Parts of the Florida Keys will re-open for tourists this Sunday Oct. 1 following a two-week long recovery period from Hurricane Irma’s ruin.
International airports in Marathon and in the notable LGBT hub of Key West have already opened their gates for travel, and the Port of Key West once again welcomes cruise ships.
"Potential visitors are advised that while it is safe to travel to the Keys, recovery efforts are ongoing, especially in the Lower Keys and parts of Marathon which were hardest hit by the Category 4 storm," reads an announcement from the Monroe County Emergency Management website.
"Not all lodging is operating on a normal basis currently and this includes RV resorts and other tourism facilities throughout the Keys. Potential visitors should call ahead to ensure hotels and their favorite attractions are open. Some hotels are accommodating displaced residents under a Federal Emergency Management Agency program."
The decision to reopen Florida's southernmost islands to visitors comes from officials who say that the "most immediate infrastructure repairs have been completed":
"While the Keys are open, there is a curfew in place for various neighborhoods as well as additional checkpoint measures as a safety precaution."
More information is available on Monroe County Sheriff’s Facebook page.