Travel The Florida Keys is Closed (for Now)

22:13  13 september  2017
22:13  13 september  2017 Source:   TravelPulse

Disney World Closes for Just the Sixth Time Ever Due to Hurricane Irma

  Disney World Closes for Just the Sixth Time Ever Due to Hurricane Irma Disney Co.'s Walt Disney World resort in Orlando closed Sunday and remained closed Monday due to Hurricane Irma, just the sixth time in the resort's 45 year history that it closed. Severe weather from Hurricane Matthew last year also forced the theme park to shut down temporarily in October.

Florida Keys , FL , including the islands of Key West, Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon Key and Big Pine Key offers the perfect mix of family beach fun and peaceful For years, presidents relaxed and restored body and mind here while dealing with war threats. The site is now a living history museum.

All Monroe county Schools are closed until further notice. Officials in the Florida Keys are set to begin mandatory evacuations for visitors on Wednesday morning ahead of rapidly approaching Hurricane Irma. The storm, which has undergone rapid intensification in the past several days is now the

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Following the path of destruction left behind by Hurricane Irma, officials in the Florida Keys announced the area is closed.

Residents and business owners started to return to the Keys Tuesday, but officials are asking tourists to avoid any plans for vacations in the island chain until infrastructure evaluations and restoration efforts are handled and authorities give the all-clear to return.

While some areas were hit harder than others, Key West city officials already announced it expects to reopen to the public before the start of the Fantasy Fest, an annual costume festival set to start October 20.

Florida Keys Are Closed to Tourists

  Florida Keys Are Closed to Tourists The area was hit hard by Hurricane Irma.Video provided by Wochit News

Most of the snorkeling is focused on the areas close to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Snorkeling Florida Keys - Middle Keys - Islamorada, Marathon and Big Pine. And now , the best for last.

Tourism is the dominant industry in the Florida Keys , contributing .7 billion and 54% of the jobs to the local economy, according to the local tourism development council. Walt Disney World's parks will close on Saturday and remain closed through Monday .

Commercial service to Key West International Airport are suspended until electricity and water can be restored. Additionally, flights to and from Florida Keys Marathon International Airport are also suspended until further notice.

The belief is that most tourism facilities will return to full operation soon after the restoration of power, water and communications.

All travelers who had plans to visit the region in the coming weeks should contact their airlines and hotels.

In addition, the Florida Department of Transportation inspected all spans on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway and deemed them safe. Though several areas have to be repaired due to the storm, they should be completed by Thursday.

The Florida Keys are back in business but far from back to normal .
FLORIDA KEYS -- Shortly after 5 p.m. last Tuesday, Kim Ackerman closed the gates to the pastel-painted Shell World, a kitschy Key Largo gift shop near the gateway to the Keys.She'd seen three customers that day. But nearby, a sign of hope gleamed in LED letters over the highway: "U.S. 1 Keys is open to Key West."Hurricane Irma interrupted the party in paradise, but only for a time. On Sunday – three weeks after the storm thrashed the chain of islands, killing 14 and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage -- the Keys officially reopened to tourists.

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