The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not allow Monroe County or FDOT contractors to remove hurricane debris from private roads in the County. However, there are exceptions if a private community requests debris removal from its private roads and completes a right of entry, hold harmless and indemnification form.
Only one person with signing authority from each private community should make the request.
To receive the form – and for information about the process – contact Trish Eables at 305-292-3470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Signed forms are sent to FEMA, which funds the debris contractors and gives them approval to work on private roads.
Monroe County’s Hurricane Irma debris removal contractor Ashbritt Environmental has completed the first pass on more than 90 percent of county roads in its service area and will begin a final sweep Oct. 29.
This service area includes all county roads from mile marker 91 in Tavernier to the county line in Key Largo, and from MM 5 on Stock Island to MM 15 on Baypoint.
The Florida Department of Transportation’s hurricane debris removal contractors will finish their passes in Layton, Conch Key and Duck Key by Oct. 20. A final sweep of those areas also will begin on Oct. 29.
Beginning today the City of Key West will begin the final pass of Key West streets to pick up storm-related debris.
Following this final pass throughout the island, the city will return to normal protocol of trash pickup, which means residents and business owners will need to arrange with Waste Management for pickup before setting out large items.
Removing the vast quantities of storm-related debris has proven challenging in Key West and throughout Monroe County, but support from numerous contractors has made the program a success. Key West’s streets are in very good shape.
The community, too, is to be commended for making storm debris removal a priority so that the streets could be cleared and made safe.
Hurricane debris removal has been underway for nearly a month. Progress continues at a steady pace with the collection of approximately 570,000 cubic yards of vegetative, construction and other debris from unincorporated Monroe County and in the municipalities of Layton and Key Colony Beach, which contracted with the County to provide hurricane debris removal.
The debris has been collected in neighborhoods and along U.S. Highway 1 by Monroe County’s contracted hauler Ashbritt Environmental and Florida Department of Transportation contractors. Ashbritt Environmental has collected 250,590 cubic yards and estimates it is about halfway done in its territory. FDOT contractors have collected 319,329 cubic yards, which includes 170,702 cubic yards along County roads and 149,625 cubic yards along U.S. 1.
“The County is fortunate FDOT has been able to provide contractors to help with the unprecedented amount of hurricane debris we had throughout the Keys following Hurricane Irma,” said Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi. “We are very appreciative of this much-needed assistance to complete the debris removal. which is an important part of the Keys’ recovery.”
AshBritt Environmental is handling Key Largo to Tavernier, Conch Key and Mile Marker 15 to Stock Island and now has 64 trucks operating in unincorporated Monroe County. AshBritt-contracted crews have removed more than 250,000 cubic yards of debris and taken it to four temporary debris management sites in the Keys. They also have removed more than 3,000 white goods (appliances), which will have any Freon removed and then be recycled.
The No Open Burning Ban instituted by the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners on Sept. 19, 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma remains in effect.
However, due to special circumstances, open burning is permitted within the jurisdiction and authority of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at Bahia Honda State Park.
The park sustained major destruction of its vegetation and structures. Most of the road along Sand Spur Beach was heavily damaged. The picnic structures and bathrooms are not salvageable. Foundations were moved several yards from their original locations.
The park has an overwhelming amount of vegetative debris, which includes poison wood and other potentially hazardous native and non-native vegetation. FDEP requires special permitting for transportation of hazardous vegetation out of the county. The cost is prohibitive and the special permitting was not approved.
Progress continues on collection of hurricane debris in unincorporated Monroe County and in the municipalities of Layton and Key Colony Beach, which contracted with the County to provide debris removal.
As of Oct. 9, approximately 393,000 combined cubic yards of hurricane debris, vegetative and construction, have been collected in neighborhoods and along U.S. Highway 1 by Monroe County’s contracted hauler Ashbritt Environmental and the Florida Department of Transportation.
AshBritt Environmental is handling Key Largo to Tavernier, Conch Key and mile marker 15 to Stock Island, and now has 58 trucks operating in unincorporated Monroe County. AshBritt-contracted crews have removed more than 176,000 cubic yards of debris to four temporary debris-management sites in the Keys.
