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Summary of Historic Initiatives

HISTORIC FEDERATION INITIATIVES
 Requested BOCC to hear and decide Key Largo issues in Key Largo.
 Did a survey of Key Largo Homeowner Associations as to what they thought our Island needed in infrastructure to request our fair share of tax dollars in the Monroe County Budget ; resulting in majority vote for a Cultural Center and second was a Government Center. The County Commissioners listened to us and in 2005 purchased the old Quay Bayside Restaurant property in Key Largo.
 IKLFHA requested BOCC to appoint a Committee from residents in Key Largo to have a voice in design and what services they wanted to be in the building. They appointed two citizens and allowed the the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, to appoint 3 members, the Key Largo Civic Club 1 member, the Tavernier Community Assoc.1 member, and the IKLFHA 3 members, each with 1 Alternate. “The Quay Committee” was formed and worked with county Planning staff, consultants and architects.
 Opposed oversized commercial vessels in residential canals.
 Supported Keys water quality improvement initiatives by helping get State Legislation passed to create Key Largo Waste Water District and Election of Independent Key Largo Waste Water District 5 Member Board to oversee construction of plant, sewer installation and operation.
 Endorsed the creation of the Key Largo Fire Department & EMS Taxing District when it was proposed. Supported the Key Largo Fire and EMS Volunteer Department in getting State Legislation passed to establish and elect an Independent Five Member Volunteer Fire and EMS Board.
 Worked to protect and keep the 24 hour time frame in Monroe County Hurricane Evacuation Plan as stated in our County 2010 Comprehensive Plan after Co Administrator Mr. Willi told the Governor and Cabinet at a meeting in Tallahassee it had been cut and approved to 18 hours (in order to get more building permits in Keys).
 Protested and worked to stop an effort by County Commission to raise height and density of building projects in the Florida Keys in 2005 and 2006.
 Supported sensible affordable (employee) housing with opposition to misrepresented projects and the developer packed County Workforce Taskforce Housing Committee and the continued use of outside legal consultant.
 Suggested and helped to get “Inclusionary Housing (employee)” included into LDR’s for large commercial projects on site or off site.
 Participated in grass roots effort to relieve skyrocketing windstorm insurance rates by supporting and promoting the F.I.R.M. organization in Key West.
 Worked with County Planning Staff and their outside Consultants on the Key Largo Livable Communikeys (Key Largo Community Master Plan)and US # ! Corridor Enhancement Plan which was completed and sent to DCA for approval in 2006.
 Participated in the Tavernier Livable Communikeys Plan Process.
 Successfully opposed 380 Agreement Plan between BOCA Developers and County to bypass county rules and policy regulations by proposed transfer of development rights (no transfer across sub-boundary) from Sea Horse mobile home park in Big Pine to Rowell’s Marina in Key Largo to build a huge market rate gated development.
 Active in protecting & preserving the working waterfront for public access, commercial fishing industry and recreational boating.
 Active in trying to preserve and protect the mobile home communities and RV Parks in the entire Keys from being eliminated.
 Active in working to have the County Administrator and County Commission be more conservative in spending. Pay more attention to bulk approvals; hiring of outside extremely expensive by the hour legal consultants and better oversight on county construction sites.
 Opposed the purchase by the county of the Hickory House Restaurant in Key West costing $3.5 million.
 Opposed the $2 million the county took out of the Key Largo Waste Water District infrastructure funding account for the sinking of the Vandenburg ship off Key West.
 Opposed
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HISTORIC FEDERATION INITIATIVES

q Requested BOCC to hear and decide Key Largo issues in Key Largo.

q Did a survey of Key Largo Homeowner Associations as to what they thought our Island needed in infrastructure to request our fair share of tax dollars in the Monroe County Budget ; resulting in majority vote for a Cultural Center and second was a Government Center.

The County Commissioners listened to us and in 2005 purchased the old Quay Bayside Restaurant property in Key Largo.

q IKLFHA requested BOCC to appoint a Committee from residents in Key Largo to have a voice in design and what services they wanted to be in the building. They appointed two citizens and allowed the the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, to appoint 3 members, the Key Largo Civic Club 1 member, the Tavernier Community Assoc.1 member, and the IKLFHA 3 members, each with 1 Alternate. “The Quay Committee” was formed and worked with county Planning staff, consultants and architects.

q Opposed oversized commercial vessels in residential canals.

q Supported Keys water quality improvement initiatives by helping get State Legislation passed to create Key Largo Waste Water District and Election of Independent Key Largo Waste Water District 5 Member Board to oversee construction of plant, sewer installation and operation.

q Endorsed the creation of the Key Largo Fire Department & EMS Taxing District when it was proposed. Supported the Key Largo Fire and EMS Volunteer Department in getting State Legislation passed to establish and elect an Independent Five Member Volunteer Fire and EMS Board.

q Worked to protect and keep the 24 hour time frame in Monroe County Hurricane Evacuation Plan as stated in our County 2010 Comprehensive Plan after Co Administrator Mr. Willi told the Governor and Cabinet at a meeting in Tallahassee it had been cut and approved to 18 hours (in order to get more building permits in Keys).

q Protested and worked to stop an effort by County Commission to raise height and density of building projects in the Florida Keys in 2005 and 2006.

q Supported sensible affordable (employee) housing with opposition to misrepresented projects and the developer packed County Workforce Taskforce Housing Committee and the continued use of outside legal consultant.

q Suggested and helped to get “Inclusionary Housing (employee)” included into LDR’s for large commercial projects on site or off site.

q Participated in grass roots effort to relieve skyrocketing windstorm insurance rates by supporting and promoting the F.I.R.M. organization in Key West.

q Worked with County Planning Staff and their outside Consultants on the Key Largo Livable Communikeys (Key Largo Community Master Plan)and US # ! Corridor Enhancement Plan which was completed and sent to DCA for approval in 2006.

q Participated in the Tavernier Livable Communikeys Plan Process.

q Successfully opposed 380 Agreement Plan between BOCA Developers and County to bypass county rules and policy regulations by proposed transfer of development rights (no transfer across sub-boundary) from Sea Horse mobile home park in Big Pine to Rowell’s Marina in Key Largo to build a huge market rate gated development.

q Active in protecting & preserving the working waterfront for public access, commercial fishing industry and recreational boating.

q Active in trying to preserve and protect the mobile home communities and RV Parks in the entire Keys from being eliminated.

q Active in working to have the County Administrator and County Commission be more conservative in spending. Pay more attention to bulk approvals; hiring of outside extremely expensive by the hour legal consultants and better oversight on county construction sites.

q Opposed the purchase by the county of the Hickory House Restaurant in Key West costing $3.5 million.

q Opposed the $2 million the county took out of the Key Largo Waste Water District infrastructure funding account for the sinking of the Vandenburg ship off Key West.

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