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Posted on: December 15, 2017

REMINDER: NO MORE DUMPING ON COUNTY ROADS THAT HAVE RECEIVED A FINAL PASS; PUT DEBRIS IN REGULAR GAR

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MONROE COUNTY, FL – It is now illegal to dump hurricane debris anywhere along U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys or on any County road that has received a final pass for hurricane debris collection.

In unincorporated Monroe County, hurricane debris colle...

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

LANE CLOSURES WILL BEGIN DEC. 18 AT NIGHT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NEW CARD SOUND TOLLING SYSTEM

NORTH KEY LARGO, FL – Starting Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, intermittent single lane closures will take place on Card Sound Road, on the north side of Card Sound Bridge, while construction crews perform work on the new All Electronic Tolling System. ...

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

MONROE COUNTY’S OLDEST TRAUMA STAR HELICOPTER CAUGHT FIRE ON LANDING

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ISLAMORADA, FL – Monroe County’s oldest Trauma Star – of its three-helicopter ambulance fleet – was en route to Coral Shores High School for a trauma transport when it caught fire during landing at about 7 a.m. Frid...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

MONROE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TO HOST SERIES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS REGARDING HURRICANE IRMA

MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County Emergency Management will be hosting a series of six public meetings at the start of 2018 regarding Hurricane Irma.

These meetings are designed to hear from you, the community. We want your feedback in what wen...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE RESPONDS TO FATAL VEHICULAR ACCIDENT ON LONG KEY BRIDGE

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LONG KEY, FL – Monroe County Fire Rescue responded about 1:45 p.m. Thursday to a three-vehicle accident on Long Key Bridge, near Mile Marker 66 on the Overseas Highway. The accident left one woman dead and three others with non-life threatening ...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE RECEIVES NEW CRASH TRUCK AT KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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KEY WEST, FL – Monroe County Fire Rescue welcomed a new addition at its Key West International Airport fire station on Wednesday night: a 2017 Oshkosh Striker crash truck.

The new fire truck can hold 1,500 gallons of water and 500 pounds of dry c...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE RESPONDS TO PRESSURE LEAK AT AMERIGAS PLANT ON BIG PINE KEY

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At 11:05 Thursday morning, Monroe County Fire Rescue responded to a pressure leak of one of two 18,000-gallon storage/distribution tanks at the AmeriGas plant on Big Pine Key.

The plant manager is on scene and has closed all valves in an attempt to balanc...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS FROM TODAY'S MONROE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING IN KEY LARGO

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KEY LARGO, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners met Wednesday at the Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo for their last monthly meeting of 2017. Here are some of the highlights:

Approved Post-Irma Workforce H...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

MONROE COUNTY HURRICANE DEBRIS CONTRACTOR BEGINS FINAL PASS ON DUCK KEY

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MONROE COUNTY, FL – Today, Monroe County’s hurricane debris contractor DRC Environmental Services began the final pass for Duck Key, Conch Key and the City of Layton. Crews are staring on Duck Key and moving to the other areas. The del...

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Posted on: December 11, 2017

REPAIR PROJECT FOR GARRISON BIGHT BRIDGE IN KEY WEST SLATED FOR COMPLETION IN EARLY JANUARY

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KEY WEST, FL – Monroe County’s $1.5 million repair project for the 177-foot Garrison Bight Bridge in Key West is expected to be completed by early January at the latest.

The project began on Aug. 20, 2017, and was interrupted by Hurrica...

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Posted on: December 11, 2017

Monroe County Fire Rescue Responds to Two House Fires 30 Minutes Apart in Lower Keys

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On Monday morning, Dec. 11, 2017, Monroe County Fire Rescue responded to two house fire calls 30 minutes apart in the Lower Keys. Both homes were unoccupied, and no one was injured at either fire.
The first call occurred at 9:15 a.m. Crews from Big Pine Ke...
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Posted on: December 8, 2017

GRANT-FUNDED REPAIR WORK TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK FOR 53 APPROVED KEYS’ HOUSEHOLDS IN FEMA’S STEP PROGRAM

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MONROE COUNTY, FL – To date, 199 households in Monroe County have registered for FEMA’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program known as STEP. This new, $10 million grant program in the Keys provides up to $20,000 in repairs t...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

CARD SOUND BRIDGE TOLLBOOTH DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR NEW ELECTRONIC TOLLING SYSTEM

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KEY LARGO – After delays due to Hurricane Irma, the Card Sound Bridge Tollbooth in North Key Largo was demolished Wednesday evening, with the road reopened at 3:30 a.m. Thursday. The blue awning was destroyed during the storm.

