway, Sugarloaf Key
It is now illegal to dump hurricane debris anywhere along U.S. Highway 1 in the Florida Keys or on any Monroe County road that has received a final pass for hurricane debris collection.
In unincorporated Monroe County, hurricane debris collection concluded in November on county roads from Stock Island (MM 4) to Baypoint (MM 15) and on county roads in Key Largo and Tavernier.
A final pass now is being conducted on Duck Key, and the contractor will proceed to Conch Key and the City of Layton shortly. No more debris should be put out on county roads or city streets in those areas.
Illegal dumping is a felony. Law enforcement is actively enforcing dumping laws in the Keys.
more “Reminder: No More Debris May Be Deposited on County Roads that Have Received a Final Pass”
The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners met Wednesday at the Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo for their last monthly meeting of 2017.
Here are some of the highlights:
Approved Post-Irma Workforce Housing Plan
The BOCC voted 5-0 to approve a post-Irma workforce housing plan that requests funding and support from the State of Florida.The goal is to secure land, funding and regulatory incentives to develop 300 to 400 new units of affordable and workforce housing for residents with incomes averaging 60 percent of the Area Median Income in 2018.
The housing plan, spearheaded by Commissioner Heather Carruthers, offers a set of recommendations for what can be practically accomplished in the next two years to address the immediate need for the rebuilding of affordable/workforce housing in the Florida Keys.
At the November BOCC Special Meeting on Housing Recovery Strategies, preliminary damage assessment results were presented that show 4,156 structures throughout Monroe County were either destroyed or suffered major damage due to Hurricane Irma. These numbers do not include a full accounting of lost mobile homes which served as full-time residences.
more “Highlights from the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners Meeting Wednesday, Dec. 13”
Today Monroe County’s hurricane debris contractor DRC Environmental Services began the final pass for Duck Key, Conch Key and the City of Layton. Crews are starting on Duck Key and moving to the other areas. The delay in the final pass in these areas was due to the difficulty of securing a nearby temporary debris management site.
The contractor will be using a section of the Florida Department of Transportation’s right of way along U.S. Highway 1 at mile marker 61 for the temporary debris management site for Duck Key, Conch Key and Layton.
This debris management site is not a dumping site and it remains illegal for anyone to dump debris anywhere along U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys.
DRC is continuing to work on its initial pass in the MMs 16 to 40 area with 17 self-loading trucks collecting construction and demolition debris, white goods (large appliances) and vegetative debris from county roads. The progress to date includes:
more “Debris Contractor Begins Final Pass on Duck Key and Is Collecting on County Roads Between MMs 16 and 40”
The Big Pine Key Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is scheduled to close at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec.16, .
Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Survivors still needing help may visit any DRC. They can locate the nearest DRC by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (Voice, 711 or VS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Helpline numbers are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. A DRC locator can be found at www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by using the FEMA App.
The DRC is located at:
Former Bank of America Building
30572 Overseas Highway
Big Pine Key FL 33043
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
more “Big Pine Key Disaster Recovery Center to Close Saturday, Dec. 16”
If you have substantial damage from Hurricane Irma and are rebuilding or making repairs, contact your community’s floodplain management or building officials. Additionally, it is important to get the proper permits for plumbing, electrical system, foundation and structural repairs.
Typically, substantial damage is damage of any origin sustained by a structure where the cost of restoring the structure to its pre-event condition would equal or exceed 50 percent of the market value of the structure before the damage occurred. Definitions of substantial damage differ by community.
Why It’s Important
Whether or not your home has substantial damage may impact the way you need to rebuild. Local officials can help determine the level of damage, the work needed to repair or replace the damaged structure and if additional work will be needed to comply with local codes and ordinances. For example:
• A structure located in a floodplain must be brought into compliance with local regulations if a local official determines it is substantially damaged. Local building departments may have adopted standards higher than FEMA’s that property owners have to comply with when rebuilding.
more “Contact Local Officials Before Starting Work on Your Property”
Monroe County homeowners and renters impacted by Hurricane Irma have received more than $116 million in federal funding for housing, flood insurance claims and other recovery needs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Here is a fact sheet regarding the assistance provided to Monroe County residents:
• Since Hurricane Irma struck the Keys on Sept. 10, FEMA has provided $56.3 million in grants to Monroe County homeowners and renters for uninsured damage to their primary residence and serious losses related to Hurricane Irma.
• Additionally, the National Flood Insurance Program, which is part of FEMA, has paid more than $60 million in flood insurance claims for Monroe County policyholders, according to preliminary data.
• As of Dec. 1, the Small Business Administration has approved $98.4 million in low-interest loans for residents and business owners in Monroe County. This includes 1,541 home loans totaling $82.8 million, 133 business loans totaling $11.8 million and 55 Economic Injury Disaster Loans totaling $3.9 million.
• About 16,000 Monroe County households have received FEMA grants, which can include money for temporary rental assistance, home repairs and other needs not covered by insurance, such as replacing destroyed personal property.
• About 9,000 Monroe County households have been provided with rental assistance money from FEMA. Many families received two months of rental assistance. This enables survivors to rent an available rental property and check out of hotels.
more “FEMA Funding Tops $116 Million for Monroe County Hurricane Irma Survivors”
Part 3 of the Recovery Workshop for Property & Business Owners is this Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marathon Courtyard Marriott (mile marker 48.5).
City representatives, including John Bartus, will be there, as well as representatives from FEMA and SBA. FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe) will be present with new information about a mortgage payment deferral program.
Insurance claim expert Ken Browne will be available for Q&A and free claim reviews, plus a representative from the Florida Bar Association will be there to provide pro bono legal help.
Facebook Event Link:
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To date, 199 households in Monroe County have registered for FEMA’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power, or STEP, program. The $10 million grant program in the Keys provides up to $20,000 in repairs to primary homes damaged but not destroyed by Hurricane Irma.
It is not too late to apply for this program, but any homeowner who is interested should do so soon. Details are below.
The purpose of the rapid-repair program is to enable eligible individuals or families to take shelter in their own homes while they rebuild. This includes a functional kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area and air-conditioning for the livable area of the home. The program is at no cost to the homeowner.
So far 53 households throughout Monroe County have gone through the inspection phase and have been approved for repairs. The first construction work is scheduled to begin next week, as early as Monday, Dec. 11. The approved household locations include 20 on Big Pine Key, 16 on Marathon, six on Cudjoe Key, five on Summerland Key, two on Islamorada, two on Little Torch Key, one in Key West and one in Tavernier.
STEP is available for disaster-damaged, single-family, owner-occupied residential properties in Monroe County. These include duplexes, townhomes, modular homes and permanently placed mobile homes. Other types of owner-occupied residences may be eligible, subject to approval by the Federal Coordinating Officer on a case-by-case basis.
more “Grant-Funded Repair Work to Begin Next Week on 52 Approved Keys Households Enrolled in FEMA’s STEP Program”
Two Florida Keys Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are scheduled to close Saturday, Dec. 9, in Key West and Marathon.
Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Survivors still needing help may visit any DRC.
They can find one near them by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (Voice, 711 or VS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Helpline numbers are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
A DRC locator can be found at https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by using the FEMA App<https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app>.
The DRCs are at the following addresses:
Key West (Monroe County)
The 6805 Building
3126 Flagler Ave.
Key West, FL 33040
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
THIS LOCATION CLOSES DEC. 9 AT 7 P.M.
Marathon (Monroe County)
Old Bank of America Building, 6805 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
THIS LOCATION CLOSES DEC. 9 AT 3 P.M.