Keys Weekly: What FEMA flood maps mean for residents, real estate

The much-anticipated day has finally arrived: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released its draft floodplain maps, which will affect how insurance rates are calculated in the Keys. Municipalities have posted online draft maps where citizens can search by address. Key West’s is found on the city website, by going to the Building Department, then “New Flood Maps” and “Draft Flood Maps.”

Now that the draft maps are published, Monroe County and Keys municipalities will have an opportunity during a comment period to respond to the maps and, if they find adequate reason to do so, appeal them. Mayor Teri Johnston, who attended the Aug. 21 presentation of the draft floodmaps assures citizens:

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