UPDATE MAY 25, 2020 3:00 PM: CASE COUNT AND STATUS OF MEASURES TO ADDRESS CORONAVIRUS.

 Contact
Public Information Officer Mary Swaney
mary.swaney@islamorada.fl.us
305-664-6411
 
Summary of Important Actions Addressing Coronavirus
Updated May 25, 2020 3:00 PM

MONROE COUNTY CASE COUNT AND STATUS
107 positive cases
in Monroe County. The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is reporting 107 total cases since the beginning of coronavirus reporting - 97 residents and 10 non-residents. Of the 107 cases, 23 are travel-related, 78 are community aquired and 6 are under investigation
.

Key West - 41
Key Largo - 18
Tavernier - 22
Islamorada -2
Marathon - 5
Key Colony Beach - 1

Summerland Key - 3
Cudjoe Key - 1
Sugaraloaf Key - 1
Non-residents - 10
Missing City - 3

Four (4) COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in Monroe County.
Updates are provided at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov and the surveilance dashboard. Testing continues throughout the county.


MONROE COUNTY PREPARES FOR LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS TO REOPEN
AND REMOVAL OF CHECKPOINTS JUNE 1
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Ron Levy Aquatic Center to Open for Aquatic Fitness Activities Monday, May 18, 2020
Park Office to open for Limited Business Activities
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Salons, Barbershops and Cosmetology Specialty Salons May Reopen Monday May 11, with Restrictions
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Phased Relaxing of Protective Measures Began May 4, 2020
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FIND ECONOMIC RESOURCES on on our website at https://www.islamorada.fl.us/residents/coronavirus_economic_crisis_resources.php.

SAFER AT HOME
Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure or liver disease) are encouraged to continue to stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Notice to locals:
If you see people gathering in large groups, do not call 911 to report the activity.
Such reports should be made to a non-emergency Sheriff’s Office phone line. For Islamorada, the non-emergency Sheriff’s Office number is 305-853-3211.

Let's all work together to keep the virus from spreading in the Florida Keys. Please go out only for essentials, like food and medicine or to exercise or walk the dog. When you do go out, stay six feet away from other people, wash your hands, use hand sanitizer and wipe surfaces.
 
ONGOING
The Florida Keys remain closed to tourists and visitors through the end of May.
Announced Thursday, March 19, Monroe County is closed to all tourists and leisure visitors, lodging establishment are no longer accepting reservations until further notice.  Lodging establishments include all hotels, vacation rentals, and other transient rentals like marinas, RV parks, and time shares. The ban does not include rentals for military, first responders, health care workers, and construction workers actively engaged in projects in Monroe County.

Lodging Update May 8, 2020:
Lodging establishments may now accept reservation contingent upon the state of emergency being lifted. Read more about lodging establishment conditional reservations.

Checkpoints into the Keys. Southbound traffic stops at mile marker 112.5 on US 1 and on Card Sound Road to restrict access to the Florida Keys and to reinforce the island chain’s closure to visitors and non-residents began operations early Friday, March 27 and will remain in place through the end of May. Only residents, property owners, and those actively involved in work in the Florida Keys will be admitted. Fuel tankers, delivery trucks and grocery trucks will be admitted. There may be delays at the checkpoints. Please see the checkpoint news item for list of documentation necessary for entry into the Keys. 

Those actively engaged in work in the Florida Keys, such as construction workers, will need to show a letter from their employer, employee identification, a paystub, or current construction contract in the Keys. First responders, healthcare workers and military actively engaged in work in the Keys will need proper IDs.

Residents will need local ID at the checkpoints. In response to issues with non-residents having real reentry stickers and counterfeit stickers, the reentry stickers alone will no longer be adequate to get through the checkpoint. Please see checkpoint news item for the list of documentation that may be provided to prove residency.

Residential sticker distribution is suspended. Deputies are seizing illegal and counterfeit stickers.

Although residents are allowed to travel outside of the Keys, please limit travel to those trips that are absolutely necessary, such as medical appointments. We all need to do our part to limit the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19.

Reporting violations of short-term rentals: To report vacation rentals who have not complied with the emergency directive regarding short term rentals, please call the Tax Collector’s Transient Rental Hotline at 855-422-4540A procedure is in place to address non-compliance of the closure to tourists throughout Monroe County.  

ISLAMORADA INFORMATION 
 
Village Offices
The Islamorada Administrative Center is closed to the public until further notice. The closure will continue to be reevaluated. Most Administrative Center employees are working remotely from home. Most staff is working from home utilizing phone calls, conference calls and email correspondence to maintain services. Please visit the Village Staff Directory to find the phone number or email you need.

Village inspectors will perfom ALL inspections beginning Monday, May 18, 2020. Please see the  Memorandum from the Building Official for updated information regarding inspections, permit issuance, resubmittals, new submittals and payments during the office closure .
 
