Scott wants to have tourists return to Keys by October

Gov. Rick Scott set an ambitious deadline Monday to bring tourism back to the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma.

Scott said he hopes to have tourists return to the island chain by Oct. 1.

He was joined by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price as they met with Monroe County officials in Marathon to discuss recovery efforts.

The Keys remain closed to anyone who is not a resident or working in an official capacity with the relief effort.

Scott, who has touted himself as the jobs governor, said he wants to have people in the Keys back to work as quickly as possible.

Price said he will work to grant a federal waiver so that medical crews from out-of-state can come to the Keys to help.

"We've got a long road to go," Price said.

Marty Senterfitt, Monroe County's emergency management director, said he is going to try to get people out of shelters and into temporary trailers until they can find a permanent solution.

In order to pass the checkpoint into the Keys at Florida City, at least one occupant in a vehicle must show proof of residence, either with a photo identification or documentation that shows residency in the Keys.

All of Monroe County remains under a curfew. In the upper Keys to mile marker 47 at the north end of the Seven Mile Bridge, the curfew is 10 p.m. until sunrise. In the lower Keys and Key West, it remains from dusk until dawn.

The Florida City checkpoint closes at 8 p.m. to ensure that everyone has enough time to get to their destinations before curfew.

Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said anyone out after the designated times is subject to arrest.

The Florida Department of Health is also advising residents to boil their water until further notice. Health officials said well water may contain disease-causing organisms and may not be safe to drink.

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