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Hurricane Irma Debris Final Sweep Information


Updated October 17, 2017



MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County’s Hurricane Irma debris removal contractor Ashbritt Environmental has completed first passes on more than 90 percent of the County roads in its County service area and will begin the final sweep on Oct. 29.

This service area includes all County roads from Mile Marker 91 in Tavernier to the county line in Key Largo, and from MM 5 on Stock Island to MM 15 on Baypoint.

The Florida Department of Transportation’s hurricane debris removal contractors, who are assisting Monroe County, will finish its passes in Layton, Conch Key and Duck Key by the end of the week. A final sweep of those areas also will begin on Oct. 29.

To guarantee free pickup, residents must bring all their hurricane debris to the County right of way (curbside) by the evening of Oct. 28.

After the final sweep is completed, residents in these service areas will need to make individual arrangements for the removal of all materials not collected as part of the hurricane debris collection.

Ashbritt Environmental will complete first pass collections in its service areas in the next few days. It already has begun second passes of some areas.

NOTE: Hurricane debris should not be put in plastic garbage bags. Any items in garbage bags must be separated from the hurricane debris and put in regular garbage bins for collection. Piles that contain any garbage bags will not be picked up.

There has been no deadline set yet for hurricane debris collection from MM 40 go MM 16. This was the area hardest hit by Hurricane Irma and will take longer to collect all the debris.

Residents should follow all of these County hurricane debris removal requirements:

·        Stack hurricane related debris on the county right of way (road shoulder) in front of homes. It must not block the road or driveways.

·        Do not put debris on vacant lots of other property. It will not be picked up.

·        Separate into five groups: vegetative debris, seaweed, household appliances, non-vegetative debris and household hazardous waste, which includes paints, cleaners, etc. (It is recommended you bring your household hazardous waste to one of the County’s three transfer stations).

·        Hurricane debris needs to be separate from regular household trash. Contents of refrigerators should be thrown out in regular trash. This gets picked up by regular garbage collection.

·        In the areas that have vacuum sewers in Key Largo and Tavernier, make sure not to stack debris near sewer system breathers, which are not in the right of way. In the Upper Keys they look like small concrete pillars.

·        In the areas that have vacuum sewers in Key Largo and Tavernier, make sure not to stack debris near sewer system breathers, which are not in the right of way. In the Upper Keys they look like small concrete pillars.

·        Debris also should be kept away from fire hydrants and utility poles.

Things that are not eligible for free pick up by hurricane debris contractor include: cars, trucks, motor homes, motor cycles, trailers, boats or other watercraft and car parts like tires.


Hurricane Irma Debris Pick Up Information


Updated October 16, 2017

Hurricane Irma Tree Debris Removal Beginning on Duck Key


Updated October 9, 2017

On friday October 6th, 2017 Hurricane Irma tree debris was starting to be cleaned up. Only a couple of trucks arrived on the Island to start the process but additional trucks are on the way. we have confirmed that clean up is ongoing and that the crews will not leave Duck Key until the debris has been removed.

We know that it has taken longer to get this process started than it did when Hurricane Wilma hit Duck Key. But you must remember that Hurricane Irma caused a lot more damage to the Keys than Wilma did. There has been several times more debris from this event. Which causes longer clean up times at every location debris is being removed from.   



D.K.P.O.A. Replace No Wake Buoys in Tom's Harbor


Updated June 20, 2017

D.K.P.O.A. has replaced the old, damaged and missing No Wake buoys in Tom's Harbor. These buoys were installed by D.K.P.O.A. many years ago. Over the years several buoys have become damage or were missing completely. D.K.P.O.A. was the original permiter for these buoys and had the responsiblity of maintaining them.

The new buoys are located between the East side of Harbour Drive, the West side of Bimini Drive and the West side of Duck Key Marina. The buoys are located there to prevent boaters from running on plane between the buoys and residents homes on Tom's Harbor water front.

