Dienstag, 12 Dezember 2017
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Disaster Recovery Status

Florida Keys Temporarily Closed to Visitors as Infrastructure Evaluation and Repairs Are Underway

In the wake of Hurricane Irma’s impact on the Florida Keys, infrastructure repairs and restoration efforts are underway, according to Keys officials.

While residents and business owners were permitted back into the Upper Keys on Tuesday, visitors have been asked to postpone any near-term plans to vacation in the island chain.

Some areas of the Keys are likely to be ready to accommodate visitors before others. An exact reopening date for all regions is not yet known, but Key West city officials expect their island will open by Fantasy Fest, the annual costume and masking festival that is set to start Friday, Oct. 20.

Both Keys airports’ runways are available for aircraft, but commercial service to Key West International Airport has been suspended until electricity and water have been restored. Charter and general aviation at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport are suspended until further notice. The airports are being used as incoming staging areas for relief supplies and personnel.

Travelers who had near-term reservations should contact their airlines and hotels to change plans.

Some regions of the Keys were impacted more than others and damage at Keys accommodations’ facilities varies from no impacts, except for landscaping, to severe damage because of storm surge. Assessments are still being executed, but it is believed that most tourism facilities will return to operations soon after the restoration of power, water and communications.

The Florida Department of Transportation has inspected all spans on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway and deemed them safe. A few locations of the highway are being repaired due to storm surge and those repairs should be completed quickly.

The Upper Florida Keys between Key Largo and mile marker 74 are currently under a 10 p.m. to dawn curfew. Remaining areas of the Keys continue to observe a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

As more details become available, they are to be posted on fla-keys.com as well as monroecountyem.com and the Monroe County Website at monroecounty-fl.gov.

A dedicated informational website has been established at KeysRecovery.org

Facebook: facebook.com/KeysRecovery
Twitter: #keysrecovery

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Greater Miami and the Beaches are Open and Welcoming Travelers

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) announces that Miami and the Beaches is open for business and welcoming visitors. A live look at Greater Miami and the Beaches is available at link here: www.MiamiandBeachesWebcams.com. While the destination’s tourism industry comes back online, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s thoughts and prayers are with the Florida Keys, Caribbean and Florida’s West Coast.

Hotels: Nearly all hotels in the destination suffered minimal to zero damage and many are extending special rates in the wake of the storm. Please check with individual hotel properties for more information on these offers.
Miami International Airport is fully re-opened and airlines have resumed most of their normal scheduling. Travelers should check with their carriers for the most up-to-date information on flight itineraries.
PortMiami operations are back to normal. Cruise passengers should contact their cruise lines directly for the latest information on cruise itineraries.
Visitor Centers: 21 out of 22 Visitor Centers are currently open. A complete list of visitor centers is available on the GMCVB website.
The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), already undergoing an extensive $615-million renovation, experienced no exterior damage. The MBCC team is assessing the site to determine to what extent, if any, the MBCC sustained damage.
Restaurants: The majority of restaurants are open and welcoming guests. Several restaurants are extending special rates in the wake of the storm. Please check with individual restaurants for more information. Many restaurants in the Miami Spice Restaurant promotion have extended their Miami Spice offers through October 31, 2017
Attractions: Visitors and locals are already enjoying the destination’s many assets, including pristine beaches. A few of Miami’s attractions were impacted by Hurricane Irma. Please check with individual attractions for an update on their status.

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is committed to the safety and well-being of all its visitors. The GMCVB remains in constant contact with city officials to provide both current and potential visitors to the Greater Miami area with the most recent and accurate information.

For the most current updates regarding developing travel conditions, visit www.miamiandbeaches.com/travel-weather-advisory and follow the GMCVB on Twitter at @MiamiandBeaches.

www.miamiandbeaches.com

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Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Tourism Industry Rebounds After Hurricane Irma

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to advise the destination is no longer under any weather watches, warnings or advisories following Hurricane Irma. The Florida east coast destination fared well as the storm moved away from the area in a more southwesterly direction on Sunday, September 10, and winds began to lessen. Weather conditions are currently good and cleanup efforts are underway, with some businesses and residents still without power.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades resumed operations after a 2 day closure. Four cruise ships that were delayed due to the storm are scheduled to return to Port Everglades this week. The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is fully operational.

Many of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s hotels remained open during the storm providing shelter and accommodations to visitors and residents. Hotels along the area’s coast line have reported no damage and are in the process of reopening by the end of this weekend as power is restored, per Florida Power & Light.

“We are blessed for sure,” said Stacy Ritter, President/CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The storm was bigger than ever imagined and very concerning for our visitors and 1.9 million residents. Broward County was well prepared with emergency services, and cleanup activities are taking place throughout the area. The high-code standards of our many new buildings showed that good construction pays off. We expect to be back to normal operations and welcoming vacationers and scheduled meetings and conference attendees shortly.”

www.sunny.org

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