Message from the Manager: Forever Changed
The tragic news of the fatal school shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has undoubtedly changed us as a community as we continue to process this life changing event that hit too close to home.
On February 21, Key Biscayne residents of all ages organized a candlelight vigil near the Monaco Reflecting Pools to remember the Parkland school victims. Residents in attendance wore white in memory of those who died.
Approximately 1,000 children, teens, parents and other members of the community joined in the vigil to mourn. Also present were representatives from the Key Biscayne Police Department as well as elected officials. Students, government officials and religious representatives spoke at the somber gathering. I want to recognize all of the efforts that went into the planning and execution of that peaceful and emotional vigil. It was an unforgettable event for those present and was of special significance to a handful of residents who have friends and family who attended the high school.
The Parkland school shootings mark a paradigm shift in how we will approach student safety in the future and mobilize for more effective gun legislation. Although our police
department does an excellent job in keeping the safety plans accurate and up to date, this horrifying event will force us to step up our public safety plans even further. Our police and fire departments are already trained for an active shooting scenario; but we want residents to know we will act as one unified community moving forward to ensure even greater school safety.
In fact, Village Council took legislative action, in the form of a resolution, which was sent toTallahassee just before the legislative session ended. Considered an act of support, we are pleased to report the resolution was adopted and will become part of the official record.
Lastly, we would like to remind all residents that hurricane season is fast approaching and starts on June 1st. Last year’s experience with Hurricane Irma proved we have solid storm preparedness plans in place and that our recovery times are exceptional. But we also learned many valuable lessons and will take those “learnings” and incorporate them into our 2018 hurricane action plan.
Wishing all of you a safe summer season.
John. C. Gilbert