Hurricane Irma Recovery Information

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Click here For more information regarding Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts

Click Here for FEMA news release regarding continued temporary rental assistance.

The City Council has approved an extension to the waiver of Hurricane Irma damage-related permit fees until December 1st.  Contractors seeking permits must be licensed in Florida and registered with the City of Marathon.

The following work does not require a building permit:

  • Removal of debris from on or in a structure.
  • Minor demolition to prevent injury or further damage to buildings.
  • Repair or replacement of gutters.
  • Roof covering replacement of 3 squares (300 sq. feet).
  • Fence repair or replacement (like for like replacement of an existing fence previously permitted). Residents with swimming pools are being advised that a safety barrier surrounding their pool must be replaced or repaired as soon as possible. Swimming pools without safety barriers pose a life safety threat, even if the pool is empty.
  • Minor non-structural repairs made to the exterior.
  • Repair of minor water leaks that do not involve structural.

The building department is open from 8 am until 4:30 pm to accept permits.   Within the time period for waived permit fees, a Florida licensed Contractor may perform emergency Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing repairs onsite and submit a permit application within 24 hours of completing the repairs per the Florida Building Code. To help expedite the permit process, detailed photos showing all damages to be repaired should be submitted with the completed permit application.

Information Sheet regarding repairs to docks, boatlifts, bulkheads, from DEP click here

The City has repaired or replaced most of the broken candy canes from Hurricane Irma.  If your candy cane is still broken or recently broken please call 305-289-5005. As of December 1st, any candy canes that are not reported to the city will be the responsibility of the homeowner.

FINAL DEBRIS PICKUP WILL BEGIN NOVEMBER 10TH – THE THIRD AND FINAL DEBRIS PICKUP PASS IN MARATHON WILL BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 10th WITH MULTIPLE CREWS ASSISTING.   THE CITY WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DEBRIS PLACED OUT AFTER THAT TIME.  ANY REMAINING DEBRIS REMOVAL WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PROPERTY OWNER, AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO CODE VIOLATIONS.

Debris removal shall be limited to debris related to Hurricane Irma. This last pickup is expected to be complete by the week of November 20th. Please keep the following in mind:

DEBRIS IN PLASTIC BAGS MUST ONLY BE IN CLEAR PLASTIC BAGS, OR IT WILL NOT BE PICKED UP. Debris materials must be separated.

To date FDOT has been responsible for all US1 debris pick up. We are waiting to hear when their next pickup will be and we will do our best to get that information out as soon as we receive it.

The City contractors and staff are putting forth their best efforts to recover as quickly as possible and make our City beautiful. If you should notice illegal dumping, please call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 305-289-2430 or 305-289-2351.

DO NOT leave debris near your candy cane, sewer vent, over water meters, wastewater cleanouts, hydrants, other utilities, or overhead powerlines.  Also keep debris away from mailboxes, fences, vehicles, etc. as much as possible, while not blocking access to dumpsters.

Successfully Moving Your Application Forward Using the FEMA Website, Helpline or Disaster Recovery Centers

 Whether you are just getting started or need help making changes on your FEMA registration, there are three ways to get assistance: the DisasterAssistance.gov website, the FEMA Helpline, and Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). No matter which option you choose, each offers what you need to keep your application process moving forward.

Using DisasterAssistance.gov

The website has comprehensive answers to questions, provides ways for you to apply, update or make changes to your application, and offers links to resources that support your recovery. When using the DisasterAssistance.gov website you can:

Find directions for creating an account or directions for making changes www.DisasterAssistance.gov/CreateAccount

  • Upload documents to support your application such as insurance information, household income and a description of your losses caused by the disaster
  • Search for disaster assistance by category or federal agency:
    • On the Home Page, click the Get Assistance tab to see a list of help that may be available based on your answers
    • Under the Get Assistance tab, there is a list of categories that may be more specific to your needs such as housing, insurance, legal counsel, living assistance, Social Security, and disability assistance
    • Also under the Get Assistance tab, there is a list of additional federal agencies that offer disaster assistance like the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), USDA, HUD, the Social Security Administration, and the VA
  • Check the status of your application and get updates by text or email
  • Look up answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) www.DisasterAssistance.gov/help/FAQs
  • Search links to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and other partners
  • Locate resources and services in and around your community www.DisasterAssistance.gov/get-assistance/other-recovery-help

Calling the FEMA Helpline

The Helpline is a good resource if you don’t have access to a computer, tablet or smart phone or need some extra help. Tips before calling:

  • To minimize wait times, call during the early morning or late evening hours
  • If you have additional questions after registering, you will need to have your nine-digit registration ID number, and the four-digit disaster number, which are printed on any correspondence you received from FEMA. It may also be accessed on the website if you set up an account

When using the FEMA Helpline you can:

  • Get help with applying for assistance whether you are an individual or small business owner
  • Ask for a list of documents needed to move your application forward
  • Receive information on your account status
  • Get help with appeals or check on appeals decisions
  • Receive information about housing programs and grants
  • Find out if you’re eligible for additional referrals
  • Be referred to our federal partners:

FEMA Helpline: 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS). If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. Information on the registration process is available in ASL at: fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/videos/111546

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center  

If you need in-person support, DRCs are accessible meeting places set up throughout the State of Florida, offering help to individuals and small business owners. When visiting a DRC you can:

  • Get in-person help with your application needs
  • Check on the status of your application
  • Ask questions about your case or seek guidance on other disaster related issues
  • Find services offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State of Florida and voluntary organizations. Services offered at DRCs may vary.
  • To find a DRC near you, use the DRC Locator for addresses, hours of operation, services offered, and driving directions

 If You Still Need to Register:

The easiest way to get started is to go to DisasterAssistance.gov where you can:

If you choose to call the FEMA Helpline to get your application started, you’ll need to provide a telephone number where you can be reached, your Social Security number, an address where you can receive mail, and your insurance information.

