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Garbage Cans - Let’s follow the rules! Are you tired of seeing garbage containers on the street long before and long after scheduled pick-up? How can we better inform owners and renters of the rules?  How can we enforce the rules?  There must be an answer! Let’s find it.

Competitive Bidding: There have been so many questions and concerns about competitive bidding requirements.

Through a competitive process, Islamorada creates a “library” of companies that provide various goods and services the Village may need.  They sign continuing service agreements with those selected for the “library.”

Why not:

  • Provide a list online of the various providers that get approved for the “library?”
  • Get a legal opinion as to which goods and services can be provided without specific competitive bidding for the actual project.
  • If competitive bidding is not required, request proposals for goods/services from all those in the appropriate library, not just one.
  • Review the $25,000 threshold.

    Council Member Projects: The council is responsible for creating policies and regulations that affect the Village residents and businesses. Wouldn’t it also be advantageous if council members report on projects they spearhead? The council is responsible for creating policies and regulations that affect the Village residents and businesses. Wouldn’t it also be advantageous if council members report on projects they spearhead? Henry Rosenthal got Publix to agree to purchase cloth bags with Islamorada logos to hand out free of charge.  This is their effort to reduce the use of single use plastic for bagging groceries.  Thank you, Council member Rosenthal, for this effort. Vice Mayor Mahoney got community surveys started and got a “final” Fills workshop scheduled. Thanks, Vice Chairman Mahoney.

    Quasi Judicial Hearings: Especially for major conditional uses, there is frequently a significant amount of testimony presented at the hearings. Often too much to absorb immediately.  A second public hearing would provide a better opportunity for those involved to react to the testimony.  A second hearing would better assure the best decision is made.

    Committees: While the council approved a new  citizen committee selection process, more should be considered.

    • Assure the committees have assignments that make them as effective and useful to staff and council as possible.  

    • Provide better public knowledge and involvement by posting agendas, minutes, and meeting notices. Provide videos to review meetings.

    • Review the list of committees and consider new committees that may be useful: oversight, finance, ethics, code compliance, Senior Citizen

      Financial reports: Shouldn’t monthly financial reports  be available on the Village website with detailed revenue and expenditure line items.  

      New Website: How about a seminar for the public so residents can learn how to use the features of the new Village website!

      Charter change: to elect council members - top candidates are elected, no specific seats, no specific opponents.

      Transparency: Provide full planning application files on the Village website when processing planning application.

      Bring back “ACTIONS AND POLICIES STATUS REPORT”, a “to do list” of the tasks the staff was working on, as directed by Council. 

      Public Comment: Allow public comment during Council, Manager and Attorney Communications at the beginning of Council meetings.

      Our vision

      To enhance the community of Islamorada by preserving the quality of life of the residents as well as the beauty and vitality of the native ecosystems and to stop any further degradation of our community from over-development.

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      To provide the Islamorada residents with information about events occurring in our community that will impact our quality of life, preservation of our native ecosystems, land development, lawful and transparent governance.


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      P.O. Box 1507

      Tavernier, FL  33070-1507

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