The Keys Reopen To Residents, Business Owners... Little By Little

Residents of the Upper Keys have finally been allowed and able to return to their homes following Hurricane Irma.

Officers - who had formed a roadblock Monday on U.S. 1 just south of Florida City to keep all Keys residents out - opened up the barrier Tuesday at 7 a.m. for those who live in Key Largo, Tavarnier, Islamorada, and down to Marathon.

Entry to the area requires a yellow re-entry sticker or proof of residency or business ownership. County officials said returning residents should consider that there are limited services on the islands.

The Florida Department of Transportation tweeted Monday afternoon that roads would be closed until assessment of the road and 42 bridges between Florida City and Key West is complete.

Just before 4:30 p.m., FDOT said all bridges from the stretch to MM16 in Sugarloaf were inspected and deemed safe. 

However, a roadblock remains in place around MM 74, where part of the road was washed out.

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