This is the first p...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

FEMA FUNDING TOPS $116 MILLION FOR MONROE COUNTY HURRICANE IRMA SURVIVORS

MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County homeowners and renters impacted by Hurricane Irma have received more than $116 million in federal funding for housing, flood insurance claims and other recovery needs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency...

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Posted on: December 6, 2017

DEBRIS REMOVAL UPDATE FOR UNINCORPORATED MONROE COUNTY AND ALONG U.S. 1

Here is a debris removal update:

MILE MARKER 16 to 40

Monroe County’s new debris removal contractor DRC Environmental Services began removing white goods (large appliances) on Nov. 30.

Crews currently are working to collect eligible construction a...

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Posted on: December 4, 2017

KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO START $10 MILLION RUNWAY RENOVATION PROJECT

Key WestInternational Airport will start a 5-month reconstruction project Tuesday
night, Dec. 5, 2017, on its only runway (9-27).

The runway
is more than 15 years old and has experienced about 900,000 take offs andlandings during this time.

All work on t...

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Posted on: December 4, 2017

FDOT TO BEGIN FINAL PASS OF HURRICANE DEBRIS ALONG U.S. 1 IN THE KEYS ON WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6

MARATHON, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday that authorizes the Florida Department of Transportation to conduct a “Final Trash and Debris Pick Up” along all of U.S. 1 in Monroe ...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

CARD SOUND ROAD TO CLOSE FOR TOLL BOOTH DEMOLITION ON EVENING OF DEC. 5 and 6

KEY LARGO, FL – Card Sound Road will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, for the demolition of the toll both and its associated buildings.

If the work isn’t completed in that time window, Card Sound Road also will be ...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

MONROE COUNTY BOCC HOLDS SPECIAL MEETING ON HOUSING RECOVERY STRATEGIES DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA

At a Special Meeting of the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners this week, the Commission was presented with options for housing recovery strategies due to the destruction and damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

The approximate Damage Assessment Resul...

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Posted on: November 30, 2017

DEP DEPUTY SECRETARY DAVID CLARK TOURS KEYS CANALS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE IRMA

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MONROE COUNTY, FL – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Deputy Secretary David Clark traveled from Tallahassee recently to meet with Florida Keys’ officials to tour local canals impacted by Hurricane Irma and...

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Posted on: November 30, 2017

HURRICANE DEBRIS DUMPING NOW ILLEGAL ALONG ALL OF U.S. 1 IN THE KEYS

No Road Side Dumping Sign-1.jpg It is now illegal to dump hurricane debris anywhere along
U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys. 
  

Illegaldumping is a felony. Law enforcement will actively enforce any illegal
hurricane debris dumping along U.S. 1.

The Florida Departmen...

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Posted on: November 29, 2017

UPDATE: HURRICANE DEBRIS REMOVAL IN UNINCORPORATED MONROE COUNTY

 

KEY LARGO AND TAVERNIER

Monroe County’s contractors have completed hurricane debris removal on all County roads in Key Largo and Tavernier. The final pass in this area began on Oct. 29 and County workers ensured that each County road w...

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Posted on: November 29, 2017

MONROE COUNTY COMPLETED REGULATIONS ANALYSIS FOR REPAIR, REPLACEMENT AND ELEVATION OF IRMA AFFECTED

MONROE COUNTY, FL – In the County, mobile and manufactured homes suffered some of the worst damage from Hurricane Irma because the units were built to different standards than the current building code and because many have existed for decades a...

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Posted on: November 27, 2017

MONROE COUNTY BOCC HOLDING SPECIAL MEETING ON HOUSING RECOVERY STRATEGIES IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE I

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners is holding a Special Meeting about “Housing Recovery Strategies” in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Agenda items include:

  • A presentation of the Monroe County Housing Strategy Document cal...
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Posted on: November 21, 2017

Monroe County Hurricane Irma Recovery Update: Debris Collection and County parks

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HURRICANE LAND DEBRIS COLLECTION

Monroe County’s new hurricane debris contractor, DRC Emergency Services, has about 33 trucks working on County roads in the hardest hit area of the Keys from MM 16 to MM 40. About 8,000 cubic yards of debris is be...

