A health worker will notify the village of large-scale pandemic events
Will large-scale events in the village of Islamorada return? Council members will hear from the Monroe County health official on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic at a meeting on Thursday, April 29.
Bob Eadie, the top health official, appeared via Zoom at the March 4 board meeting. During his presentation, he shared his concerns about the upcoming spring break and the flow of visitors it would bring to the Keys. As a result, the podium was unanimous in extending the suspension of the issuance of temporary use permits for events until June 1.
Council members initially approved an event restriction to April 1 when they gathered for their first meeting together in November.
Across the county, the average new COVID-19 cases are 10 per day. In Islamorada, a total of 241 cases have been observed since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
The availability of vaccines has also increased since March, so much so that health care providers are waiting for people to come to be vaccinated. More than 34,500 residents of Monroe County have received the vaccine, of which just over 23,000 have completed their series and 11,500 have received their first vaccine.
A temporary suspension of large-scale events affected the massive Upper Keys Rotary Club Nautical Flea Market in Founders Park and the island’s annual festival hosted by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce. The third Thursday Artwalks on Morada Way, the Baygrass Bluegrass festival and full moon parties were also affected by the decision.
Deputy Mayor Pete Bacheler has said that if he would like to see events return, he will defer to the health department and Eadie.
“We just don’t know yet. Now they are talking about variants, ”he said. “What I love about the Keys is that we’re far away and we’re not on the map. In Miami, they are walking around different issues. Here we are a bit more relaxed and comfortable as we don’t have an influx of potential dangers like big cities. ”
Councilor Mark Gregg said he too would wait to hear a recommendation from Eadie.
“If he says it’s safe, I trust his opinion,” he said. “He’s conservative and knowledgeable. The other thing is that more and more people are getting vaccinated. “
In other cases, council members will consider a work authorization resolution between the village and CPH Inc. for improvements to Green Turtle Hammock. The first phase of work on the property, which saw the demolition of a house, was completed in March 2020. The second phase of the capital project, the completion of the conceptual design, was completed in February 2021. The design and obtaining of improvement permits is the next phase.
The remaining elements of the project include an ADA-compliant kayak launch pad, improved access from the upland area to the waterfront, a waterfront lodge / lookout tower, restrooms and a improved parking area.
Another resolution will be submitted to council to approve the ranking and assignments of the residential building permit system for the first quarter of 2021. Twenty-two market rate allocations have been made available for 2021 through the BPAS , and five market rates without land allocation are available for one year. At the end of the first quarter, 71 applications for market-rate housing without land cession were pending allocation.