A preview of Islamorada’s Thursday, April 12 council meeting’s agenda shows a light but potentially productive evening in local government.

The council will first determine how best to dispose of old Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA) that were replaced by Islamorada Fire Department last year. Village staff have recommended the units be donated to Madison County, Florida.

The agenda outlines two resolutions the council will vote on. The first is whether to approve an agreement between the Village of Islamorada and Florida International University to provide water quality testing. Islamorada was awarded $50,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund the water testing. The water testing will be a way for village officials to track the state of a canal’s “health” by measuring the abundance of bottom-dwelling plants, animals and other organisms, according to the village’s website.

The second resolution is on recommendations made by the village’s committee tasked with selecting a contractor for affordable housing at one specified location, and unspecified future locations, in Islamorada.

The council will also hear from a resident requesting administrative relief for a Plantation Key property currently in the village’s building permit allocation system. Among other things, the system regulates the rate of growth in the village and encourages affordable housing development and redevelopment.

The meeting will wrap with updates regarding the extension of a 90-day fee waiver for Tavernier residents at Founders Park and the installation of “No Parking” signs at Sunset Drive in Lower Matecumbe.


– Weekly Staff Report

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