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

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

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...

Marathon to adopt 3 feet of ‘freeboard’

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

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...

What FEMA floodplain maps mean for the Keys

The FEMA floodplain maps have been looming on the horizon for South Florida and the Keys like a storm cloud. The preliminary maps drawn up by FEMA...

Less damage; experience just as bad

An hour north of where Hurricane Irma made landfall, evidence of the storm remains in Islamorada, but Upper Keys officials are still thankful they were spared the...

Time is of the essence

Constant weather updates are just one of the perks of having an Emergency Operations Center and City Hall across the street from the National Weather Service –...

Hurricane Treasure

Given enough time, the calamity of a hurricane can bring positive consequences – in the Keys, that amount of time is about 215 years. In 1733...

GET A RIDE

In order to meet the special needs of persons who would need assistance during evacuations and sheltering because of physical and mental handicaps, Florida statutes mandate that...

Hurricane Tracker Rothwell’s radar

When Chris Rothwell was barely a teenager, his spark for meteorology was jump started when Hurricane Andrew passed by his southwest Florida home in 1992. “It was...