Due to continuing complaints from residents, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners directed County Administrator Roman Gastesi to send a formal request to the Florida Department of Transportation to stop the hurricane debris burning operations on Cudjoe Key.
The approximately 213,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris at this site on Blimp Road was collected by the FDOT’s debris contractor MCM Construction, which is responsible for the disposal of the collected debris.
Gastesi sent the request to stop burning via email on Nov. 16. The County has not received a response yet.
Here’s the background:
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection approved the use of an air curtain incinerator to burn vegetative hurricane debris at the temporary debris management site on Blimp Road on Cudjoe Key. The Governor’s Emergency Final Order authorized the operation, which began there Oct. 26.
To date, about half of the debris at the Blimp Road site has been burned using air curtains, an accepted practice under FEMA’s Public Assistance Debris Management Guide. The operation requires the daily approval of the Florida Forest Service. Monroe County Deputy Fire Marshal Craig Marston has been monitoring the operation.
Who: Monroe County Mayor George Neugent; Assistant County Administrator Kevin Wilson; Assistant County Administrator Christine Hurley; Erin Muir, Rep. Holly Raschein aide; Kent Nelson, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and Deputy Director of Utility Operations; Julie Cheon, FKAA public information officer; Mark Landry with the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and others.
MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County has completed a Preliminary Damage Assessment of residential structures in unincorporated Monroe County due to Hurricane Irma.
The Preliminary Damage Assessment results estimate the following:
• 3,884 unaffected structures;
• 10,009 affected structures (this can include just landscaping damage);
• 2,739 minor affected structures;
• 583 majorly affected structures; and
• 675 destroyed structures
These preliminary damage assessments are done visually from the street. The information is provided to FEMA to help the federal agency implement FEMA Individual Assistance to the community.
These figures do NOT include assessments from the Keys’ five municipalities of Key West, Marathon, Islamorada, Key Colony Beach and Layton.
This also is NOT data the County has obtained from more detailed safety inspections, used for placarding buildings. That data will be released at a later date. For the safety inspections, the County rechecks those structures designated as Major Damage or Destroyed for placarding.
Also, Substantial Damage Inspections related to flooding – which are separate from this Preliminary Damage Assessment – have just begun to take place in unincorporated Monroe County. These inspections are required by floodplain regulations as a condition of eligibility for County residents to participate in the federally subsidized National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).