Keys residents gathering supplies, funds for Bahamas - A small boat in a body of water - Florida Keys

Keys residents gathering supplies, funds for Bahamas

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“As soon as the seas calm down.” Keys locals who are collecting emergency supplies for the citizens of the Bahamas plan to make the crossing just as...
Locals practice drills with approach of Hurricane Dorian - A close up of a map - Hurricane Dorian

Locals practice drills with approach of Hurricane Dorian

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“We’ve started what we call the battle rhythm,” said Martin Senterfitt, Monroe County’s director of Emergency Management. “It’s like a timeline that we began when the storm...
Preparing And Protecting Kids During Hurricane Season - A close up of a stop sign on a pole - 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

Preparing And Protecting Kids During Hurricane Season

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Yes, it’s that time of year again. Actually, it’s been that time of year for a few weeks. But a few of us may have been a...
Anne’s Beach reopens following damage sustained from Irma - A wooden bench sitting on top of a sandy beach - Anne's Beach

Anne’s Beach reopens following damage sustained from Irma

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A popular beach damaged by Hurricane Irma is rebuilt, reinvigorated and ready to welcome the public back.  On Friday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m., a ribbon will be...
Got Insurance? Some locals talk about going naked (self-insuring) - A bench next to a body of water - Beach

Got Insurance? Some locals talk about going naked (self-insuring)

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The popular complaint after Hurricane Irma went something like this: “Those so-and-so insurance companies have been collecting my premiums for years and ONLY gave me (insert number...
Last day to apply for county to buy your damaged home – Keys have $10 million to spend on buyout program - A person standing in front of a building - Carlos Curbelo

Last day to apply for county to buy your damaged home – Keys have...

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Can’t take it any more? Want to wash your hands of the whole affair — your storm-wrecked home — and walk away? Monroe County has a program...
More slow money: State’s DEO talks about phase 2 of Rebuild Florida - A close up of text on a white background - Monroe County

More slow money: State’s DEO talks about phase 2 of Rebuild Florida

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A roll-out of new post-hurricane business recovery programs can best be named Rebuild Florida, phase 2. On June 3, Monroe County brought together stakeholders to learn about...
Mucarsel-Powell takes role in disaster recovery - A group of people sitting at a table - Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Mucarsel-Powell takes role in disaster recovery

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Three days out from the start of the 2019 hurricane season, and the Florida Keys are still asking: where’s the 2017 money? In a May 22 hearing of...
Flood Map Fear: What FEMA maps mean for your flood insurance - A screenshot of a cell phone - Flood

Marathon to adopt 3 feet of ‘freeboard’

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Layton’s doing it. So is Monroe County. Now Marathon has signed on. They have decided to require 3 feet of “freeboard” above base flood elevation for new...
That season-that-shall-not-be-named? Yeah, well, it’s here - A close up of an animal in the air - Flood

That season-that-shall-not-be-named? Yeah, well, it’s here

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On May 23, the same day the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its 2019 hurricane forecast, the director of the National Hurricane Center, Kenneth Graham, was...
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