Customers are strongly encouraged to use the CityView Portal for Building Permits, Planning Applications, Code Compliance, contractor registration and renewal and making payments. NEW BUILDING PERMIT WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED THROUGH CITYVIEW.
 

Parks and Outdoor Recreation Areas:
Effective Monday May 4th, 2020, the Village will be partially re-opening Founders Park and the Founders Park Beach TO ISLAMORADA RESIDENTS ONLY. Residents must show a Driver’s License with an address in the Village or a Founders Park Resident ID Card. No alternative forms of identification will be accepted. Residents without one of those IDs will have to wait to use the park until it opens to the general public.

The Aquatic Center and Founders Park Office LIMITED OPENING beginning May 18, 2020. Read full News Item

The Park and Beach at Founders Park will be open from sunrise to sunset for Individual and family passive and limited activities use only – as permitted by and following current CDC and State Health Department guidelines. 

No groups of more than ten (10) are allowed and a maximum of twenty-five(25) users will be allowed on the Beach at any time. Beach activities for individual and family use such as sunbathing, swimming including- wading and floating, kayaking, etc.  All users must practice and maintain social distancing (6 feet separation).

Additionally, the following are open with specific restrictions:  

  • Trails: Open for walking, hiking, jogging, and cycling: Users must warn others of their presence and step aside to let others pass.
  • Athletic & Baseball Fields: No organized games.
  • Tennis Courts: Singles play only.  No more than 10 users in waiting area.
  • Pickleball Courts: Singles play only.  No more than 10 users in waiting area.
  • Basketball Court: Individual play only. No games or contact. Must have your own equipment, no shared use.
  • Dog Park: Will be regulated to no more than 10 visitors at a time. This will be strictly enforced by park staff. People must maintain 6 feet physical distance.
  • Fitness Park: Remains CLOSED.
  • Golf Driving Cage: No more than two (2) users at a time.
  • Playgrounds: Remain CLOSED.
  • Picnic Areas, Tikis, and Pavilion: Individual use only. Remain CLOSED for group use. Grills not available for use.
  • Restroom Facilities (Beach, Tennis Courts, and Community Center): No more than two (2) occupants at a time. Restrooms will be cleaned frequently.

Also open: Anne's Beach and the boat ramp at Indian Key Fill are now open to the public.

Remaining closed:
Library Park Beach and the area known as the Fills from MM 77.5 to 79.8 remain closed to the public.

Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina fuel docks are closed to all but marina residents. No new vessels will be admitted to the marina. The boat ramp opens to Islamorada residents onlybeginning Monday, April 20, 2020. The ramp will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily (7 days per week). No sales of fuel or ice.

To limit the impact on the community, the ramp is open to ISLAMORADA RESIDENTS ONLY that can prove residency with a Driver’s License with an address within the incorporated limits of the Village or a Founders Park Resident Membership Card that was previously obtained at the Parks and Recreation Office. New Resident Membership Cards cannot be obtained while the park office is closed.

Marina staff will be on site to check for those forms of identification, to be shown through the driver's side window, and only those two forms of identification will be accepted. Any homeowner that does not have one of the two necessary forms of identification will need to wait to use the boat ramp until it opens to the general public.

MORE MONROE COUNTY INFORMATION 
County Offices
In an effort to maintain public safety due to the threat of coronavirus, all Monroe County offices will be closed to the public effective at 5 p.m. today. The closures will be in effect until April 6 and will be reviewed continually. All essential services, like solid waste, social services, animal control, and emergency management, will continue to operate. The County is encouraging those in the community who can work from home to do so, especially if they are considered a part of the vulnerable population.

County Parks
County continued to keep its county-owned parks and beaches open. County officials see it as a space where residents can practice social distancing that is productive for mental and physical health. There were no issues at the parks and beaches reported. Users must follow the directive of the State that says all congregating must be done in small groups of less than 10 people. Law enforcement is doing regular patrolling of all areas. County-owned playgrounds are being sanitized twice daily until further notice.

Fishing Bridges: Florida Keys Fishing Bridges are now OPEN to fishing.

Boat Ramps: ALL Monroe County public boat ramps are closed to visitors. Residents may use the ramps. Reminder: the boat ramp at the Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina at Founders park is closed.

Reentry Sticker:  No new resident reentry sticker will be distributed.

State Parks in the Florida Keys:  State Parks are OPEN in the Florida Keys. Some amenities and services may be limited.

Recreational Vessels: Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board. 

Stay up to date with the actions and recommendations on the following sites:
Monroe County COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page
Florida Department of Health. Email COVID-19@flhealth.gov or call the 24/7 hotline: 866-779-6121
CDC information

Islamorda Contact:
Public Information Officer Mary Swaney