All Residents and Business Owners are Encouraged to Attend
an Informational Open House
View Newly Released Preliminary Flood Maps

Six Open Houses January 27 to January 30, 2020 

 To ensure all Monroe County residents have the opportunity to review and discuss the newly released Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) with coastal mapping experts, FEMA Region IV is hosting six Public Flood Risk Open Houses throughout the county during the week of January 27, 2020.  

All residents, property owners and business owners in Monroe County and all municipalities within the county are encouraged to attend one of the Public Flood Risk Open Houses to learn about their flood risk, view the newly updated preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and find out how the information may impact their property.  

The preliminary FIRMs show local areas at risk of flooding, including required elevations for new construction or structures that are improved greater than 50 percent of their value, as well as boundaries of areas that are considered likely to experience wave activity in a storm that have different requirements for structural building. The maps, once effective, will also help determine flood insurance costs.   

At the Flood Risk Open Houses, attendees will receive one-on-one, property-specific support from engineers, insurance specialists, members of the mapping team, and representatives of the local jurisdiction. The specialists will be available to answer questions about flood insurance, engineering, and more. All Islamorada residents (home and business owners, renters, realtors, mortgage lenders, surveyors, and insurance agents) are encouraged to attend whichever Flood Risk Informational Open House is most convenient. Islamorada Floodplain Managers and the Floodplain Manager from the City of Layton will be on site to answer questions at the Open House at Founders Park in Islamorada.  

The Open Houses will take place at the six locations below. Residents do not need to attend the Open House in the jurisdiction where they own property. PLEASE ATTEND WHICHEVER OPEN HOUSE IS MOST CONVENIENT TO YOU.

Monday, January 27
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Key West City Hall
1300 White Street, Key West, FL 33040

Tuesday, January 28
9 a.m. to noon
Bernstein Park Community Room
6751 5th Street, Stock Island, FL 33040

Tuesday, January 28
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Big Pine Community Park Community Building
31009 Atlantis Drive, Big Pine Key, FL 33043

Wednesday, January 29
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Marathon City Hall
9805 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL, 33050 

Thursday, January 30
9 a.m. to noon
Founders Park Community Center
87000 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036 

Thursday, Jan. 30
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Murray Nelson Government Center
102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL  33037 

Appointments are not necessary; drop by anytime in the three-hour window. Those planning to attend should bring their elevation certificates, if possible.

By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance in areas at high risk of flooding typically covered by a separate flood insurance policy. Visit www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531 for more information about flood insurance and to locate a local agent.

Islamorada property owners may send questions to floodmanager@islamorada.fl.us.

Events and meetings are open to the public. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, all persons who are disabled and who need special accommodations to participate in an event or meeting because of that disability should contact the ADA Coordinator at ADA@islamorada.fl.us or 305-664-6448  at least 48 hours before the scheduled event or meeting.