ISLAMORADA -- The Village Council will convene at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, for what figures to be a busy meeting.
Among the items the council is scheduled to consider is final approval of a second $20 million wastewater assessment levy, which would go toward the village's $123 million central sewer project, received unanimous preliminary passage at the council's June 13 meeting.
On the land-use front, the council is slated to take a preliminary vote on the creation of a new Eco-Sustainable Lodging designation in the village.
Proposed by the group vying to develop Islamorada Ecolodge, which would be a 40- to 70-unit resort on Upper Matecumbe Key, the designation would allow for the construction of up to 10 units per acre in the tourist commercial zoning district for projects that meet environmentally friendly standards relating to habitat restoration and building materials.
At present, the village only allows six units per acre in that zoning category.
The planning department has recommended denial of the proposal, and in June the Local Planning Agency voted it down 5-0, citing concerns about creating a regulation with just one property in mind, as well as concerns about the size of the proposed lodge.
But Mayor Ken Philipson said last week that he's inclined to vote for the new designation as part of his overall support of the Islamorada Ecolodge project.
He noted that his considerations extend beyond the prism of land-use planning.
"I have to look at what is in the best interest of the village as a whole," he said. "I look at the tax base. I look at the jobs. I look at the visitors it will attract."
Also on Thursday, the council is once again scheduled to hear Scott Daiagi's request for an administrative variance to build a 325-foot dock off his property near mile marker 89 on the Old Highway. The village typically caps docks at 100 feet.
The hearing was continued from May 23, when Daiagi and his representatives battled it out with neighboring property owners Ron and Mary Fairless, who opposed the dock.
The council meeting will be held at the Founders Park Community Center.