Message from the Manager: Back to Normal
Now that Hurricane Irma is officially behind us, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide residents with a recap of our hurricane preparedness process and subsequent recovery efforts.
As the Village Emergency Manager, I am pleased to report that the hurricane planning process went smoothly. Days before the storm, we issued a state of emergency and issued evacuation orders. By Friday night before the storm we had relocated all public safety units off the Key so units could effectively monitor the hurricane and ride out the storm safely. If you did not receive emergency notifications by text or email from the Village, please take a moment to register for Village Emergency Alert Notifications at www.KeyBiscayne.FL.gov.
Once the storm passed, we began to assess the damage to our community and to work diligently to restore electricity to residents, shopping centers and schools as quickly as possible. Pike Electric brought in 35 different crews to work with us, which enabled us to restore as much power as possible in a very short period of time. Except for some small pockets, power was restored to most of the community within 5 days after the storm.
Although there was little construction damage and only minor flooding in certain areas, there was a large amount of plant, tree and branch debris scattered throughout the Key. Three days post-storm, we began working in conjunction with debris collection companies to start hauling away debris. In total, approximately 55,761 cubic yards of debris was removed. I want to thank the public for their patience and applaud our staff and contractors who worked nearly around the clock to get us back to a level of normalcy.
As you may have noticed, we have started laying down artificial turf on the Village Green. Although we were delayed a bit due to the storm, the south field is completed and the north field should be completed by the end of the year.
We would like to remind parents that the magnet school application process for all of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, including MAST Academy, is now open and will run through January 15, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year. Applications for magnet schools are available at www.YourChoiceMiami.org and Key Biscayne residents can apply online or mail in their application. Please refer to the website for more information.
Lastly, since we are in peak season and occupancy is higher than usual on the Key, I’d like to remind everyone to abide by our safety and traffic laws.
Wishing everyone a happy – and safe – holiday season.
John. C. Gilbert