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Coast Guard Urging Boaters To Avoid Keys

Storm surge and high winds from Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys.
Storm surge and high winds from Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys.

The Port of Key West remains closed in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and the Coast Guard is urging boaters to stay away.

Storm surge and high winds from Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys.
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Storm surge and high winds from Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys.

Coast Guard officials warned in a statement that, quote, “safe navigation around the Keys can’t be ensured at this time.”

The warning by Deputy Incident  Commander Lexia Littlejohn cited unsafe infrastructure and debris in the water. Littlejohn also said increased boat traffic would hamper relief efforts.

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Jim Ash is a reporter at WFSU-FM. A Miami native, he is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.