MARATHON, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday that authorizes the Florida Department of Transportation to conduct a “Final Trash and Debris Pick Up” along all of U.S. 1 in Monroe County. This resolution calls for completion of the final pass no later than Jan. 16, 2018.
FDOT’s hurricane debris contractor MCM will begin this final pass along U.S. 1 on Wednesday, Dec. 6, MCM’s Eddie Martinez said at the BOCC Special Meeting held at the Marathon Government Center.
The plan is to start the debris collection along U.S. 1 on Big Pine Key, with crews working out in both directions. MCM will start Wednesday’s collection with 25 to 50 trucks, with the possibility of bringing in more trucks to meet the Jan. 16 deadline.
MCM will be collecting the debris that already is along U.S. 1 in the Keys.
REMINDER: It is now illegal to put any more debris along U.S. 1 in the Keys. Law enforcement has made recent felony arrests for illegal dumping and will continue to actively enforce this law.
At this time, the only place in unincorporated Monroe County that dumping of residential hurricane debris is allowed on County and public roads is from Mile Marker 16 to Mile Marker 40. It is illegal to dump anywhere else on County roads in unincorporated Monroe County.
BURNING OF DEBRIS HAS ENDED ON CUDJOE KEY
The air curtain burning of vegetative debris by FDOT’s contractor on Cudjoe Key has ended. This was the result of a letter sent Friday from the County to FDOT. The letter requested that the burning on Blimp Road stop because residents were complaining that the smoke was causing health problems.
The vegetative debris from that Blimp Road site now will be hauled to the mainland.
Monroe County’s new debris contactor, DRC Environmental Services, has 30 trucks working the area between MM 16 and 40 on County roads. They are averaging about 12,000 cubic yards per day and will continue working the area.
The County public works continues to pick up debris on private roads in this area and take it to the nearest County right of way for collection by DRC.