KEY WEST: US Military Delivers Rations And Water

The Palm Beach Post reports:

As life returns to a small semblance of normal in the Upper Keys, normal is still far off for residents living in the Middle and Lower Keys, where the usually raucous town of Key West was boarded up and shut down. The Marathon Airport took on the look of a disaster on foreign soil as the U.S. Army choppered in with relief supplies for the fragile islands slammed with Hurricane Irma’s 130 mph winds Sunday morning.

Throughout the lower Keys, newer houses on stilts, built to stricter codes in the last few decades, seemed to have little damage, even on hardest-hit Cudjoe Key. There, DEA agents unloaded blue tarps from unmarked vans in front of a house with a damaged roof. “We’re taking care of the first responders’ homes while they take care of everyone else,” said one agent, who declined to give his name.

Key West was a sonambulent shade of its usual boisterous self. Duval Street was a ghost town, including Ernest Hemingway’s favorite watering holes, Sloppy Joe’s and Captain Tony’s. Most of the city had no power, although it had come on at Ibis Bay Resort at the city’s entrance, only to go off again 12 hours later.

At a shopping center on North Roosevelt Boulevard, Army servicemen and Marines handed out water and food. Each family received a 24-pack of drinking water and four boxes of dried rations for each family member in a town where grocery stores and ATMs remain powerless and closed.

From Monroe County Emergency Services:

Re-entry is still limited to residents and business owners in the Upper Keys, to mile marker 73 and only during non-curfew hours. Work is being done as quickly as possible to make it safe enough to open the rest of the Keys to re-entry.

Please be patient. Marathon to Key West still is unsafe to return. There is limited water, food, power, fuel, sewer and medical services. “We know people are anxious to return but we can’t put an artificial timeline on when it will be safe to return,” Monroe County Health Department Director Bob Eadie. “Now it is not safe for people to come to the Middle Keys. We don’t want to create a health crisis.”

The Upper Keys situation is different. Much of the area has water, power, fuel, a functioning ER (and close proximity to Miami-Dade medical facilities) and open grocery stores and a pharmacy. Keys Energy Services, which covers the South end of Seven Mile Bridge to Key West, reports that about 16 percent of their clients now have service in parts of Key West, Stock Island and Key Haven.

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority reports it continues to make progress. It now has pressure down to Stock Island. Most of the homes and businesses not receiving water in the Upper and Middle Keys is mostly due to broken lines in people’s yards that were were ripped up by fallen trees.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m., Key West and Stock Island will have water from stored supplies and the reverse osmosis plant. There are three fill stations for customers. Bring your jugs, 5 gallon buckets, etc. They will be open from 8-6 daily.

Since the above notice went out, Fox News has reported that a Publix grocery store in Key West will reopen this afternoon. The store has not been restocked since the hurricane, but they apparently still have useful items. It’s been previously reported that most structures in Key West suffered relatively little damage.

  • bkmn

    Long road to recovery down there. I hope they can reopen so we can patronize their establishments again.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    That child is in the military? Gawd I feel old.

    • clay

      About once a year someone will ask if I’m ever attracted to any of my students. My usual response is:

      “SHUT UP!”

      • Gregory B

        Is that a “yes”?

        • clay


  • clay

    Thank you, Joe. It’s nice to have (realistic) good news.

  • Gustav2

    “somnambulant” may be the correct spelling you want ‘Palm Beach Post’

    • JoeMyGod

      I wondered about that.

      • Gustav2

        As I was reading my brain read the word with the “m,” but I couldn’t sound the word out. I had to look it up to see if I was correct.

  • JoeMyGod

    As I noted on Facebook a couple of days ago, the famed Island House experienced no structural damage and no flooding. Their famously lush landscaping took a hit, as the below satellite image shows, but that’s an easy fix and they expect to reopen for homo frivolity as soon as utilities and commercial air service resumes.

    • JoeMyGod

      It made me feel good to see so many Island House regulars pouring onto their Facebook page with promises to return as soon as possible.

      • Ninja0980

        They’ll rebuild quickly.
        Won’t be shocked to see a lot of these places up and running by next summer.

        • clay

          Summer? I imagine they’ll going by the October naked parties.

        • JoeMyGod

          I’d say more like two weeks. I’m booked for December like always.

      • Hank

        I wonder how the Equator, down the street held up?? They took over the ?Coral Ridge” nest door to it when the Oasis, went straight. It is also a fun place.

        • Dick B

          We were wondering about the Equator too. Our yearly trip is in May.

          And as I think back to our last trip, we were considering an additional trip in October – so I asked about Hurricane Season – what is their policy of cancellations? Perhaps I shouldn’t have asked. Think someone’s going to blame me . . . ?

          • FloBear

            Equator is ok. They will reopen when they have power, etc. We’ll be there in April.

      • charemor

        But I thought god sent the storm to punish the gays?????

        • Dan M

          I prefer to think he sent the hurricanes to destroy churches.

      • Duh-David

        I was supposed to be there now. Delta keeps bumping my reservation forward, but I unpacked this afternoon.

        By the time Island House reopens, my reservation will have passed, but I’m hoping they have a room for me next month or two.

    • PickyPecker

      Glad to hear about their good fortune. Never been there, but YAY for ‘homo frivolity’!

    • edrex

      god loves homos having a good time.

    • zhera

      Hey Joe, do you know if every Floridian here have checked in yet? I know BillBear had a list going but the last time I saw it it was about half and half.

  • Tomcat

    If any of the water bottles say trump pour them out. His supporters drink that stuff andd look what they are willing to accept.

