MEMORANDUM

TO:                  Members of the Press

FROM:            Helen Aguirre Ferré, Director of Communications, Governor Ron DeSantis

DATE:             March 27, 2020

RE:                   Executive Orders 20-86 and 20-87

Good evening:

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-86, directing all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the State of Louisiana, inclusive of those entering the State of Florida by roadways, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.

The Governor also issued Executive Order 20-87, ordering all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order.

Sincerely,

Helen Aguirre Ferré

Director of Communications

Governor Ron DeSantis

 

STATE OF FLORIDA

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-86

(Emergency Management – COVID-19 –Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida)

WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among humans through respiratory transmission and presents with symptoms similar to those of influenza; and

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, I issued Executive Order number 20-51 directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 24, 2020, I issued Executive Order number 20-82 directing all persons from an area with substantial community spread who enter the State of Florida to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days; and

WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible for meeting the dangers presented to this state and its people by this emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (1)(a) of the Florida Constitution, Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:

Section 1.

  • I hereby direct all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the State of Louisiana, inclusive of those entering the State of Florida by roadways, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.  This section shall not apply to persons performing military, emergency, health or infrastructure response, or persons involved in any commercial activity.  This Order shall take effect immediately and apply retroactively to all persons who have entered Florida after being in any area with substantial community spread.  All persons isolating or quarantining under this Section shall be responsible for all costs associated with their isolation or quarantine, including transportation, lodging, food, medical care and any other expenses to sustain the person during the period of isolation or quarantine.
  • I hereby direct all persons covered under Section 1(A) of this Order to inform any individual in Florida with whom they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they traveled from an area with substantial community spread.
  • I direct the establishment of appropriate checkpoints on the roadways for those persons and vehicles entering the State of Florida and to require those persons to provide information, including in a written form, regarding the origin of their travel and on the address of their location of isolation or quarantine for a period of 14 days.  I further direct the Florida Department of Transportation to facilitate locations for appropriate checkpoints, including at welcome centers and rest stops, and to facilitate the placement of road signs and advisories to provide information on this Order and to direct traffic to the appropriate checkpoint.
  • Pursuant to sections 252.36(5)(b) and 252.47, Florida Statutes, the Florida Highway Patrol and County Sheriffs are directed to assist with the establishment of appropriate checkpoints, the flow of traffic to those checkpoints and any enforcement actions.

Section 2.  Failure to follow Section 1 of this Order is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to section 252.50, Florida Statutes, and is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both.

Section 3.

  • Pursuant to section 252.47, Florida Statutes, I hereby direct all state, county and local law enforcement authorities to enforce this Order.  Any law enforcement authority that interacts with a person in violation of Section 1(A) of this Order shall immediately report the individual, along with personal identifying and contact information, to the Florida Department of Health.
  • Pursuant to section 381.0012(5), Florida Statutes, “it shall be the duty of every state and county attorney, sheriff, police officer, and other appropriate city and county officials upon the request to assist the Department of Health” in enforcing any isolation or quarantine, state health law and order of the Department of Health issued pursuant to this Order.

Section 4.  To the extent necessary, the exceptions of this Executive Order are applicable to Executive Order 20-80, Section 1(A) and 20-82, Section 1(A).

Section 5. This Executive Order shall expire upon the expiration of Executive Order
20-52, including any extensions, or upon an Executive Order lifting the isolation or quarantine after advice from the State Health Officer and Surgeon General.

 

STATE OF FLORIDA

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-87

(Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Vacation Rental Closures)

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-51 directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” guidance advising individuals to adopt far-reaching social distancing measures; and

WHEREAS, the CDC has cautioned against non-essential travel within the United States; and

WHEREAS, Florida is experiencing an increase in individuals fleeing to Florida from out-of-state locations where “shelter-in-place” orders are being implemented and/or community spread exists; and

WHEREAS, many cases of COVID-19 in Florida have resulted from individuals coming into the State of Florida from international travel and other states, posing great risk to Florida residents; and

WHEREAS, vacation rentals and third-party platforms advertising vacation rentals in Florida present attractive lodging destinations for individuals coming into Florida; and

WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible for meeting the dangers presented to this state and its people by this emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (1)(a) of the Florida Constitution, Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:

Section 1.        Vacation Rentals

I hereby order all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties, as defined in section 509.242(1)(c), Florida Statutes, to suspend vacation rental operations.  Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order.  This directive shall include the:

  • Rental of any house, condominium, cooperative, or dwelling unit that is also a transient public lodging establishment, as defined under Section 509.013(4)(a), Florida Statutes; and
    • Which is rented for periods of less than 30 days or 1 calendar month, whichever is less; or
    • Which is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to guests; or
    • Which is otherwise regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“DBPR”) as a vacation rental pursuant to section 509.241, Florida Statutes.
  • This directive shall not include the following:
    • Hotels, motels, inns, resorts, non-transient public lodging establishments, or time share projects; or
    • Long-term rentals; or
    • Rental stays where guests are currently staying in a vacation rental or have previously booked a stay and are schedule to check-in no later than March 28, 2020; or
    • Rentals to persons performing military, emergency, governmental, health or infrastructure response, or travelers engaged in non-vacation commercial activities.

Section 2.        Violations of the Order

  • DBPR shall supplement this directive with guidance or directives as necessary to implement the order and shall take steps necessary to inspect licensed properties or third-party platforms whereby Florida vacation rentals may be advertised.
  • DBPR shall revoke the vacation rental license of any party that violates this order or otherwise advertises vacation rental opportunities during the duration of this order; and
  • DBPR shall alert the state authorities to evidence of violations or attempts to violate this order; and
  • Parties that violate this order or attempt to violate the order through advertising or other means of solicitation may be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable as provided in Sections 775.082 or 775.083, Fla. Stat.

Section 3.        This Executive Order shall expire in 14 days unless extended by subsequent order.

CHECK POINT PHOTOS: TRAVEL RESTRICTED TO RESIDENTS AND THOSE WORKING IN THE FLORIDA KEYS DUE TO COVID-19

MONROE COUNTY – Monroe County and its law enforcement partners coordinated the implementation of southbound traffic stops at mile marker 112.5 on the U.S. 1 (18-Mile Stretch) and on State Road 905 (Card Sound Road), to limit exposure to coronavirus and reinforce Monroe County’s closure to visitors and non-residents.

The stops are averaging about 20 to 22 turnarounds an hour according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol, both of which are manning the stations.

The stations began 24-hour operations Friday morning until further notice. The checkpoint is being reevaluated daily. Only residents, property owners, and those actively involved in work in the Florida Keys will be admitted, including fuel tankers, delivery and grocery trucks.

Proof of residency can be demonstrated with a resident reentry sticker, local identification, utility bill, deed, lease or tax bill. Those actively engaged in work in the Florida Keys, such as construction workers, will need to show a letter from their employer, employee identification, a paystub, or current construction contract in the Keys. First responders, healthcare workers and military actively engaged in work in the Keys will need proper IDs.

Delays are possible at checkpoints and officials advise not to call 911 with non-emergency questions about U.S. 1.

Go to www.monroecountyem.com/covid-19 for more information about Monroe County’s response to COVID-19, INCLUDING ALL UPDATES REGARDING U.S. 1. Residents can call the Monroe County Emergency Management information hotline at 800-955-5504, M-F 9-5.

EMERGENCY DIRECTIVE 20-03.COVID-19 CHECK POINT

STATE OF FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOREXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-82

(Emergency Management – COVID-19 –Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida)

WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among humans through respiratory transmission and presents with symptoms similar to those of influenza; and

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, I issued Executive Order number 20-51 directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, many cases of COVID-19 in Florida have resulted from individuals coming into the State of Florida from international travel and other states, posing great risk to Florida residents; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-80 requiring the screening, isolation and quarantine of individuals whose point of departure originated outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area; and

WHEREAS, Florida is experiencing an increase in individuals fleeing to Florida from states where “shelter-in-place” orders are being implemented, including from the New York Tri-State Area; and

WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible for meeting the dangers presented to this state and its people by this emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (1)(a) of the Florida Constitution, Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:

Section 1.

  1. I hereby direct all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter. This Order shall not apply to persons employed by the airlines and those performing military, emergency or health response. This Order shall take effect immediately and apply retroactively to all persons who have entered Florida after being in any area with substantial community spread within the previous 14 days. All persons isolating or quarantining under this Section shall be responsible for all costs associated with their isolation or quarantine, including transportation, lodging, food, medical care and any other expenses to sustain the person during the period of isolation or quarantine.
  2. I hereby direct all persons covered under Section 1(A) of this Order to inform any individual in Florida with whom they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they traveled from an area with substantial community spread.

