March 13, 2019

ISLAMORADA — Road issues in local neighborhoods and potential changes to land-development regulations fill the March 14 meeting agenda of the Islamorada Village Council.

Village Manager Seth Lawless will brief council members on current status of Carroll Street on Upper Matecumbe Key.

Residents of Carroll Street previously voiced concern that a temporary access gate permitted for rebuilding of the Islander Resort could become permanent, with large delivery vehicles frequenting the single-family home road.

Village staff and council members said that was never their intent, but the access point could be used for emergency vehicle entry.

Lawless also will speak on status of the “church property” on Pearl Avenue on north Plantation Key.

Later in the meeting, Mayor Deb Gillis said she plans to discuss “neighborhood traffic on Indian Mound Trail and Seminole Boulevard,” the two main roads into Indian Waterways subdivision on Plantation Key.

In other issues at the 5:30 p.m. Thursday meeting at Founders Park Community Center:

• First readings are planned for four proposed amendments to Islamorada’s land-development regulations. One could allow residential transferable development rights to certain districts. Another would consider allowing outdoor storage in certain commercial districts along U.S. 1.

• Martin A. Diaz-Yabor has filed an appeal of an Islamorada planning decision for property at 87301 Old Highway on Plantation Key. Details on the quasi-judicial hearing were pending earlier this week.

• Councilman Ken Davis will suggest starting a program “to notify and inform owners of undeveloped property in Islamorada, regarding the maximum buildout capacity.” Under current state law, Monroe County and its municipalities could run out of building permits within a few years.

• United Way of the Florida Keys President Leah Stockton will present the agency’s annual ALICE Report, referencing “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed” residents.