FLORIDA: All Keys Residents May Return Tomorrow

The Miami Herald reports:

All Monroe County residents will be able to return to the Keys Sunday. This includes those who live in severely hard-hit areas of the Lower Keys between Key West and Marathon.

Residents of the Middle Keys will be allowed to return Saturday morning, said Roman Gastesi, county administrator, during a Saturday morning conference call with other officials from various local, state and federal agencies. Residents below the Seven Mile Bridge will be able to return at daybreak Sunday morning.

Re-entry includes only residents and those involved in the recovery effort. The Keys are not open to tourists, or nearly ready. Officials warn living conditions will be primitive for at least the next few weeks or more. So, if you return, bring enough supplies, including food and fresh water, to last for a very long time.

More from Miami’s ABC affiliate:

For nearly a week after the Category 4 storm made landfall on Cudjoe Key, access beyond Mile Marker 74 was limited only to government employees, search-and-rescue personnel, some volunteers and credentialed journalists.

“There is a heavy law enforcement presence in that area to prevent looting and provide security,” Monroe County spokesperson Cammy Clark said.

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, Keys Energy Services and The Florida Keys Electric Coop reported making progress, but the majority of the area remained without power. There was a boil water order. And with FEMA reporting the majority of the buildings were damaged, many residents will find themselves homeless.

The U.S. Coast Guard was working with the U.S. Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Key West to open the shipping channel from the sea buoy to the Mole Pier. The reparations are essential to facilitate the movement of relief supplies.

“We know there will be many challenges ahead, especially for our hardest hit areas in the Lower Keys, but we want our residents and business owners to come back to rebuild their lives, their livelihoods and our economy,” Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi said. “We are prepared to restore the Keys back to the special paradise we love.”

And from USA Today:

Key West may bounce back faster. A USA TODAY reporter who reached Key West this week found much of the damage to the island鈥檚 important tourist infrastructure appeared to be cosmetic, or at least easily repaired, and most of the hotels on Key West appeared to have escaped virtually unscathed.

  • bkmn

    Amazing the bridges between the islands held up. I hope to take a drive up the keys some day, like I did 20 years ago in a convertible.

    • Lakeview Bob

      I was just thinking the same thing. Those bridges must have been well built.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        Well built, indeed!

    • Hank

      Having driven half a dozen times over those bridges, they are indeed well belt. They may be low lying for most part, but do hold up. My friend just moved his sail boat from Biscayne Bay off Miami to Marathon Key @ 6 months ago. We went sailing @ 2 weeks before the Hurricane showed up. He saw a NOAA pic, aerial view, that showed his boat was in place. How much damage is another question.

    • Gerry Fisher

      My husband had never done that, so we drove from Fort Lauderdale to the Keys approximately 5 years ago. He said, “It was beautiful, and I’m glad I did it. Never again (hate getting stuck behind a slow poke).” 馃檪

  • Paula

    I glad they will be allowed to go home. There looks to be a lot oof devastation, I feel bad for them.
    I want to know how a large chunk broke off that Southenmost Point marker.

    • Tomcat

      That is paint.

      • another_steve

        I assume that sand blown against a painted surface at hurricane speeds can do that.

        • Tomcat

          That and sandy water both would do that.

      • Paula

        You’re right. From that angle, it looks like the whole piece is missing.

    • Lakeview Bob

      And the Furor is happy even for the haters and losers.

      • another_steve

        Once again the media have set the bar so low for the sexual predator in the White House that they’re saying he had “a few good days” in relation to Irma.

        The mainstream media are, I suspect, concerned about the possibility of losing, of turning off, the deplorable 32 or 35 percent of Americans who still, unbelievably, support the Predator-in-Chief.

        After all, they purchase Cialis and reverse mortgages too.

        • Gerry Fisher

          “He wasn’t wildly embarrassing for a few days. Woo-HOO!” [heavy sigh]

          • another_steve

            “He shook hands! He hugged people!”

    • Bluto

      I want to know why it’s being guarded by ammosexuals.

    • fuzzybits

      And people were still out there snapping pics while the hurricane was happening.

  • Tomcat

    Just in time to do it all again.

  • Deviancy Behavir

    That in lies the big problem, going back, but you have to have enough supplies to last for weeks, maybe even a month. Doubtful most people would have enough money or space to bring in that much stuff. But it’s possible, especially since you need at least a gallon a day to survive off of. That means bathing, drinking, cooking and let’s hope the power is back on when you get there. And that’s not even talking about if there’s any damage to your property, could make for a terrible time cleaning up.

    • Tomcat

      I am sure supplies will be brought to them by FEMA or charity.

      • Tomcat

        Probably even set up portable food kitchens for them while they cleanup.

