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Florida Keys News - Islamorada/KL Free Press
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Voters to decide on building size restriction in November

ISLAMORADA -- A citizen's group has succeeded in getting enough signatures to put a question about development before Islamorada voters in November.

Petitions submitted by KIPPS, or Keep Islamorada Peaceful, Prosperous and Safe, were certified by the village and the Monroe County Supervisor of Elections on July 11, Village Clerk Kelly Toth said.

The referendum will ask voters if they want to change the village charter to prohibit buildings larger than 10,000 square feet.

The Village Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution to place the referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot when it convenes Thursday, Aug. 21. But the item is largely a formality.

"They have to put us on the ballot," said Beth Kaminstein, one of the spearheads of the petition drive.

KIPPS, which is mainly comprised of northern Upper Matecumbe Key residents, was formed to oppose a proposed mile marker 83.2 Publix.

The Village Council approved the 28,000-square-foot market in December and KIPPS has since sued the village and developer Equity Development Group to block, or at least alter, the project.

The referendum wouldn't impact the proposed Publix or any other projects that have already been approved.

Kaminstein says she's confident it will pass.

"I think the voters are there. I'm looking forward to putting a campaign together," she said.

rsilk@keysnews.com

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