In the Upper Keys, Ashbritt has been working on County roads from MM 112 through MM 92 in Tavernier and in neighborhoods along County Road 905. It will complete a first pass on all roads before a second pass begins. Monroe County Public Works crews have been following behind Ashbritt to collect debris from private roads and move it to the closest public right of way, where it can then be collected by the contractor.
In the Lower Keys, Ashbritt is collecting debris on Stock Island, Big Coppitt Key, Key Haven, Rockland Key (oceanside), Baypoint and Geiger Key. On Oct. 11, collection will begin on Rockland Key (Calle Uno and Dos). The contractor will continue through neighborhoods to complete a first pass before beginning a second pass.
Progress continues for the free collection of hurricane debris in unincorporated Monroe County and in the municipalities of Layton and Key Colony Beach, which contracted with the County to provide hurricane debris removal.
As of Friday, Oct. 6, more than 160,000 combined cubic yards of hurricane debris, including vegetative and construction, have been collected in neighborhoods and along U.S. Highway 1.
Monroe County’s debris contractor AshBritt Environmental has been handling Key Largo to Tavernier and mile marker 15 to Stock Island. AshBritt-contracted crews have removed more than 115,000 cubic yards of debris and 2,000 white goods (appliances).
The company is approximately 75 percent complete with the first pass of collection in the Upper Keys. First-pass operations continue in this area, with second passes to follow.
In Key Colony Beach, two passes have been made throughout the municipality and work will continue next week, as needed.
In the Lower Keys, from MM 15 to Stock Island, crews have been working the area with two double self-loaders, one roll-off truck, one single self-loader, six 30-cubic-yard dump trailers, eight small dump trailers and associated loading equipment. The first pass is expected to be completed in the Lower Keys in the next two weeks.
Regular collection schedules for recycling and garbage have resumed in unincorporated Monroe County. This includes all areas that are accessible by collection trucks.
Please make sure recycling put in bins is not contaminated with hurricane debris.
Regular yard waste collection in unincorporated Monroe County has not resumed because hurricane debris yard waste is still being collected by contracted haulers as part of the emergency response.
No hazardous waste/electronic waste items should be put outside if possible. These items should be taken to any of the County’s three transfer stations. At this time, hazardous waste collection is accepted during all transfer station hours, which are Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Waste Management will resume regular trash collection, and beginning Monday, Oct. 2, recycling and yard waste collection will resume a normal pickup schedule.
Sign up for weekly reminders, check our calendar to see your collection day and report any problems with your waste services at www.KeyWestRecycles.com. You can do this on your computer or download the city’s app or go straight to the ReCollect app on your cell phone.
DEBRIS REMOVAL: The debris pickup schedule area will be posted daily. This schedule is subject to change and has been posted to give our residents a general idea of when the contractor will be in their area. The City will notice before each debris push. We are still progressing on the first pickup city wide.
1st Debris push has been completed or will be completed by end of day, Oceanside only: 11th Street to 30th Street Oceanside, 63rd Street Ocean to 97th Street Ocean except for Sombrero areas, and Grassy Key to Coco Plum Oceanside (Avenue A and B not completed).
The following areas are on the schedule today and tomorrow:
95th and 96th Streets Ocean moving East
Sombrero Beach area
Sombrero Blvd. area
Little Venice Oceanside area
HOUSEHOLD WASTE: Marathon Garbage Service has resumed normal schedules for trash pickup. Recycling Services have been suspended until October 1st. To ensure household trash IS NOT mixed with debris or it will not be picked up.
MARINE DEBRIS – We are in the early stages of organizing our marine related debris recovery and removal efforts in partnership with our county, state and federal partners. We will update who to contact and the procedure.
WATER: BOIL WATER – WATER IS STILL NOT POTABLE IN AREAS OF MARATHON. Due to the substantial progress being made restoring water service to the Florida Keys the mandatory restrictions have been deemed no longer necessary. These restrictions are being replaced with an advisory order recommending that residents avoid wasteful uses of FKAA water. FKAA has agreed to suspend billing for an undetermined amount of time. FKAA (305-295-2213) http://www.fkaa.com/
CITY OPERATIONS: On Monday, September 25, City Hall will resume operations. Lower Keys Shuttle https://kwtransit.com/ has resumed their normal schedule.