      • Deviancy Behavir

        Remember even when they bring in supplies they only last but so long. If they don’t have power and water running, then somebody is going to have to keep bringing that stuff in and that won’t be FEMA doing it. And that will only work for so long. The longer it takes to get things up and running the more money you have to expend. That’s the thing you think it won’t cost much, but it costs more. You can turn on a facet and get water to cook, bath or drink. But think about having to lug gallons upon gallons of water every few days to do the basic things you have to do. I’m not saying it’s not doable, but you have to think about the thousands of people who are in the same boat and how much that stretches resources, even when the government is helping out. And I’m not even talking about whatever damage these people have to their properties and remember something else it’s in the 90’s down there right now, they have no air conditioning or running drinkable water. I hope they’re being able to get up and running faster than they are in Texas.

    • bambinoitaliano

      One would need a full tank of gas in their cars to run between home and supplies every few days.

  • Daveed_WOW

    Why do fucking douchebags always pose with their guns?

    • Bluto

      Cuz their tiny peepees aren’t as impressive.

    • another_steve

      Part of their professional persona.

      I’m glad that cops in the U.S. carry guns. This country of ours would be uninhabitable if they didn’t.

    • Jerry Kott

      Because they don’t know the difference between Fear and Respect?

    • Sporkfighter

      You beat me to that comment. There’s gotta be something useful they could be doing but aren’t because of the damned guns.

      • Daveed_WOW

        I fucking hate how everything is militarized. And this compulsory patriotism is the main reason I’ve always been repelled by sports. Yech.

        • Sporkfighter
          • Daveed_WOW

            Tee Hee. I’m not really on board with looking down on sports fans. After all, I have my psychological weaknesses too. But LOL. Sometimes it feels good to condescend.

      • KarenAtFOH

        They could affix bayonets and commence with the tree branch trimmings.

    • greenmanTN

      Semi-related

      One day a little girl was with her creepy uncle and asked, “What is a phallic symbol?”

      “Let me show you,” he said, and pulled down his pants and underwear. “THIS is a phallic symbol!”

      “Oh, I get it! It’s like a penis, only smaller!”

      • Daveed_WOW

        Creepy Uncle played by James Woods.

  • DaddyRay

    That looks devastating but as others said it is nice to see the bridges made it.
    I hope everyone who has property down there a speedy recovery.

  • TrueWords
  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    o/t Urgh. Trump pats Ivanka’s butt and hugs her, but shakes his wife’s hand and ushers her off the stage like a dog.

    https://twitter.com/RobertMaguire_/status/909064570630819840

    • another_steve

      Preferable to him grabbing her pussy.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      This is actually making me feel slightly sympathetic toward Melania.

      STOP THAT SHIT!!!

      • JDS

        I feel no sympathy for Melanoma. Or Malaria as she is known as these days.

    • Dagoril

      Her prenup limits his personal touching to a certain predetermined quota. He has run out of everything except handshakes for the rest of the month.

  • DaddyRay

    Thanks Obama

    FEMA鈥檚 Hurricane Response Is Making Trump Look Good. Thanks, Obama.

    Trump can thank his predecessor, his predecessor鈥檚 pick to run the disaster agency, and the 鈥渄eep state.鈥
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-fema-obama_us_59b9b160e4b02da0e13f04f7?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

    • greenmanTN

      Figures.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I think it helped FEMA that tRump had not appointed a hack to lead that agency, yet. The career civil servants really came through.

  • Ninja0980

    It is going take time and money to repair the lower Keys, simple as that.
    Thank goodness most people heeded the warnings or we wouldn’t be talking about property damage, we’d be talking about loss of life.

  • I know that props are fun when you take pictures, but rifles are just a bit over the top in this contest, n’est-ce pas?

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Overpopulated

    • fuzzybits

      That and the whole world.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Making up for the half of the animal kingdom that has died off since 1970.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I still think between the hurricanes and the rise in sea level, a lot of Floridians are going to have to leave eventually.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Nice arms on the guy to the left.

    • pleasebereasonable1

      and those shoulders on the guy on the right….

  • Dagoril

    Clearly God loves the Gays better than the Heteros, since He keeps sparing us when He goes a-storm-murderin’. Maybe the rest of the Keys should import more gay people, for insurance. 馃槈

  • DaddyRay
  • Mickey Bitsko

    Good thing those cops brought their combat assault rifles or Irma could’ve been a lot less sociable.

    • DaddyRay

      They only had their assault riffles if Irma decided to come back

      • Mickey Bitsko

        That sort of thing happens quite often down in the Keys. So I’ve been told.

  • JCF

    Guess what, Carribean? Hurricane Maria is coming! :-0