Visitors Likely to be Back in Keys by Midweek

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Tourists will likely be returning to the Florida Keys by Wednesday.

Visitors were asked to leave the island chain in advance of Tropical Storm Fay. After part of the storm passed over the islands Monday, officials projected things would return to normal by midweek.

Monroe County Mayor Mario De Gennaro says officials will have to finish damage assessments and do some cleanup but that he believed
tourists could return Wednesday.

Key West International Airport experienced flooding on the tarmac, but normal operations were expected to resume Wednesday morning.

Most Keys hotels and attractions are expected to begin reopening Tuesday and should be fully operational by Wednesday.

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