Monday, March 3, 2014
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Comprehensive plan findings now available online

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is releasing updated documents online for the Comprehensive Plan Update project, specifically the amendments to the 2010 Comprehensive Plan.

The county's 2010 Comprehensive Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) was completed and adopted by the BOCC on May 22, 2012. The EAR yielded 127 recommendations to update the plan relating to issues such as county-wide visioning and planning, economic sustainability, redevelopment, water dependent/water related uses, promoting alternative modes of transportation, natural resource protection, climate change, affordable housing, public involvement/information and intergovernmental coordination.

Additionally, the EAR identified outdated or no longer applicable objectives and policies.

The plan update is the culmination of a three-year process which included extensive participation and input from the public, county staff, stakeholder groups, local, regional and state agencies, the county's Planning Commission, and county commissioners.

The documents can be reviewed at


Nominate outstanding teachers by March 21

The Monroe County Environmental Education Advisory Council (MCEEAC) will recognize outstanding full-time Monroe County teachers who incorporate environmental education into academic lessons, using a multidisciplinary approach.

To be eligible, nominees must hold a teaching certificate and be teaching in a Monroe public, charter or private school. There are two categories: Elementary K-5 and secondary 6-12.

Administrators, teachers, students and community members are urged to submit nominations. Self nominations are also accepted. Complete the online nomination form at See the website for detailed information. Photos and other evidence of teacher projects are encouraged.

Completed nomination forms can be emailed to or mailed to Monroe County Environmental Education Advisory Council Attn: EE Teacher of the Year Award PO Box 430397, Big Pine Key, FL 33043 by March 21.

Winners will be announced before the end of the school year and will receive a plaque and cash award.