Thanks you goes out to the Board Members that completed this task and to members for belonging to an organization that works to protect Duck Key. 



Important Meeting Regarding the Replacement of Duck Key's Bridges


Updated February 2, 2017


Dear Interested Party:

Due to your known interest in the local transportation infrastructure, you are invited to participate in the Public Alternatives Meeting for the Duck Key Bridges. This meeting is an important component of the permitting process.

The proposed alternatives for addressing the deficiencies of the Duck KeyBridges will be discussed.

As part of its public outreach and efforts to involve interested parties, Monroe County would like to obtain your input on potential impacts the proposed alternatives may have to the community.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the US Coast Guard (USCG), is the lead federal agency for review of potential effects on navigation and on the human environment, including historic properties, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), as amended (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.) and the General Bridge Act of 1946.

As background information for this project, the four bridges providing access to the individual islands associated with Duck Key were determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) by the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). The four bridges have exceeded their design service life and exhibit ongoing deterioration of the bridge elements and increased undermining of the substructure. The decorative railings, vertical profile and typical section of the bridges are substandard and present a safety hazard for vehicular and pedestrian users.

The purpose of this meeting is to display and discuss alternatives for theDuck Key Bridges. There will be project boards on display, a short presentation and a question and answer session.

The Public Alternatives Meeting is scheduled for:
Thursday, March 2, 2017
5:30 PM – Doors Open
6:00 PM – Alternatives Presentation
6:30 PM – Question and Answer Session / Public Comment
Hawks Cay Resort
Overseas Ballroom
61 Hawks Cay Boulevard
Duck Key, FL 33050



Island Clean Up Saturday January 28th, 2017, Volunteers Needed.


Up Dated November 21st, 2016

Please HELP us keep Duck Key Beautiful by volunteering only 2 hours of your time, the more people that help; the quicker we can get the Island Cleaned Up for everyone to enjoy.



Island Clean Up This Saturday January 30th, We Need Your Help


Up Dated January 28, 2016

Please help us clean up Duck Key this Saturday January 30th, 2016 at 9:00 AM. The more volunteers we get the faster we can make Duck Key beautiful again. You will get instant gratification when you see the beauty of the island. Hope to see you there. 




Up Dated January 9, 2016


Help make a difference in your Community, D.K.P.O.A. is sponsoring the 1st Island Wide Clean Up of 2016. I promise it will put a smile on your face when you see the difference you made in the beauty of our island. Bring a freind or neighbor with you, the more help we have, the quicker we will get done making Duck Key look like the jewel it is.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Crime Watch Unit Being Formed on Duck Key


Updated 11/13/15

The Duck Key Security District Advisory Board (DKSDAB) and the Monroe County Sheriff Office are establishing a Crime Watch Unit on Duck Key.                                                                                                                                                                                               The Crime Watch Unit is being spearheaded by DKSDAB and coordinated by Duck Key resident and Monroe County Sheriff Office Detective Scott Ward. The goal is to get several volunteers from each island on Duck Key to do walk arounds or drive arounds on their island and to take notice of any suspicious activities. If you are interested in participating as a Crime Watch Member please contact DKSDAB Chairperson Sherry Popham at 305-393-0657.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Detective Ward has provided us with some information that will help you become more observant to suspicious activities in your area, what to look for in making a description of a suspect or their vehicle and a home security checklist that will help you keep you and your property safe. We have posted this information on the D.K.P.O.A. website in the Documents tab in the left margin under Grime Watch Information. Some of these documents can also be filled out after you witness a criminal act, suspicious person or vehicle while the information is still fresh in your mind.  A good suspect description or tag number are invaluable to law enforcement in capturing and convicting criminals.                                                                                                                                                                                             A special thank you goes out to Sherry Popham and the board of the DKSDAB along with Detective Scott Ward for putting in the extra effort to help keep Duck Key a safe community.  