Section 2.  Failure to follow Section 1 of this Order is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to section 252.50, Florida Statutes, and is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both.

Section 3.

  1. Pursuant to section 252.47, Florida Statutes, I hereby direct all state, county and local law enforcement authorities to enforce this Order. Any law enforcement authority that interacts with a person in violation of Section 1(A) of this Order shall immediately report the individual, along with personal identifying and contact information, to the Florida Department of Health.
  2. Pursuant to section 381.0012(5), Florida Statutes, “it shall be the duty of every state and county attorney, sheriff, police officer, and other appropriate city and county officials upon the request to assist the Department of Health” in enforcing any isolation or quarantine, state health law and order of the Department of Health issued pursuant to this Order.

Section 4. This Executive Order shall expire upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions, or upon an Executive Order lifting the isolation or quarantine after advice from the State Health Officer and Surgeon General.

 

STATE OF FLORIDA

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-83

(Emergency Management – COVID-19 –Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce)

WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among humans through respiratory transmission and presents with symptoms similar to those of influenza; and

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, I issued Executive Order number 20-51 directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions are particularly at risk for severe illness or death due to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Donald J. Trump and the CDC issued “15 Days to Slow the Spread” guidance advising individuals to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people and advising older persons and persons with serious underlying health conditions to stay home and away from others; and

WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible for meeting the dangers presented to this state and its people by this emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (1)(a) of the Florida Constitution, Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:

Section 1.

  1. I hereby direct the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to all persons over 65 years of age urging them to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  2. I further direct the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to persons that have a serious underlying medical condition that places them at a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Consistent with CDC guidance, such conditions include, but not limited to, chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; serious heart conditions; immunocompromised status, including those in cancer treatment; and severe obesity. The Surgeon General’s advisory must urge these persons to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Section 2.        I hereby direct the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory against all social or recreational gatherings of 10 or more people.

Section 3.        I hereby direct the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to those who can work remotely urging them to do so.

Section 4.        Any action(s) taken or document(s) issued by the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer pursuant to this Executive Order shall not constitute a rule as defined in section 120.52(16), Florida Statutes, and are specifically exempted from any and all requirements or procedures outlined in chapter 120 and section 252.46, Florida Statutes.

Section 5.        This Executive Order shall expire upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.

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Please note that under Florida law correspondence sent to the Governor’s Office, which is not confidential or exempt pursuant to chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes, is a public record made available upon request.

MONROE COUNTY EMERGENCY DIRECTIVE: TOURIST BAN ENFORCEMENT PROTOCOL

Posted on: March 24, 2020

The Emergency Directive 20-02 (Tourist Ban) Enforcement Protocol was collaboratively developed by Monroe County and the five municipalities with input from the Tax Collector, the Sheriff, and the State Attorney. Law enforcement officers are not prevented from taking steps to enforce Emergency Directive 20-02 if, in the officer’s discretion, immediate action is warranted.

  1. Complaints: call 1-855-422-4540, the Tax Collector’s hotline.
  2. Tax Collector will reach out to account holders and warn against renting during this State of Emergency and will warn those without accounts of consequences of renting without an account.
  3. Tax Collector staff will refer complaints, as they come in, to the Code Compliance department within the jurisdiction for the property’s location.
  4. The local Code Compliance Department will reach out to complainants to investigate. Code will advise owners, managers, and/or renters of the ban and consequences of non-compliance.
  5. If Code Compliance does not obtain voluntarily compliance, Code will refer case to primary law enforcement agency for their jurisdiction. The State Attorney’s Office investigative division will also help with law enforcement responses.
  6. Law enforcement will take code’s investigative information and initiate contact with violator(s) (owner, manager, and/or renter).  If probable cause to believe there is a violation of Emergency Directive 20-02, law enforcement officer will issue a notice to appear (NTA) for violating an emergency directive issued during a state of emergency in violation of F.S. 252.50, a misdemeanor.
  7. SAO will prosecute violations in County Court.

OFFICIALS TO RESTRICT TRAVEL ON FLORIDA KEYS OVERSEAS HIGHWAY (U.S. 1)

Posted on: March 24, 2020

Concerned about limiting exposure to coronavirus, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating implementation of southbound traffic stops at mile marker 112.5 on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, and on State Road 905 (Card Sound Road), to restrict access to the Florida Keys and to reinforce the island chain’s closure to visitors and non-residents.

