26 June 2023

Last Stand says Enough! - Weekly briefing - 26 June 2023

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Hurricane evacuation modeling remained on the minds of locals and organizations. 
Two named storms. The first two named storms of the tropical storm season were tracked by the National Hurricane Center. Bret has already dissipated, and so has Cindy. (National Hurricane Center)

Bed tax for affordable housing? Maybe, probably not. Although the Monroe Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a plan to divert $25 million in collected bed taxes, state law does not allow the funds to be used for affordable housing projects. The BOCC also postponed a controversial decision on abandoning a county road in favor of a homeowners association. (Citizen, $)

Charter County? In its 21 June meeting, the BOCC began consideration of becoming a charter county, a move that would require voter approval. Charter counties have more power to levy taxes, and prospectively more autonomy from Tallahassee. (Keys Weekly)
Health code violations. Two local restaurants tied with 22 violations each, according to the Citizen.  (Citizen, $)

Native flamingos. Mark Hedden wrote about flamingos spotted in the Keys in the 19th century. (Keys Weekly)

Got mango? Linda Cunningham has had enough. (Key West Island News)

Staples bridge. Christopher Hamilton anticipated a new and better bridge for the Crosstown Greenway. (Friends of Car Free Cities)

Swamp Story. Nancy Klingener recommended a Dave Barry audiobook for road trips in Florida. (nancyklingener.com)

Our Eyes

Mark Hedden

Previously in Key West Voices

Take the bus; ride a bike. Chris Hamilton celebrated the opening of the new Garden View Apartments on Stock Island and envisioned incentives to ride the bus. (Friends of Car Free Cities)  

Hurricane prep: go analog. Linda Cunningham reminded us to prepare as though a Cat 5 is coming. (Key West Island News)  

A good place to start. Mark Hedden offered a round-up of herons and egrets as a good place for novice Keys birders to start watching. (Keys Weekly)

"...because boys have sex and girls have babies." Mandy Miles shared quotes from her father for Father's Day. (Keys Weekly)

Happy 100th birthday. Frank Toppino, whose family name is everywhere there's construction in the Keys, hit the century mark just in time for Father's Day. (Keys Weekly)

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