Duck Key's Residents Make a Differance at Island Clean Up in Support of Worldwide Earth Day Events

Updated April 28, 2015

A sincere thank you goes out to the 29 energetic volunteers who participated in the island wide clean up this past Saturday morning.  Street assignments were made and water and garbage bags were distributed at Club Duck Key.    Each group received two bags; one for actual garbage and the other for recycle materials.  We were able to dispose of the multiple bags of garbage and larger abandoned items that were collected thanks to the generosity of John and Donna Schwartz, who donated dumpster space.  Recyclable materials were taken home and put in our individual blue totes.  Our island looks even more beautiful today than yesterday.  All participants were proud of their hard work which was in conjunction with worldwide Earth Day events.



Island Clean Up Scheduled For Saturday April 25th, 2015; We Could Use Your Help Keeping Duck Key Beautiful!!!!!



Island Clean Up Scheduled for Saturday April 11th, 2015 We Could Use Your Help


Island Clean Up Scheduled for Saturday February 21, We Could Use Your Help


Up Dated January 30, 2015

D.K.P.O.A. is sponsoring an Duck Key Island Clean Up on Saturday, February 21st at 9:00 AM. Everyone will meet in the parking lot of Club Duck Key located at 100 San Juan Street (center island) on Duck Key.

Please join us in keeping the Islands of Duck Key Beautiful. The clean up generally only takes a couple of hours and we provide the trash bags, drinks and snacks. Bring an friend or an neighbor and make an difference here on the island.  It really does help the appearance of the island and you will meet people that really care about the island as much as you do.   


Duck Key Security District Advisory Board Meeting at Hawks Cay 11/4/14


Updated October 29, 2014

The Dcuk Key Security District Advisory Board will having a meeting at Hawks Cay on Tuseday November 4th, 2014 and will start promply at 8:00AM. Duck Key property owners are welcome at any D.K.S.D.A.B. meeting.

Many very important issues will be addressed at this meeting; Island Security - Thefts by water, Speeding Vehicles - Speed Bumps, Short Term Rentals and Abondoned Un Finished & Unkept Yards. If these issue are of concern to you, you might want to attend the meeting. See adgenda below.


D.K.P.O.A. Member Survey on Duck Key Projects Posted


Updated March 5, 2014

D.K.P.O.A. President David Williamson handed out an survey at the Annual Member Meeting held at Club Duck Key on February 16, 2014. This survey has been uploaded to the the documents section (to the left) of the web site.

The survey was developed to get residents thoughts on projects that could be planned for the future here on Duck Key. D.K.P.O.A.'s Board feels that it is important that we get input from membership, allowing us to rank these projects in an order of importance. We collected 48 surveys at the Annual Meeting and results of these surveys will be included in the next newsletter. 

To download the survey, go to the documents tab (left link column), click on DKPOA Member Island Survey, and hit the download link. Instructions are included on the survey.


A Duck Key Island Clean Up has been scheduled for December 7th, 2013


Up Dated November 15, 2013

D.K.P.O.A. has scheduled an Island Clean Up for the morning of December 7, 2013. The Duck Key waste water project is now completed and the construction crews have left the Island, this is a great time to get our beautiful island cleaned up.

Volunteers should plan on meeting at the Club Duck Key parking lot located at 100 Dan Juan Drive on Duck Key at 9:00 AM. We will break into groups and head out to pick up some left over debris and trash around the Island. It is a great chance to see your neighbors and help keep our neighborhood looking good. The clean up should be completed by 11:00 AM. Flier up loaded under documents to the left.

We look forward to seeing you there and thank you in advance for helping keep the Island of Duck Key Beautiful.  



Water on Duck Key to be Shut Down Wednesday Morning  October 30, 2013


Up Dated October 28, 2013

The water on Duck Key will be shut down on Wednesday morning October 30, 2013 from 9:00 AM until around 11:00 AM. This is being done so a Master Water Meter at the entrance of Duck Key can be replaced by the FKAA. Please tell you friends and neighbors will not be caught off guard. 


