Florida Keys News - Islamorada/KL Free Press
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Contract change, parking space rules on agenda

ISLAMORADA -- The first proposed change to the village's sewer contract with Reynolds Water Islamorada and the first of what could be a series of measures to ease development restrictions in Islamorada are on the agenda for this Thursday's Village Council meeting.

The change to the sewer contract, adding $94,000 to the $90.9 million agreement, would be used by Reynolds to conduct a pavement survey in north and middle Plantation Key -- a process that would allow the company to determine how much it would cost to repave roads after they are trenched.

Under the current contract, Reynolds will merely patch trenched areas once the sewer pipes are installed, rather than overlay entire roadways. But the contract does include an $8.5 million provisionary allowance for full repaving villagwide. The change would increase the village's contract with Reynolds to $90,994,000.

On the planning front, council members are scheduled to take the first of what would be two required votes on an ordinance that would allow boat slips to be credited as parking spaces for development purposes. The credits would only apply to slips that restaurants, marinas and other business specifically designate for short-term dockage.

The ordinance, which won unanimous support from the Islamorada Local Planning Agency last week, is the first measure council members will vote on as part of their push to make permitting and planning reviews more efficient and less burdensome.

Also at the Jan. 24 meeting, the council is slated to discuss ways to improve enforcement of the village's vacation rental law. The discussion comes two weeks after Lou Quirch, who holds one of the town's 331 available vacation rental licenses, complained at a meeting that people are advertising their unlicensed properties openly on the Internet and getting away with it. License holders pay $1,000 annually. At present, the village has only one code enforcement officer, Shane Suddreth. He is charged with dealing with all city code matters, not just policing vacation rentals.

The council is also scheduled to take a preliminary vote on an ordinance updating lighting and other rules designed to protect sea turtle beach nesting sites.

Finally, council members are slated to consider a request from the developer of a long-planned eight-home community to put a gate on the public Gimpy Gulch road that will lead to the development. The nascent development is to be located immediately south of the Founders Park beach.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Founders Park Community Center.

rsilk@keysnews.com

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