Kawama Yacht Club Key Largo Irma Update
Twelve months after the passage of Irma in September 2017 through the Southern Florida Keys and we are near to full restoration.
Our home, and the rest of Kawama Tower were un-affected ‘structurally’ after Irma. We had a minor water leak, but otherwise escaped the storm’s effects. Being on the 4th floor had benefits.
In the wider community ; we survived with a few scars and bumps in the community ! Our community experienced cosmetic damage with sand washed away, breakwater damaged on the beaches. Pool fencing removed and vegetation affected by salt water and sea grass debris washed up. Tiki huts that lost their thatch etc. Damage to Pool infrastructure systems etc. By December 2017 new sand had arrived and the onward track to full recovery continued.
FEMA resourced the clear up with thousands of people in the Keys, whilst the community’s own landscaping contractor and maintenance crew have been busy clearing up and undertaking repairs within the community.
We were delighted to see that palm trees that were left straggly, have thrown out fresh new growth and are well on the way to recovering..September 2018 and you would never know !
South Pool OPEN to everyone while the Oasis Pool is being repaired. Thank you to our neighbor H.O.A for this agreement. The Oasis Pool is scheduled to re-open finally in late November or early December of 2018.
North Pool is OPEN :
Walkways OPEN :
Waterfront and beach areas OPEN for access, care required still as ground uneven in places
Saltwater Lagoon : OPEN
Marina : OPEN
Some community amenities and plants and shrubs were damaged by Irma’s storm surge. 12 months on and everything has been restored and replanted ! It’s looking beautiful again.
On a wider level ALL regional tourist attractions and facilities are FULLY RE-OPENED. However some areas closer to Marathon and Big Pine Key are still undergoing repairs to the southern most parks and infrastructure.
Sally & Andrew