The stations are to begin operations by no later than early Friday. Only residents, property owners, and those actively involved in work in the Florida Keys will be admitted, including fuel tankers, delivery and grocery trucks.

Proof of residency can be demonstrated with a resident reentry sticker, local identification, utility bill, deed, lease or tax bill. Those actively engaged in work in the Florida Keys, such as construction workers, will need to show a letter from their employer, employee identification, a paystub, or current construction contract in the Keys. First responders, healthcare workers and military actively engaged in work in the Keys will need proper IDs.

Long delays are possible at checkpoints and officials advise not to call 911 with non-emergency questions about U.S. 1.

Go to www.monroecountyem/covid-19 for more information about Monroe County’s response to COVID-19, INCLUDING ALL UPDATES REGARDING U.S. 1. Residents can call the Monroe County Emergency Management information hotline at 800-955-5504.

The Mayor’s response to a concerned citizen (March 23, 2020 ~ 1:00PM)

The issue is not who is worthy, friends to KCB or currently healthy.  The issue is what is best for everyone now, before this virus spreads at an alarming rate as we have seen in other countries.    We must look at where people can best be taken care of in the long run.   To think this will go away in a couple of weeks is a luxury, we as a government cannot afford.  The spring break kids have proven our vulnerability to reducing the spread.

The Keys only has very few available isolation beds in our 2 and a fraction urgent care hospitals.  The governor has already started rationing medical care.  If I were a visitor in the Keys with my primary doctor at home elsewhere, I would be leaving yesterday.  Further Tramastar will not fly out virus patents.  A case in point, a winter resident had a stroke yesterday and is in a Miami hospital were his wife drove for 2 hours to see him, only to be  not allowed in because of COVID-19 protocols and no local family doctor to call for help.  I do not want this for anyone.   We can only take care of our residents in a pandemic.  This is like following Irma when everyone wanted to come in without a working hospital.  They said they were healthy and could take care of themselves.   We could not afford to gamble with their lives, so delayed allowing returning residents until we had a hospital.

Therefore, we are asking people that are not residents to return to their homes where medical care is sized to handle them and their family doctor resides that can best take care of them.  Eviction is not the correct term for vacationers.  No one is being evicted from their “residence.”   This is not any different than a hurricane evacuation of tourist in my book.

Also, we have not begun wide testing and the spring break kids have just left today.   Do not be complacent with only one active case in Monroe County.  We have no idea of the number of infected people here.  Screening is on the way for residents.

If there is a true hardship on returning home, we will handle on a case by case basis for “sheltering in place.”

The Monroe County emergency order was very flawed, and realtors were already writing contracts for over 28 days to circumvent the order, flooding  our 34% vacation rental homes with people from who knows where.

So, to finish, this is not a very simple problem and  there are many other considerations your County and City have been factoring into this emergency order.

-John

COVID-19 Update March 23, 2020 ~ 7:00PM

Today Monroe County Emergency Management re-confirmed the Florida Keys are closed

Citing concerns about increasing coronavirus threats, Florida Keys government officials have temporarily closed the island destination to visitors until further notice.

The public boat ramps are closed to visitors.

Per FWC: All Florida Keys fishing bridges are closed.

US1 is still open/there are no roadblocks or check-in stations in Florida City. There are no plans to close US1 at this time, but it is being re-evaluated daily. There are no restrictions for homeowners to come and go. There is no lodging available for those who are leisure visitors.

The City of Key Colony Beach reminds every one of the limited medical resources that are available in the Middle Keys.

To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website.

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

 

COVID-19 / Coronavirus Update March 22, 2020 6:00pm

CITY OF KEY COLONY BEACH EMERGENCY DIRECTIVE MARCH 21, 2020 UPDATE AND NOTIFICATION

SUBJECT:  CLOSING THE CITY OF KEY COLONY BEACH TO OCCUPANCY BY ALL PERSONS EXCEPT RESIDENTS

WHEREAS, the City declared a State of Local Emergency on Friday, March 20, 2020, in order for the City to take actions to protect the health, safety and welfare of the City due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, in the interest of protecting the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Key Colony Beach, it is:

ORDERED that

  1. The City of Key Colony Beach is closing to occupancy by all persons except those with primary or secondary residences within the City.
  2. A residence is defined as a dwelling owned, or rented, by the occupant for a rental period greater than six (6) months.
  3. Effective March 23, 2020, at 12 noon, until May 31, 2020 at 12 noon, all rentals, where the dwelling is not the residence of the renter, shall cease.  The occupant of subject property shall vacate no later than March 24, 2020 at 12 noon.  The City Commission will review these directives on April 23, 2020.
  4. This rental ban shall not apply to rentals to transitory military personnel, first responders, health care workers, construction workers actively engaged in projects in the City or others engaged in formal business in the Florida Keys.
  5. Per F.S. 252.46(2), this Order shall take effective immediately upon being filed with the Monroe County Clerk.

