04 July 2023

Developers, residents, and home rule - Weekly briefing - 4 July 2023

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Florida's hurricane evacuation model pitted developers against residents. Hurricane evacuation modeling is based on population data from the U.S. Census and simulates how efficiently the current population can evacuate the area before a disaster events. The model was used to justify more growth in 2012, and is expected to do so again. Some residents say no. 
Home rule eroded. The power of people across the country determine the destiny of their own communities is all too often preempted by lobbyist influenced state legislatures. 
Mooring field expansion. The Monroe County Commission has moved forward this month on plans to expand the City of Key West mooring field and develop its own mooring field in Boca Chica Basin. (Citizen, $)

Boat races, dead grass and city neglect. Ray Warren decried the City's neglect of the portion of Truman Waterfront torn up by the boat racers. "Race World Offshore (RWO), the organizer of the event under current city contracts, is supposed to repair any damage to the park. This is not happening." (Key West Progress) 

Collision. A car and a scooter collided Saturday 24 June at Fleming and Duval streets, sending two victims to Lower Keys Medical Center, and one later sent to Miami aboard Trauma Star. (Citizen, $)

Awaiting agenda. The agenda for the next City Commission meeting on 13 July should be posted later this week. Highlights and details in next week's Voices. 

Great bicycling city. Chris Hamilton reported that Key West was 20th among 946 small cities in the annual U.S. bicycling industry’s trade association PeopleForBikes ranking of U.S. cities. Provincetown was first. (Friends of Car-Free Key West) 

Observations from Fort Zach. Linda Cunningham warned of sunburn and even sharks this summer. (Key West Island News)

Monroe County at 200 years. Activities were planned to commemorate the establishment of Monroe County on 3 July 1823. (Citizen, $)

Bite me? A North Carolina man was arrested early Monday, June 26, for felony battery after biting a bouncer at Sloppy Joe’s in the face. (Citizen, $)

Don't be a jerk. Mandy Miles said we have to stop pissing each other off by doing stupid stuff. (Keys Weekly)

Our Eyes

A plethora of stunning sunrise and sunset photos were posted to social media this week. 

Lynne Bentley-Kemp

Previously in Key West Voices

Hurricane evacuation modeling remained on the minds of locals and organizations. 
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)
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)

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