OCTOBER 16, 2017 HURRICANE IRMA RECOVERY UPDATES: FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at Fire Station 20 8am-8pm daily

Updated Monday, October 16, 2017, updated information provided in red font:

FEMA  is hiring Florida residents to support Huricane Irma recovery operations. Positions needed and job descriptions are listed and updated at careers.fema.gov/hurricane-workforce.  Residents of Florida who wish to apply should email their resumes to FEMA-Workforce-FL@fema.dhs.gov. Applicants should include the word "Florida" and the name of the job they wish to be considered for in the subject line. A preferred contact method is requested; applicants may be contacted via email, phone, or mail regarding the interview, hiring and
selection process.


Islamorada briefs:

  • The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is open at Islamorada Fire Station 20 from 8AM to 8PM daily. The site is provided by FEMA to assist residents with personal and business-related needs. Fire Station 20 is located at 81850 Overseas Highway, across from the Hurricane Monument on Upper Matecumbe Key.
  • Permitting workshop recording available:  The recording of the Workshop to address Construction, Zoning and Permitting requirements for emergency repairs and storm damage to Islamorada properties was held Friday, September 29th. View the 1-hour meeting for information from staff and questions answered for the public on the archived meetings page. It will also be rebroadcast on the Comcast government channel.
  • Regular solid waste services have fully resumed including garbage, recycling and yard waste in containers. Continue to place hurricane debris in separated piles as directed, but up to six trash cans of leaves or small vegetative debris may also be placed curbside. Please see separate news release for full details.
  • Debris removal from Islamorada properties began September 16th and is ongoing. Most areas have had a first pickup of debris. Please see the separate Hurricane Debris removal news release for complete information about piling your debris. THE FINAL DEBRIS PICKUP FOR ALL OF PLANTATION KEY IS MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017.
  • Founders Park reopened on a limited basis - Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm beginning Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Only the aquatic center, fitness park, tennis courts and basketball courts will be open to the public during those hours. Otherwise, Founders Park and the PYH Marina remain closed to the public. See the flyer. See list of other parks open in Islamorada below.
  • The boat ramp at Founders Park is open to Islamorada Fishing Guide Captains from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. seven days per week. No ramp fees will be charged. Proof of Islamorda residency and additional documentation required. See the flyer.
  • No open burning allowed in Islamorada or Monroe County. Debris will be collected - DO NOT BURN DEBRIS.

Electric, water and sewer services are restored. If you do not have any of these services to your property, please contact the appropriate utility company.

  • FKEC (Tavernier office) 305-853-5381
  • FKAA (Key West office) 305-296-2454
  • Islamorada Sewer Emergency 305-359-0813


The Florida Park Service is reopeing State Parks as conditions allow. Visit keysrecovery.org/parks-updates/ for the current list state and county parks that have reopened.

Anne's Beach in Islamorada will remain closed until further notice.

Parks in the Village OPEN to the public are:

  • Plantation Tropical Preserve (MM 90 bayside).
  • Library Beach Park (MM 81.5 bayside)
  • Green Turtle Hammock Preserve (MM 81.2 bayside)
  • Key Tree Cactus Preserve (MM 80.5 bayside)
  • Southwinds Park (MM 82.1 oceanside between U.S. 1 and the Old Highway)

    Full reopening of Founders Park and the Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina is being planned for December 2017. 

Charitable contributions:
If you wish to support relief efforts, please donate to your favorite charity or visit www.keysrecovery.org to find a list of charities. 

The First Baptist Church of Islamorada located at 81201 Overseas Highway continues to distribute relief supplies Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday form 10am-noon and serve dinner Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 6pm. THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH WELCOMES VOLUNTEERS TO HELP! Please call 305-664-4910 or stop by during the hours above.

Citizens Insurance Customers

Citizens Insurance Catastrophe Relief Center is no longer staged in Key Largo. Citizens Insurance customers with wind/storm damage may call the claims hotline 24/7 at 866-411-2742.  

FEMA Individual Assistance Programs:
IN ADDITION TO THE FEMA ASSISTANCE SITE LOCATED AT ISLAMORADA FIRE STATION 20 and locations in the lower keys, people may begin a claim by visiting disasterassistance.gov. FEMA smartphone app can be found at https://fema.gov

Free Legal Counsel for Post-Irma Issues:
Florida Keys residents needing legal assistance to navigate FEMA applications and insurance issues following Hurricane Irma can obtain free help from the Monroe County Bar Association. For assistance, send an email with name, address and phone information to admin@monroecountybar.net.

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans (for homeowners, renters and businesses):
The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. Applicants are encouraged to apply online for a disaster loan. You can also call 800-659-2955, if you do not have access to a computer.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA):
DUA is to provide Reemployment Assistance (RA) benefits and reemployment services to individuals who have become unemployed as a result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular state Reemployment Assistance benefits. Visit http://floridajobs.org

Visit www.keysrecovery.orga site Monroe County dedicated solely to the Hurricane Irma Recovery Effort. 

Posted by:
Public Information Officer
Mary Swaney