Key West's gay-owned Island House resort — one of the most famous men's resorts in Florida — sustained damage from Hurricane Irma, but is working to repair and reopen.
Island House is currently closed and assessing the damage caused by the mammoth storm, which battered the Florida Keys on Monday. Most of the resort thankfully survived Irma's impact, though much of its beautiful foliage was torn to shreds by the wind and rain. The resort's owners updated its customers via its Facebook page:
The last few days have been incredibly stressful, watching Hurricane Irma head for Key West. The hurricane has now gone past us, and we are starting to be able to assess damage and think about the future.
I just heard (landline call from the phone room at Island House) from Julian Ward and Steve Silva. They are OK, and report that damage to the resort is 'fixable' There are several big trees down, including the big gumbo limbo and rubber tree next door to the resort. Fortunately they didn't fall on anything.
Right now there is no water, electricity or cell phone service in Key West. Those will be fixed in the coming days. Also the airport needs to reopen as well as Route 1 to the mainland.
Not sure when we can reopen. That depends on when the authorities open the roads and the airport. And how soon we can do the clean up and repairs needed at the Island House. Hopefully, tho that will be by early next week.
Right now, we're not able to answer the phones. Hopefully that will get fixed today so you can communicate with us."
Approximately 25 percent of houses on Key West have been destroyed by Irma, according to estimates, with 65 percent suffering major damage.