Resilience on Land and Sea

It's Been a Long Time

It's been ages since the Florida Keys had to face a significant hurricane threat. Tropical disturbances, tropical storms, and gale force winds are situations we deal with in our sleep. Wilma, is a distant memory for most; the 2005  hurricane inundated our islands with an unbelievable storm surge as she ripped along our island chain.

Irma caught our attention, and reminded us all that we live pretty dang close to sea level and that we better love it because the sea will win every . . . single. . . time. 

We love it. This is why we stay. This is why we clean up. This is why we clear the debris, carry on, and get on with our lives so we can get back to what we love and back to why we live here.

The Florida Keys are Open for Business

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The Florida Keys are open for business! Okay, the entire Florida Keys is not open, but the press is good. Governor Rick Scott traveled to Key West this week, to make the announcement because he cares about our community (and realizes that the Florida Keys is an economic driver that feeds the state's coffers).

The Florida Bay is resilient, and with continued careful monitoring and legislative vigilance, has the opportunity to recover, reports the Miami Herald, after a Florida Bay trip with Dr. Steve Davis and Captain Steve Friedman.

The Everglades National Park reopened Flamingo, with limited services and limited access but the move back to normalcy is welcome.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is in the house - and promising to deliver on Herbert Hoover dike repairs and Everglades Restoration. His commitment to "Restoration" seems a bit vague, we are hopeful that his presence is an indicator of good things to come. 

Meanwhile, wet and rainy weather persist post Irma, making clean up and water management a predictable challenge. 

Lake Okeechobee is at its highest level since 2005, and you know what this means. Water from the Lake is being dumped in massive quantity  into the coastal estuaries.

Our lives have been disrupted by Irma, but our issues persist.