The damage from last September’s Hurricane Irma was extensive, including this area of Big Pine Key.
The damage from last September’s Hurricane Irma was extensive, including this area of Big Pine Key. Carl Juste Miami Herald staff
The damage from last September’s Hurricane Irma was extensive, including this area of Big Pine Key. Carl Juste Miami Herald staff

Gwen Filosa covers Key West and the Lower Florida Keys for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald and lives in Key West. She was part of the staff at the New Orleans Times-Picayune that in 2005 won two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. She graduated from Indiana University.