MM50 Relief Project gathers costumes

MM50 Relief Project gathers costumes

Outfits for bigger kids still needed After Hurricane Irma hit the Keys, homegrown islander Krystal Langley was formulating a plan that has since turned into a mission. It was a sleepless night, she said, worrying about tornadoes in Coconut Creek where she lives now, but mostly about her hometown of Marathon. “I had all these […]

Damage by the numbers

Damage by the numbers

The best way to describe these numbers describing Hurricane Irma damage in the Keys is … preliminary. (Really, it’s called the Preliminary Damage Inspection.) Essentially, county and municipal officials, assisted by FEMA workers, went door-to-door visually inspecting buildings and sorting them into categories — affected, not affected, minor damage, major damage, and destroyed. Expect the […]

Pigeon Key, Marathon Community Theatre rebuild

Pigeon Key, Marathon Community Theatre rebuild

REBUILDING INSTITUTIONS They’re down, but not out. Both Pigeon Key, the tiny and historic island in the middle of the 7 Mile Bridge, and Marathon Community Theatre, the homegrown theatre and cinema, sustained significant damage from Hurricane Irma. And while the task is formidable, it’s completely within the organizations’ reach to rebuild. PIGEON KEY It […]

Boats: Lost and Found

Boats: Lost and Found

In just four weeks, multiple state and federal agencies have finalized a plan to handle the many boats displaced by Hurricane Irma. The U.S. Coast Guard, the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state Department of Environmental Protection and the federal Environmental Protection Agency: Each agency has assumed a distinct role to remove the […]

King Tides to continue

King Tides to continue

Hurricane makes seasonal event worse Social media erupted with “Is this normal?” type questions, paired with photos of underwater docks, after the battered Keys got its first round of King Tides earlier in the week. Simply put, King Tides are naturally occurring and predictable high tides (sun, moon, rotation of the Earth, etc.). That they […]

No one outperformed Keys linemen

No one outperformed Keys linemen

Locals rise to the occasion Every single Florida Keys Electric Cooperative lineman turned into a customer service representative this week. Locals like FKEC journeyman lineman Rob Christensen had their personal cell phones blowing up as friends called with questions about service. “We, as a team, worked as fast as possible,” said Christensen. “I still get […]

Local rides out the storm on his boat.

Local rides out the storm on his boat.

Robert “Bob” Keyt almost said goodbye to The Last Farewell. His 38-foot Downeaster was docked at Pancho’s Marina and Fuel Dock during Hurricane Irma. During the storm, the boat came loose from its slip with Keyt aboard. “I got to be honest; at one point I abandoned ship,” he said Sept. 25 from a picnic […]

Fishermen’s field hospital opened Sept. 26

Fishermen’s field hospital opened Sept. 26

A temporary field hospital is open in Fishermen’s parking lot in Marathon.   Fishermen’s Hospital will be rebuilt, representatives say.   That’s the message from Baptist Health South Florida about Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon. Whether that means the structure will be demolished, or thoroughly renovated, or possibly relocated, there will be permanent and consistent medical […]

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