City's sign committee forming
Key West city commissioners have chosen three of the five members to sit on the newly formed Historic District Signage Task Force.
Lois Songer and Chris Shultz, both business owners in the historic district, were appointed without competition on Wednesday night.
For the seat reserved for a sign professional, the commission voted 4-3 for Carl Reid, of Southernmost Signs, over Scott McCollom, of Key West Sign Co. The Planning Board and the Historic Architectural Review Commission (HARC) also will each elect a member to serve on the task force that will review local sign rules.
Commissioners created the task force Oct. 16.
Parking exceptions could stop
City leaders want a time-out on the practice of granting parking variances to builders and business owners who want to build or renovate a property without including the requisite number of parking spots as required by city codes.
The number of applicants asking for exceptions to zoning rules that govern parking spaces has risen recently, city staff says. Commissioner Teri Johnston asked for the parking exception freeze last month.
City commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved the first reading of the proposal and will consider making it law Nov. 19 with a second formal reading.
At issue is the city's parking crunch, particularly in Old Town.
If approved, the measure will give staff up to 360 days to review solutions to downtown parking.
BIG PINE KEY
Bahia Honda gets busy
Step back in time to the early 1900s and learn the history of the Over-Sea Railroad at 11 a.m. Thursdays at Bahia Honda State Park, 36850 Overseas Highway.
The park offers a variety of activities every day of the week throughout the winter. Activities take place outside and in the Sand and Sea Nature Center.
For more information, call the Nature Center at 305-872-9807.
For more information on Florida State Parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.