Here is an update from several Keys entities about their services and situations after Hurricane Irma. Most also are updating social media regularly:
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative: Power system is now approximately 70 percent energized. If you are still without power, call 305-852-2431 and please use the automated system to report your outage. All hospitals, critical government buildings, schools, sewer facilities and water pumping stations in the Upper and Middle Keys have electric service, and the Publix, Winn Dixie and Home Depot stores are open. Due to significant flooding in the Middle Keys, power restoration there will take longer. To see if your area has power, visit live online Power Outage Viewer at www.fkec.com.
The hospital at mile marker 91.5 bayside, 91500 Overseas Highway, reopened Friday.
Debris in unincorporated Monroe County, Layton, KCB:
Debris from Hurricane Irma will be picked up free by Monroe County contractors in unincorporated Monroe County, City of Layton and City of Key Colony Beach. But you must do the following:
Stack hurricane related debris on the county right of way (road shoulder) in front of homes. It must not block the road or driveways.
Do not put debris on vacant lots or other private property; it will not be picked up.
You must separate into five groups:
· vegetative debris (tree branches, leaves)
· household appliances
· household hazardous waste, which includes paints, cleaners, etc.
· non-vegetative debris
This needs to be kept separate from regular household trash. Contents of refrigerators should be thrown out in regular trash.
Not eligible for pick up by debris contractor: cars, trucks, motor cycles, trailers, boats or other watercraft and car parts like tires.
Marathon Community Theatre:
Roof is seriously damaged and there is considerable water damage inside. The season is postponed indefinitely.
Dolphin Research Center:
All of Dolphin Research Center’s stay-behind-crew, dolphins, sea lions and tropical birds survived the storm and are doing well. The dolphins’ and sea lions’ lagoon habitats are secure. No fencing was damaged. Our crew is diving all of the lagoons to do underwater inspection.
Facilities will reopen with limited services beginning Monday, September 18, 2017 as follows:
Marathon: 5601 Overseas Highway, drive-through only 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Mobile ATM
Key West: 1000 Kennedy Drive, drive-through only 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Key West: 1075 Duval Street, ATM service only.