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Posted on: November 20, 2017

FEMA HAS PROVIDED NEARLY $53 MILLION TO MONROE COUNTY IRMA SURVIVORS

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MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County homeowners and renters impacted by Hurricane Irma have received nearly $53 million in assistance for housing and other recovery needs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 

Here is a fact ...

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Posted on: November 20, 2017

INSPECTIONS TO BEGIN FOR 140 HOMEOWNERS ALREADY REGISTERED IN FEMA’S STEP PROGRAM FOR RAPID REPAIRS

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MONROE COUNTY, FL – At least 140 homeowners in the Florida Keys have registered for FEMA’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program known as STEP. This new grant program only has been implemented twice before – after ...

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Posted on: November 17, 2017

MONROE COUNTY REQUESTS FDOT CONTRACTOR STOP HURRICANE VEGETATIVE DEBRIS BURNING ON CUDJOE KEY

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CUDJOE KEY, FL – Due to the 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 hurric...

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Posted on: November 17, 2017

MONROE COUNTY COMMISSSIONERS AND STAFF PARTICIPATE IN FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES LEGISLATIVE CO

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SARASOTA, FL – Monroe County Commissioners and senior staff attended the Florida Association of Counties’ 2017-2018 Legislative Conference this week at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota.

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi gave the Key...

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Posted on: November 14, 2017

MONROE COUNTY COMMISSION CHOOSES DAVID RICE AS NEW COUNTY MAYOR

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KEY WEST, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners selected David Rice to become the County’s new mayor on Tuesday at the Commission meeting at the Harvey Government Center in Key West. For the past year Rice served as Mayo...

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Posted on: November 13, 2017

$50 MILLION IN FEMA ASSISTANCE PROVIDED TO MONROE COUNTY HURRICANE IRMA SURVIVORS

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MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County homeowners and renters impacted by Hurricane Irma have received more than $50 million in assistance for housing and other recovery needs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Here is a fact sheet ...

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

NEW CONTRACTOR BEGINS HURRICANE DEBRIS REMOVAL IN HARDEST HIT AREA OF MONROE COUNTY

MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County’s new contractor, DRC Emergency Services, began collecting hurricane debris today on County roads in the area from MM 16 to MM 40.

Collection will continue for the next few weeks. No deadline has been ...

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Posted on: November 8, 2017

LAST PUBLIC MEETING ABOUT FEMA’S STEP PROGRAM TONIGHT AT SUGARLOAF SCHOOL

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BIG PINE KEY, FL – As of Wednesday morning, 38 homeowners have registered for FEMA’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program known as STEP. This new grant program only has been implemented twice before – after Supers...

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Posted on: October 31, 2017

FEMA ASSISTANCE PROVIDED/AVAILABLE FOR HURRICANE IRMA SURVIVORS IN MONROE COUNTY

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MONROE COUNTY, FL -- Monroe County has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Keys’ residents impacted by Hurricane Irma receive assistance for housing and other recovery needs. While much public attention has been fo...

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Posted on: October 20, 2017

MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE RESPONDS TO FUEL TANKER-UTILITY TRUCK COLLISION ON CUDJOE KEY

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CUDJOE KEY, FL – Monroe County Fire Rescue responded at about 1:15 p.m. to an accident involving an apparent head-on collision between a fuel tanker going northbound and a line truck at mile marker 21 on the Overseas Highway near Blimp Road on Cu...

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Posted on: October 9, 2017

MONROE COUNTY BUILDING INSPECTORS EVALUATING HURRICANE IRMA DAMAGE OF STRUCTURES

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MONROE COUNTY, FL – As hurricane Irma survivors in Monroe County continue rebuilding their lives, property owners will face many challenges. The County is focused on public safety as it’s foremost mission.

 

Building inspectors ...

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Posted on: October 5, 2017

FLORIDA KEYS EXPERIENCING KING TIDES HIGHER THAN NOAA’S PREDICTION

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MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County is experiencing higher than predicted King tides, running about .75 foot above the original prediction from the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of .51 feet for...

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Posted on: September 28, 2017

The Monroe County Tourist Development Council Emergency Capital Funding Available

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EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:  The Monroe County Tourist Development Council has made available one million dollars in EMERGENCY Capital funding to assist governmental entities and non-profit organizations who have incurred damage due to Hurricane Irma....Read on...

Posted on: January 31, 2017

Strategic Planning Survey

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To my fellow County residents, business-owners and stakeholders,

     Monroe County has begun to update its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, which will guid...

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