The Keyswide Home Elevation Project will offer five, free, virtual workshops in June for homeowners interested in elevating their homes to accommodate sea level rise and increased flooding. 

The City of Key West, Monroe County, Monroe County Extension Services and FIRM have partnered in the project to educate Monroe County residents on the steps to elevating their homes. The workshops will cover the costs of elevating homes in the Keys; what funding is available to offset homeowner costs; height restrictions and potential insurance savings.

If there is enough interest throughout the Keys, the project partners hope to be able to secure price discounts for homeowners by bundling local projects so elevation companies can combine multiple projects in a single visit to the Keys.

The virtual workshops will each feature a different building official from Key Colony Beach, Key West, Layton, Marathon and Monroe County outlining the requirements, restrictions, and guidelines for that particular jurisdiction. Attendees will be able to interact with the officials and ask questions.

The schedule and presenters are as follows:

Marathon -Tuesday, June 22, 10 am, George Garrett, City Manager and Brian Shea, Planning Director

Key Colony Beach – Tuesday, June 22, 1 pm, David Turner, City Manager

Layton -Wednesday, June 23, Noon, Mimi Young, Floodplain Manager

Monroe County –Thursday, June 24, 6 pm, Christine Hurley, Assistant County Administrator and Mike Lalbachan, Mitigation Administrator

Key West  – Saturday, June 26, 11 am, Alison Higgins, Sustainability Coordinator

The pre-recorded modules are presented by Alison Higgins, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Key West; Erica Poole, RA, NCARB, K2M Design & FIRM Board Secretary; Mike Lalbachan, Mitigation Administrator, Monroe County; and Caroline Horn, Manager, FIRM.

Type your name and email in the form below to receive the Zoom details. You can also visit the Project page for more information. All modules will be available for viewing afterwards on the Project page as well.  

If you are unable to attend a live workshop but would like to submit questions, please email those to FIRM at info@FIRMKeys.org. The project is free and open to any resident of Monroe County.

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