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Message from Your Club​​

Thursday, September 21, 2017


The generosity of our Membership over the past 48 hours has been significant, compelling and already being utilized. Working with the Club and ORCA’s Human Resource team and the Ocean Reef Community Foundation, we have intiated a few immediate action items. Those that were here during the hurricane and in the immediate days following are being given a preliminary financial gift. Beginning next week there will be team on the ground assisting Associates with their FEMA applications, sitting at computers to help them navigate. There will also be a counselor on property to provide support to those in need.

This is just the beginning, as we also know we are only at the beginning of our recovery and in turn, your support. 

Following are the daily updates that continue to denote the progress for the entire community.


There are two options where you can help:
The first is with a tax-deductible donation to the Ocean Reef Community Foundation. This can be accomplished through your Donor Advised Fund, either directly with the Foundation or charged at your request, to your Membership account. Donations to the Foundation will target support for the Club’s Associates while also assisting the surrounding communities, including the devastated areas of the Florida Keys. EIN/Tax ID # is 65-0509255
A second option is with a non-deductible donation directly to the Club and those funds will be 100% dispersed to our associates. 

Please click here to DONATE NOW

Quick action will enable us to have an immediate impact on our Associates and their families. When we took dramatic steps to help those Associates in Haiti in both 2010, and again in 2016, it was noted to be “our finest hour” as a Club and as a Community. Our Membership helped hundreds of our Associate’s families. That need is again present today. You already have a personal connection to the Associates. You will help every time you visit Ocean Reef. Please help us, help them.



Reef Hut will open on Friday, September 22 for Members and their employees only. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Burgee Barwill open on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and remain open until 11:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday the Burgee Bar will be open from 4:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Reef Treatswill open on Monday, Sept. 25 for breakfast only. Hours are 7:00 – 11:00 a.m.  

The Fitness Café will be open beginning Monday, Sept. 25 from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Beginning on Monday, September 25, the Associate Cafeteria will be available to Club Associates at no charge. Contractors and other community employees will be asked to purchase lunch tickets outside the Cafeteria.
Wynn’s opened today at 8:00 a.m.. Publix and Winn Dixie are now open as are several Key Largo restaurants.

The boil water alert has been lifted. You are also permitted to fill your pool.

The Inn & Reservations
The Inn is closed until further notice. The Reservations department is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Member Fitness
The Member Fitness Center is scheduled to open on Monday at 7:00 a.m. 305-367-5820 for questions.

The Spa is scheduled to open on Monday at 8:30 a.m. You may schedule appointments beginning today, 305-367-6506.

Open but still no fuel or services available. Through the end of October, ORC members can purchase a flight in and out of ORC with NetJets, without being a contracted NetJets Owner, at the published Marquis Jet Card rates. Flights will be subject to availability for the date requested. Contact Cory Valentine at cvalentine@NetJets.com or (561) 324-7313.
Access to 905 and Card Sound Road
The checkpoint has been moved further south and is no longer present in Florida City. Therefore ID is no longer required to access Card Sound Road.
Mail Services / Post Office
The UPS store is open from 8:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Pak Mail is open Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. US Post Office has opened and service has resumed. UPS and FedEx are also delivering regularly.

The Marina now has power and fuel available. Also, there are missing aids to navigation, a makeshift marker has been set up for #2 marker, #13 is still missing so please travel with extreme caution if entering the Ocean Reef channel.  Member’s channel also missing markers #4, 5, 7, 8, 10.

There are still scattered individual outages throughout The Reef where services may be damaged or transformers off their pads but FKEC estimates 90% of power restored at The Reef.

Front Gate
The Front Gate is back to "normal." That means if you have an ORCA of Club ID you can come in as normal. If no ID, the Welcome Center will process. Homeowners may call to clear guests as normal.

Medical Center
The Medical Center is now open.

Waste Water Treatment
This is working when the water is flowing.  
Debris & Garbage Removal
Debris is being removed from the community at this time. You may pile your debris on the side of the road for pick up. The Club’s Solid Waste team is also picking up residential garbage and recycling.
Gasoline and Diesel Fuel
Gasoline is readily available at the Service Station. Fuel is still not available at the Airport.

Working normally at this time.
Working normally in most areas.
The curfew is currently 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. for the Upper Keys down to MM80.

Permitted Work Hours
7 days a week, dawn to dusk.

Public schools are scheduled to reopen on September 25 as is The Academy.


Michael Leemhuis
President Ocean Reef Club

David Ritz
President ORCA

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