The above directive supplements Emergency Directive 20-02 issued by Monroe County Emergency Management on March 20, 2020, which the Key Colony Beach City Commission adopted on March 20, 2020. As to inconsistencies between the two directives, the City’s directive above shall control in the City of Key Colony Beach.

The above directed will be filed with Monroe County Clerk on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Additional information to supplement Emergency Directive from March 21, 2020

On Saturday, your Commission voted to make a more specific COVID-19 emergency order than the County’s for Key Colony Beach.  This is intended for the benefit of both our Residents and Guests. The reasoning behind the order is:

  1. Limited medical facilities and supplies in the Keys;
    1. Two emergent care hospitals,
    2. One temporary emergent care hospital,
    3. Limited isolation beds in the Keys,
    4. Trauma-star will not fly virus patients,
    5. Concerns Miami hospitals capacity for our patients
    6. Our medical is sized for our Resident population of around 76,000;
  2. Limited food and personal hygiene supplies;
  3. Travel may become increasingly difficult as the virus becomes widespread;
  4. Screening as of now, will be for Residents only;
  5. We are 34% short term rentals, a very high percentage of our homes;
  6. Our population is an average age of 63, bordering on the most at-risk population;
  7. According to our Attorney, the County order may not be enforceable due to ambiguity;
  8. We do not know when this pandemic will peak, but now, travel to your primary residence is not easy, but not difficult if driving, as most of our winter residents do;
  9. Canada is asking their residents to return.

The Commission understands there maybe be limited, medically necessary or travel restriction, reasons why certain individuals may need extra time to depart and have directed the Chief of Police to identify and monitor each individual circumstance.  He, along with direction from the City Attorney, may use discretion.  If necessary, the Commission will review any case brought forward by the Chief, City Attorney or City Administrator.

MONROE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
EMERGENCY DIRECTIVE 20-02 March 20, 2020

CLOSING OF THE KEYS TO VISITORS

WHEREAS, the Mayor declared a State of Local Emergency on Sunday, March 15, 2020, in order for the County to take actions to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, due to the acceleration of the number of cases of COVID-19 in the neighboring counties and the high volume of traffic between Monroe County and the mainland of Florida; and

WHEREAS, that declaration and Section 11-3 of the Monroe County Code vest the Emergency Management Director with the authority to issue emergency directives; and

WHEREAS, in the interests of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the residents and visitors to Monroe County, it is:ORDERED that

  1. The Florida Keys are closing to all tourists and leisure visitors.
  2. Effective immediately, no lodging establishment shall accept reservations until further notice, including extensions to current reservations.
  3. Effective Sunday March 22, 2020 at 6 p.m., all hotels, short term ( as defined as less than 28 days) vacation rentals, and other transient rentals to include marinas, RV parks, and time shares shall cease renting to tourists for 14 days. This ban shall not apply to rentals to transitory military personnel, first responders, health care workers, construction workers actively engaged in projects in the County, and others engaged in formal business in the Florida Keys.
  4. Per F.S. 252.46(2), this order shall take effect immediately upon being filed with the Monroe County Clerk.Date: March 20, 2020 Time:

Approved as to form and legal sufficiency in advance.
Robert B. Shillinger. Monroe County Attorney