  • FelineMama

    And, our Commander in Hate wants to ban certain human beings from the military. Maybe, he should look up the meaning of ‘human beings’ first, then step down. . I so despise this Pretend President. ‘ Commander in Chief'(?) , YOU, suh, are not qualified to tie their boots, let alone be shaking their hands/saluting!!! WHEW!

  • Lazycrockett

    Props to MSNBC for giving much needed attention to the US. Virgin Islands that got destroyed in the Cat 5.

    • Ninja0980

      They are one of the only stations that is right now.

  • fkevin

    OT: Drag shows could soon be illegal in downtown Portland, Tennessee

    “City law prohibits adult entertainment in business districts. The ordinance revises the definition of adult entertainment to include shows that feature male or female impersonators.”

    • safari

      What exactly do they think takes place at a drag show?

      • MBear


        • UrsusArctos

          Damn! What will they do with all those toaster ovens now?

          • MBear

            I dont think they get toaster ovens. Thats our gig

          • UrsusArctos

            I meant if they shut down the gay bars in TN, using this as a pretext. Them thar hills have a lot of us homos in them.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Perversion !…. To music !!

        • greenmanTN

          It’s got a nice dance and you can beat to it!

      • m_lp_ql_m

        A light being shined on misogyny.

      • Adam Schmidt

        It’s a means to shut down the gay bars. Most any gay bar in Tennessee has a drag show. So if you want to shut down the gay bars, make the drag shows illegal.

      • David Walker

        Bad lip-synching.

    • B Snow

      Toss Uncle Miltie in jail and throw away the key!!

    • greenmanTN
    • djcoastermark

      What he everlivinhell? Thanx tennesse for showing the world how ignorant ‘muricans can be.

    • Sporkfighter

      So no Monty Python?

    • Chris Baker

      Would be nice if some women showed up to stand in as female female impersonators. You know, just to mess with the authorities.

  • Mike

    Those unfortunate Floridians must be terrified at all the government “help” and socialism they’re having to fight back. Sad.

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  • Tawreos

    I wish I could get that soldier to make a delivery to me

  • Harveyrabbit

    I assume those members of the military delivering supplies aren’t LGBTQ because they wouldn’t want the American recipients to catch teh gay.

    But seriously.. thanks to all the service people helping out. We salute you. All of you.

    (Seems Disqus is having issues right now)

  • AmeriCanadian

    I realize it’s taboo to discuss climate change with Republicans nowadays. I wonder if the same is true about discussing updating building codes for hurricane prone areas. I’m guessing that’s a big fat no as well.

    • Gustav2

      After Andrew there was a great deal of fighting, but the newer structures are the survivors. Now as long as the mortgage companies enforce the need for flood insurance and the cities enforce the code…

      • AmeriCanadian

        So the updates and enforcement won’t come from our legislators but from the private sector that doles out the money. How predictable.

        • Gustav2

          The Florida legislature did act, in order that the states real estate industry could survive. The taxes on real estate sales is a money maker.

          • AmeriCanadian

            That’s interesting, and good to know that there still is responsibility being practiced at the political level. The double-edged sword of it all is that it makes building (and living) in these areas more expensive, thus forcing out the low and even middle income earners.

          • Gustav2

            The “affordable” houses built on concrete pads from before Andrew in some areas are only worth the land. The flood insurance on the house is more than the mortgage would be.

    • clay

      “The invisible hand of the free market must be free!”

      • AmeriCanadian

        Clay, in another article, you posted that you are not a Democrat. Did I miss the /s?

        • clay

          I’m only registered as a Democrat so I can vote in Philadelphia’s primaries.
          I have no loyalty to the party as an organization.
          They are much closer to my policy ideals than the GOP.

    • Sporkfighter

      “Job-killing regulations and red tape.”

  • Michael C

    Not that I minded watching them but why didn’t they just back that truck up into the building where the boxes needed to be stacked? …or even just a little closer to the door…

  • Ninja0980

    These marines could show up in my neighborhood anytime.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I could watch Sailor Shades lifting boxes all day. Yeah, I could.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      “Whoops! I dropped my box! Whoops, I dropped another box…”

  • safari
    • PickyPecker

      Last I saw, the Europen model brought the track about 130 miles closer to the east coast.

    • Hank shows only 1 model hitting the Mid-Atlantic coastline with the others going near the tip of Long Island and on to the Mass peninsula/

  • safari
    • clay

      Shhhh, don’t tell Donny.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Gee, just in time for the new iOS device.

    • AmeriCanadian

      That is just great. I swear I can’t keep up with the hacks and attacks.

    • safari

      Do note that if you’ve applied Windows patches over the summer or are running iOS 10 you aren’t vulnerable. Windows phone isn’t vulnerable. There is a patch for Android.

    • BearEyes

      I only turn on bluetooth for my android when I’m in the car going somewhere – otherwise it’s off – mostly due to battery drain.

  • edrex

    i’m thirsty and could use some water…

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I just hope non of that plastic shit ends up in the ocean.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      This is the part of climate change that no one really wants to talk about.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      I wish it wasn’t manufactured in the first place.

  • ByronK

    But the important question is what will this do for their brand? /s

  • David Walker

    Does anyone know if the Hemingway house and cats weathered the storm all right?

    • bzrd

      it did

      • David Walker

        Good. Thank you.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Yes, beautifully.

      • David Walker

        Glad to hear it. Thanks.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          I should have said, “Yes, purrfectly!”

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Over built and over populated. Like the rest of the world.

  • Dean Chambers

    Didn’t the Keys get hit with the eye on Saturday? Considering that there was plenty of advance warning and an evacuation order, I find it intolerable that it would take FIVE WHOLE DAYS to helicopter in water and dry rations. Is our emergency planning really that inept that water couldn’t have been stored somewhere in Miami and helicopters sent in on Sunday morning after the storm had passed?