For more recovery information, visit www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL, or follow us @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and on FEMA’s Facebook page.

There will be three informational public hearings regarding FEMA’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program known as STEP.

STEP is a rapid repair program which enables individuals or families whose homes were damaged due to Hurricane Irma to take shelter in their own homes while they rebuild. This includes a functional kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area and air-conditioning for this livable area of the home. The meetings will run from 6-8 pm at the following dates and locations:
Monday November 6th at the Marathon Government Center BOCC Chambers, 2798 Overseas Hwy. in Marathon

Tuesday, November 7th at Keys Community Church, 30300 Overseas Hwy. in Big Pine Key

Wednesday, November 8th at Sugarloaf School, 225 Crane Blvd. in Sugarloaf Key.
Click here for more information on the STEP Program

 

FINAL DEBRIS PICKUP WILL BEGIN NOVEMBER 10TH – THE THIRD AND FINAL DEBRIS PICKUP PASS IN MARATHON WILL BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 10th WITH MULTIPLE CREWS ASSISTING.   THE CITY WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DEBRIS PLACED OUT AFTER THAT TIME.  ANY REMAINING DEBRIS REMOVAL WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PROPERTY OWNER, AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO CODE VIOLATIONS.

Debris removal shall be limited to debris related to Hurricane Irma. This last pickup is expected to be complete by the week of November 20th. Please keep the following in mind:

DEBRIS IN PLASTIC BAGS MUST ONLY BE IN CLEAR PLASTIC BAGS, OR IT WILL NOT BE PICKED UP. Debris materials must be separated.

To date FDOT has been responsible for all US1 debris pick up. We are waiting to hear when their next pickup will be and we will do our best to get that information out as soon as we receive it.

The City contractors and staff are putting forth their best efforts to recover as quickly as possible and make our City beautiful. If you should notice illegal dumping, please call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 305-289-2430 or 305-289-2351.

DO NOT leave debris near your candy cane, sewer vent, over water meters, wastewater cleanouts, hydrants, other utilities, or overhead powerlines.  Also keep debris away from mailboxes, fences, vehicles, etc. as much as possible, while not blocking access to dumpsters.

WASTEWATER – The City Council recently authorized a 50% percent credit on the September wastewater flow charge.  This credit will be based on the usage from September 2016, and will be credited on a future bill, most likely November.  There is nothing for the customer to do to receive the credit; it will be automatic.

Utility crews are going through the neighborhoods looking for damaged candy canes and  making repairs.  Do not remove your candy cane vent if it is damaged. This will aid crews in locating the pipe and restoring your sewer faster.  If your candy cane is broken  and the pipe is missing, you can also email utilities@ci.marathon.fl.us with your address and approximate location of the candy cane. UPDATE 11/15/17 – as of today, the City has repaired or replaced all broken or missing candy canes.  Any future repairs will be the responsibility of the homeowner.  Call 305-517-6764 for wastewater emergencies.

The City’s wastewater system is 100% operational.  For Wastewater Emergencies, Please call 305-517-6764. 

City of Marathon – Recovery Update

CITY OPERATIONS City Hall has resumed normal operations.  Permit applications are accepted daily from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm daily.   Jesse Hobbs Park on 41st Street is open daily from 7 am until 6 pm.   Community Park is open (baseball field, tennis courts, softball, playground, basketball, and Skate Park) open 8 am – 10 pm. Rotary Park is open; both Children’s and Dog parks, and we have begun cleaning and restoring Sombrero Beach and Coco Plum Beach.  We are doing our best to open the beaches as soon as possible for our residents and visitors. The City Hall main line is 305-743-0033; Facebook cityofmarathon,florida Twitter @marathoncityfl

VEGETATIVE DEBRIS REDUCTION VIA AIR CURTAIN BURNING –The City began burning vegetative debris on the golf course property via “Air Curtain” burning. This will reduce the volume of the debris by 97%, therefore we will realize a tremendous cost savings. The Department of Environmental Protection and Forestry Fire Service have approved this reduction method which meets all air quality standards.

By burning via air curtain, a process designed for metropolitan and suburban use, we will save landfill space. Where we are burning on this golf course property we exceed the setback requirements by double (600 ft. vs. 300 ft). This process burns extremely hot, 1000 degrees Celsius, with virtually no smoke.

Please click on the links below for additional information.

Ineligibility Due to Insurance Coverage May Not Be the Last Word on Assistance

SBA CLOSING BUSINESS RECOVERY CENTER IN MARATHON AS OF SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH AT 6 PM.  BIG PINE RECOVERY CENTER OPEN.

FEMA Letter Says You Are Ineligible for Disaster Assistance? That May Not Be the Last Word]

FEMA HOUSING OPTIONS

FEMA DIRECT HOUSING OPTION

FEMA ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR VEHICLES DAMAGED

CONTINUED RENTAL ASSISTANCE

DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER IN MARATHON IS RELOCATING

FEMA RENTAL ASSISTANCE OF 300% FAIR MARKET RATE FOR DISASTER SURVIVORS

STAY IN TOUCH WITH FEMA