Hurricane Irma Recovery Information

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Deadline June 1, 2018 –  Local business owners, let your voice be heard.  The International Economic Development Council is conducting an anonymous survey which is essential for obtaining the resources necessary to support local businesses recovering from Hurricane Irma.  You may complete the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/iedcfloridakeys. Paper surveys are available at Marathon’s City Hall at 9805 Overseas Highway, Marathon Florida.

Click HERE for news release.

 

 

Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys is providing Critical Home Repairs and Disaster Recovery Repairs to assist Irma-damaged homes for our island.  This program is for primary residents in the Middle Keys which are struggling to complete repairs.  There is an application process in order to qualify.  These imperative repairs require us to utilize volunteers. We need you.  We invite individuals and businesses/groups that want to put a team together for a good cause.   Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity is an amazing way to give back to our tight knit Middle Keys community. It takes an Island.  For more information visit www.HabitatMiddleKeys.org to apply for the repair program and to volunteer with us today.  Office Phone 305-743-9828

Hurricane Irma affected residential property owners that are considering elevating their existing home, rebuilding their damaged home or mitigating against further storm damage need to register their property through the Monroe County website.  The purpose of registering the property is to be included in a County-wide list so we are prepared when government funding programs become available.  It is anticipated that programs designed for residential properties will be forthcoming once the State of Florida has completed their Disaster Recovery Plan.

The County is applying for a grant program in August, 2018. The earliest the County will have funding to implement mitigation reconstruction projects (the County grant program) is early 2019.

Please refer to the link below to register:

http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/FormCenter/Voluntary-Interest-Survey-12/VOLUNTARY-INTEREST-SURVEY-54 

http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/726/Hurricane-Irma-Recovery

Those who continue to experience difficulties with housing and other basic needs are encouraged to go to the walk in center at Marathon Community Methodist Church (3010 Overseas Hwy) April 4th – April 18th.

Volunteers from World Renew will be available April 4th thru the 18th to help complete unmet needs assessments in order to bring necessary resources into our community.

It is important that anyone that is having difficulty with basic needs such as housing and food complete these assessments.  They will be used to determine what resources are needed within each community.

Click here For more information regarding Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts.

Irma Recovery Critical Home Repair – click here for more info on Habitat for Humanity Home Repair Program

Elevating Your Home:  What You Need to Know and Do, read on for the elevation rules and programs available to assist with construction costs.

As the focus turns toward long-term recovery from Hurricane Irma, survivors have many resources available from nonprofits and government agencies to assist with unmet needs. Twenty-six Long Term Recovery Groups across the state, supported by a wide variety of nonprofits and FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons, are helping Irma survivors connect with those resources. 

 

Continued Rental Assistance

  • FEMA will mail a letter or an application two weeks after the survivor initially received rental assistance. The letter will advise on how to contact FEMA to continue temporary rental assistance.
  • FEMA will evaluate the request for additional rental assistance to determine eligibility for an extension, but there is no guarantee of rental assistance after the first two months.

 

Understanding Determination Letters

  • Survivors who applied for disaster assistance after Hurricane Irma, should read the determination letter from FEMA carefully. It should explain any problems that can be corrected.
  • More information about eligibility and determination letters can be found on fema.gov, by searching questions about your determination letter.

Survivors Encouraged to Stay in Touch with FEMA

  • Survivors who registered for disaster assistance following Hurricane Irma should stay in touch with FEMA. Missing or outdated information, such as phone numbers or addresses, can delay help.
  • The easiest way for survivors to update an application, check the status or provide missing information is to create an account at gov or call the FEMA Helpline (800-621-3362) for voice or 711 VRS, or 800-662-7585 for TTY.

 

SBA, the Primary Source of Disaster Recovery Money for Floridians

  • Next to insurance, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the survivors’ primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property.
  • The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.
  • Information on the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339), email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visitsba.gov/disaster.
    Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Housing solutions active for Hurricane Irma survivors:

  • Rental Assistance: Helps eligible survivors find temporary shelter in a home or apartment for rent for up to two months. Rental assistance provided is deducted from any grant money applicants may receive.
  • Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program – Allows survivors to remain in their home instead of a hotel, rental or travel trailers while they rebuild. For a home to qualify for STEP, temporary work to make it safe, sanitary and functional cannot exceed $20,000. Monroe County is the only county participating in the program. Registration for this assistance ended Dec. 28, 2017.
    • Of the 318 applications collected, as of March 12, 182 were withdrawn or cancelled; 56 projects were under construction, and 79 projects have been completed.

Direct Housing Options

  • Direct Lease provides funds to place eligible disaster survivors into rental units. This program is used in circumstances where an applicant is unable to make use of FEMA’s Rental Assistance or other available Direct Housing programs to find adequate temporary housing. Available in Collier, Hendry, Lee and Monroe counties.
  • Travel Trailers are used when other solutions are not appropriate for a particular family’s circumstances. Travel trailers can be placed on a private lot or in a commercial park.

                             

What Substantial Damage Means to Florida Disaster Survivors

  • Substantial damage is a specific term that applies to a damaged structure in a Special Flood Hazard Area – or floodplain – for which the total cost of repairs is 50 percent or more of the structure’s market value before the disaster occurred.
  • The decision about a structure being substantially damaged is made at a local government level, generally by a building official or floodplain manager.
  • Once a determination on the percentage of damage is made, local officials then share that information with the property owners if their structure is substantially damaged.
    If a building in a floodplain is determined to be substantially damaged, it must be brought into compliance with local floodplain management regulations.

 

Before Making Major Repairs, Check with Your Local Building Department

  • All property owners should check with local building officials to determine if permits for repair are required before beginning the work. Depending on local codes and ordinances, there can be consequences for not complying with the permitting process.

 

Other Sources of Assistance

  • Survivors with unmet needs may call 2-1-1.

 

Volunteering and Donations

 

Legal Services – Florida Bar Association

  • Free legal assistance is available to low-income Florida disaster survivors. Call 866-550-2929 or visit floridalegal.org/irma/.

 

 

Survivors Cautioned to Beware of Fraud and Scams

  • Survivors can report suspicious activity or disaster fraud by contacting DHS OIG at 800-323-8603, TTY 844-889-4357.
  • Survivors can also report fraudulent activity to the state to the following hotlines: Attorney General’s Price Gouging Hotline 866-966-7226, Unlicensed Activity Hotline (DBPR): 866-532-1440 (inside Florida) or 850-488-6603 (outside Florida).

 

FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program in Florida

 

Coco Plum Beach is fully open and has been cleared of debris.  Sombrero Beach is mostly open, excluding the park area.

 

ANY DUMPING IS ILLEGAL DUMPING –

The City has completed the Hurricane Irma Debris Removal from the City right of ways.  Anyone caught discarding or disposing of debris as of November 28th in any right of way within the City limits of Marathon or along US1 will be prosecuted in accordance with FS403.413.

The City has been collecting hurricane debris from the right of ways since September 15th and has now completed their pickup of approximately 350,000 cubic yards of debris.  US 1 is being completed by FDOT and as of November 28th, any further dumping along US1 will be considered illegal as well.

Please help keep our City clean by notifying Monroe County Sheriff’s Office of any illegal dumping at 305-289-2430 or 305-289-2351.

Sombrero Beach is partially open on the Western end.  The City is working to open the remainder of the beach as soon as possible, excluding the park area which will remain closed while repairs are completed.

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

The building department is open from 8 am until 3 pm to accept permit applications.   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