Reclaimed Water Now Available to all Duck Key Residents

Reclaimed water is now available to all Duck Key residents. This is water that has been reclaimed from the treatment of waste water at he Duck Key water treatment plant. Reclaimed water is fine for watering plants, washing you home, cars and boats but should not be used as drinking water even though it is clean enough to do so. This reclaimed water costs less than potable water that your home already gets, plus you do not get billed for the water being treated by the wastewater plant. This is a good saving for customers that do a lot of watering or outside cleaning.  

In order to receive reclaimed water, you must fill out an application which is posted under documents to the left and then have a meter installed at your house. The process is well explained in the brochure with the application.  


Direction for Viewing the Duck Key Security Cameras Posted in Documents


Updated August 16, 2013

You can view a live feed from the Duck Key Security Cameras located at the Truman Bridge. Directions and log in information has been posted in the documents section in the left column. Please follow the instructions closely using only the suggested methods as they do not work using other browsers. 


Tom's Harbor Bridge Bridge Repairs to be Completed by End of July


Updated July 19, 2014

The replacement of the road decking and bridge substructure of the Tom's Harbor Bridge will be completed by the end of the month. Today we spoke to the Sr Project Manager Clark Briggs of Monroe County who is in charge of the bridge project. He stated that all the concrete has been poured and only only the finishing touches need to be completed.

We also asked Mr. Briggs about the Southbound merge lane on US1. Several D.K.P.O.A. members had requested to have it remain after the construction project was completed. The County also requested that the merge lane stay after repairs but FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation) denied that request. FDOT is asking that the lights and merge lane be removed as soon as possible so the paving project on that section of US1 can be completed. 

The bridge repair process has been an inconveinence for residents and visitors alike, the light at the end of the tunnel will shortly be car using both lanes of the Tom's Harbor Bridge.



Tom's Harbor Bridge Repair Moving Along Nicely


Updated June 7, 2013

The repairs to the Tom's Harbor Bridge are moving along nicely. The new road decking and rails have been completed on the outbound lanes of the bridge. The inbound lanes are about half way completed, with the decking and rails closest to US1 already finished. Work is continuing on the inbound lane decking closest to the island. 

The traffic lights system has been working well so far but the outbound light cycles fairly quickly, those that delay going after the light turns green generally slow down traffic flow as the light turns red pretty fast. On busy holiday weekends the traffic backs up badly, on Memorial Day Weekend outbound was backed up to the entrance of Hawks Cay Resort. The Monroe County Sheriff Office has been stationing officers at US 1 to work the traffic flow manually during those times to keep traffic flowing.  

We have posted a photo album of the Tom's Harbor Bridge Repairs in the photo gallery to the left if you would like to see the progress of the project. Please continue to use caution when traveling on and off the island; pedestrians, people on bikes and construction workers are also using this same area and don't always go by the rules of the road. It will not be long before this project gets completed and things will go back to normal. Florida Keys Normal that is.  


Sewer Project Update


Updated June 7, 2013

The sewer project has moved to Center Island with the remainder of the island's of Duck Key just about completed. Center Island is the only area of disruption from this ongoing project, for most Duck Key residence the project is completed with the exception of final paving. 

The uncompleted sections of Indies Drive North and South are in the progress of being connected as of Memorial Day Weekend. The final sections of Center Island will use an different type of system for the sewer project. The County and the contractors are having issue with many of the property owners (mostly vacant lots) not filling out the needed forms to decide were the hook ups will be placed and to grant permission to enter their properties. If you are one of these property owners, please contact FKAA as soon as possible to address this issue. It will cost you additional dollars if they have to come back in after your section has been completed.

Grey water (recycled water) has been in very low supply as most of the island has not looked up to the system as of yet. Less processing of sewer water means less recycled water.

The sewer system has been ongoing for several years now; dirty cars and rough roads have made travel around the island difficult. It won't be long now till we get our beautiful Duck Key back, having freshly paved roads throughout the island will be nice.