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Florida Keys reopens to visitors Oct. 1

The Florida Keys to reopen on Sunday. (PBCFR)

After the Keys were battered by Hurricane Irma on Sept. 10, local government officials announced Monday the island chain will reopen to visitors Sunday, Oct. 1.

Although Key Largo and Key West were the least impacted, not all lodging, including RV resorts and other tourism facilities throughout the Keys, are operating on a normal basis, according to the Monroe County government. Potential visitors should call ahead to make sure hotels and their favorite attractions are open.

Some hotels are also accommodating displaced residents under a FEMA program.

The decision to open the Keys to visitors was based on the completion of some of the most immediate infrastructure repairs, government officials said. Almost all power and water have been restored from Key Largo through Marathon, as well as Stock Island and Key West.

Cell phone service is also working, but restoration of Comcast cable television and internet is lagging behind.

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