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  • The Key Colony Beach City Commission affirmed the County’s Emergency Directive today at an Emergency KCB Commission meeting. Further the City Commission decided to close all Parks, effective Sunday, March 22, at Noon.
  • At this time, the City’s Golf Course remains open but we are continuing to strongly encourage social distancing.
  • The Park closures, including Sunset Park, East Park, 7th Street Park, Waterfront Park, Tiki Hut/Coconut Path, Pickleball, Tennis & Bocce Ball will be re-evaluated on April 23rd.
  • Today the City Commission extended its’ Emergency Declaration for an additional seven (7) days from today.
  • The City Commission will meet tomorrow, Saturday, in Emergency Session, to again evaluate any additional directives it may deem necessary to protect the public health.
  • City Hall and Building Department offices are now closed to the public but are operational with a limited staff weekdays. Please call or email City Hall or the Building Department for services you may need. Staff will try to accommodate your needs via the phone or by email. This will remain in effect until the Commission or the Administrator change this protocol. The Building department can schedule certain inspections on a case-by-case basis.
  • The Police Department, Fire and EMS continue to serve for your safety 24/7.
  • The Governor has executed an executive order to close restaurants for local in-facility seating. We will issue another email blast with this executive order included.
  • Please know we are all working diligently to help lower the curve of exposure to the Coronavirus. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please note these issues are changing daily and we contine to work with Monroe County, our neighboring Cities and the State of Florida.
  • We will update you as often as possible. Be safe!

COVID-19 / Coronavirus Update March 18, 2020 4:30pm

  • As of today there have been 21 people tested in Monroe County.  5 negative results and 16 pending.  No reported cases of COvID-19 to date
  • Follow this link regarding our Canadian seasonal residents and visitors at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/221
  • Per CDC, Federal, and State Recommendations, City Hall is practicing social distancing and has limited staff in office. If not urgent, please call City Hall at (305) 289-1212 Ext. 2 for telephonic/electronic assistance. Alternatively, e-mail cityclerk@keycolonybeach.net
  • Starting on 03-18-2020 the Building Dept. office will no longer be open to the public until further notice. Please schedule inspections or permitting by calling or email to the following contacts ;  buiIding2@keycolonybeach.net, buiIding3@keycolonybeach.net, 305-434-0804 or 786-847-3255 or city number 305-289-1212 Ext. 3
  • Boat trailer parking long-term permits have been extended through April 30th
  • Property Manager’s certifications expiring in March are extended until further notice
  • The Cabana Club is now closed until further notice
  • Restaurants in KCB are to follow the Governor’s Executive Order about social distancing.  Bars are now closed for 30 days
  • East Park Children’s play structure will be closed until further notice.  Parents/Grandparents are encouraged to go to the 7th Street play area which is being disinfected on a regular basis
  • Please see the update below for more important links to the status of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, frequently asked questions and important safeguards
  • Please be patient

COV ID-19/novel Coronavirus UPDATE – March 16, 2020  4pm

In an effort to protect the health and safety of the City’s population, the following decisions have been made today:

  • The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is cancelled  (The Key Colony Inn and Havana Jack’s will be open)
  • Declaration of Local State of Emergency
  • All non-essential meetings/activities in Marble Hall are cancelled until further notice (incl. exercise, fish & boat club, crafty ladies, property managers, etc.)
  • The Farmer’s Market on Tuesday(s) is cancelled until further notice
  • The Commission will continue to have its meetings as regularly scheduled, however in an effort to maintain social-distancing, the City will attempt to host remote sessions in order for people to listen and/or view.  We will email blast information accordingly so please sign up for the email blast on this site.
  • The Election scheduled for tomorrow is still on as of now
  • Please call us first (305) 289-1212 opt. 2, to attempt to have your issues resolved.  If you must come to the offices, please follow CDC guidelines with regard to social-distancing, handwashing and hand sanitization
  • Click here for KCB Police Department Statement Form. This form may be in lieu of going to the Police Department.  Please send the appropriate filled-in form(s) and then call the Police Department to have a case number assigned and an officer to handle your request
  • Rest assured city employees are following CDC guidelines including the disinfecting of common surfaces such as door handles, tabletops, chairs, floors, etc.
  • Concerts in the Park are Cancelled

A Coronavirus Message from Mayor DeNeale:

Dear Residents and Visitors of Key Colony Beach:

As the instance of the Coronavirus expands across the United States, I want to insure you the City is taking precautions for the continuation of service and maintaining for clean work environments and proper hygiene. We ALL should take these precautions to prevent any potential cross-contamination of the virus. Please note, as of this morning, there are NO reported cases of the virus in Monroe County. We are carefully working with Monroe County Emergency Management as well as the Florida Department of Health to monitor the situation. Below are three important links for vital information regarding the Coronavirus and how to maintain your personal safety.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
http://www.floridahealth.gov/
http://monroecountyem.com/782/Emergency-Management