Message from the Manager: Always Improving
With summer just weeks away, I am pleased to report that the months-long Community Center expansion is now complete. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Tuesday, April 18th, as well as a tour of the newly renovated center, which is now equipped with additional program spaces and other numerous enhancements.
The Village Council is close to obtaining the site plan approval for the 530 Crandon Boulevard property, located near the Village’s Civic Center. Council has been reviewing several park plan options for the property and will announce the park’s specific features once the site plan has been approved.
Development of another passive neighborhood park, located at 401 Hampton Lane, will soon be completed, with a grand opening ceremony to take place before the fall.
Village officials are busily preparing for the 2017/2018 fiscal year budget sessions. The budget cycle officially begins in mid-June with the first Budget Workshop. The first and second budget hearings will then take place in September, where, as always, the public is invited to attend and provide their input.
In mid-March, the Village Council directed the Police department to enhance traffic enforcement on the Key. The Police are now conducting a 90-day review and will report back to Council in June with their results. In the meantime, residents and visitors are asked to adhere to enforcement efforts, which include: maintaining slow speeds while driving on the Key and following indicated speed limits, adhering to traffic laws and being acutely aware of golf carts on the road, many of which are being driven by younger drivers. Please remember that any person can drive a golf cart if they are 15 years of age, possess a valid restricted drivers license, and have a licensed adult of 18 years of age or older as a passenger. Otherwise they must be 16 years of age with a valid Florida drivers license. For a complete list of golf cart rules, please visit the Golf Cart Registration and Rules page at www.keybiscayne.fl.gov or contact our police department directly.
I want to wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable summer and to remind all residents to be safe, especially when in or on the water.
John C. Gilbert