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Freebee Tesla Model X in service in Islamorada

A new Tesla Model X Freebee vehicle is providing residents and visitors with transportation service from upper Plantation Key to Lower Matecumbe Key.  The Freebee Electric Vehicle Ridesharing Service began providing transportation on Upper Matecumbe Key in November 2018. The village was able to expand the popular Freebee program to serve all of Islamorada in March 2020 with two new larger electric vehicles that can drive on the highway and cross bridges. The latest addition to the Freebee fleet in Islamorada brings the total vehicles to three, and they all travel the full distance of the village...

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Health officer to brief village on pandemic, large-scale events

Will large-scale events in the village of Islamorada return? Council members will hear from Monroe County’s health officer regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic at a Thursday, April 29 meeting.  Bob Eadie, health officer of Monroe County. CONTRIBUTED Bob Eadie, the top health official, appeared via Zoom during the council’s March 4 meeting. During his presentation, he relayed concerns with the spring break that was approaching then, and the flow of visitors it would bring to the Keys. As a result, the dais was unanimous in extending a halt on the issuance of temporary use permits for events...

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Alliance seeks to keep residents apprised of village issues

A recently-formed “alliance” is setting out to keep Islamorada residents up to date and informed on the various matters happening in the village. Creation of the Islamorada Community Alliance began last year by residents Cheryl Meads, former councilwoman and current South Florida Water Management District governing board member; longtime resident Capt. Ed Davidson; resident Sue Miller; John Kocol, former Island Hammock Pet Hospital owner; and Tom Raffanello, resident who’s running for county commission.  Raffanello said the ICA’s mission focuses on the people by giving them the necessary information...

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More than 80 apply for Islamorada village manager position

A search for the next Islamorada village manager yielded more than 80 candidates from 30 states. A candidate evaluation is underway by the village-hired consultant firm, Colin Baenziger & Associates, to whittle the number down.  Then-manager Seth Lawless resigned for health reasons last summer. That led to the naming of village Finance Director Maria Bassett as acting village manager.  Recruitment started on March 12 and concluded April 9 with 82 applications received by Baenziger. Interested candidates reside as far west as Washington and north as New Hampshire, and backgrounds range from...

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Federal Keys coastal resilience plan enters final stage

A study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers nears completion as various governments confront coastal storm and flood vulnerability in the Florida Keys. With recommendations for shoreline stabilization along U.S. 1, voluntary home raising and  structure floodproofing, fortifying the Keys from future storms and flooding is estimated at $2.6 billion.  Monroe County Board of County Commissioners recently gave the go-ahead to sign a letter of support to accept the $3 million, federally-funded feasibility study, which started in 2018. A final version of the study was presented to government officials...

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