What is Key Colony Beach? If you are a full time resident, seasonal resident or visitor, you know what a special place this is. Not only are you enjoying a tropical paradise, you are among a great group of people that have kept this little island city the “Gem of the Florida Keys” for more than 60 years. We do ask that our residents and visitors protect our beautiful reef environment, the safety of each other and our friendly tropical lifestyle. Our famous sign, “Honestly now, what’s your hurry?” is not just a reminder that you are off the highway, it is an invitation to enjoy our city, by slowing down on land and in our canals; to “share the road” with our many pedestrians, canal boaters, paddlers, swimmers and manatees. Thank you! – Mayor John DeNeale
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“City Clerk Kathryn McCollough Retires”
June 27, 2019
“14th Annual Kids Fishing Derby”
June 12, 2019
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MAYOR’s MESSAGE JULY 15, 2019
Neighbors and friends,
I have many things to update you on since my last posting the end of April.
First, we said a very fond and heartfelt thank you to our City Clerk, Kathryn McCullough who retired the end of June, only to immediately volunteer to be a member of our Code Enforcement Board. We will miss her doing a great job on a daily basis, but happy to still have her as a neighbor and volunteer.
The Staff and Commission are in the middle of the 2019/2020 FY budget preparations that will end with two hearings in September. As you know, our City is still working hard recovering from Hurricane Irma and keeping up with a building boom of close to 30 new residential permits this year. We are also looking at a condo redevelopment that will include 13 additional units across from the Key Colony Inn. KCB is growing fast and changing as our owners bring online more vacation rental houses. These are great challenges for our Commission and Staff to make sure the character of KCB does not change as we grow and add more rentals. The consensus of the Commission at this point is to not raise our millage rate but voted in June to raise short term rental business taxes 20%. City Hall is the only infrastructure project in the budget.
The Commission received qualification packages from five architect/engineers to help us with City Hall project and will be interviewing them in August. We also accepted bids to build and equip our sewer plant’s budgeted new UV building (damaged by Irma) and build our ADA restrooms at Sunset Park.
We have been pushing hard with FEMA and FDEM (Florida Department of Emergency Management) to receive our promised hurricane recovery funding and obtain a decision on our City Hall project. The City has received $139,000 and are close to receiving another $316,000 in obligated funds. Another large amount is the $1.68 million debris removal funds that are at final review by FDEM. Our Administrator, Chris, was in Tallahassee last month and had discussions with them on the three debris removal work packages. I also told our Lieutenant Governor last month, when she was in town, how important it was to receive funding soonest. She and the Governor have pledged to streamline the process.
Regarding City Hall, the Commission will be having a workshop Friday, July 19 at 1pm, where our consultant will brief us on FEMA’s latest decision concerning rebuilding options. FEMA wants us to replace the building two-three feet above base flood elevation and is working on funding for an estimated total project cost of $3.27 million with a decision delivery date of December 2019. Of the $3.27 million, $123K comes from insurance proceeds, $2.36 million in federal net cost, and 393K in state net cost. This is new information that can and will change as FEMA continues their reviews and we provide feedback. I will keep you informed as we learn more and develop architectural plans.
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May 24, 2019
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RFQ Amendment #1 – time extension until June 21, 2019
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2019 State of the City
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The City recently verified four (4) properties advertised on Craigslist without the owner’s or property manager’s knowledge, approval or consent. Use caution when responding to any online advertisements. Please call City Hall at 305-289-1212 ext. 2 to confirm that a Key Colony Beach rental ad is legitimate.