View of a wrecked home and belongings scattered by Hurricane Irma in Marathon Key on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.
View of a wrecked home and belongings scattered by Hurricane Irma in Marathon Key on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. PEDRO PORTAL pportal@miamiherald.com
View of a wrecked home and belongings scattered by Hurricane Irma in Marathon Key on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. PEDRO PORTAL pportal@miamiherald.com

In the Florida Keys, riding out the storm may not have been the best choice. But it was enlightening.

September 22, 2017 07:00 AM

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