Special city meeting on pier
City commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the Navy's final offer on leasing its Outer Mole Pier for cruise ship docking. Commissioners Wednesday night postponed a vote on the proposed lease, in which the Navy requests a minimum payment of $225,000 a year from the city regardless of how many cruise ship passengers come through.
The city's lease of the Navy's pier expires Jan. 31. No more negotiations will be held, officials in the Navy's Jacksonville office told city officials last week.
FIRM addresses issues
The insurance watchdog group Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) will hold a reception Tuesday to discuss federal and state insurance laws.
State Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, will also be in attendance to address the crowd and answer questions.
The reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Southernmost Mansion, 1400 Duval St., Key West.
FIRM President Heather Carruthers and Executive Director Chic Wagner will provide updates on federal flood insurance issues. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be included.
Arts center exempt from fees
City commissioners voted 5-1 Wednesday night to waive application and permitting fees for The Studios of Key West as the nonprofit arts center moves forward with renovations to the former Mason building the Studios bought in October.
The exemption is good up to $10,100, and includes waivers for fees on planning variances, an alcohol sales exemption, and other city orders.
The Studios paid $2.2 million for the building at 533 Eaton St., with plans to renovate and reopen before the fall season starts.
Commissioner Mark Rossi was the lone dissenter in Wednesday's vote for the fee exemptions.