Message from the Manager: Making an Impact
Since the last issue of Active Islander, Village staff has been building the groundwork for many pivotal projects and programs as we work to continually improve our Island Paradise.
As we enjoy the spring and summer months, I want to provide residents with an update on our beach maintenance and restoration efforts, as well as our water quality initiatives. I am happy to report that we have continued our beach maintenance activities and increased the service from 5 days to 7 days per week at a cost savings to residents by successfully renegotiating our contract with the service provider.
To improve the water quality at our local beaches, we are working diligently to investigate the issue. We have entered into a collaborative research agreement with the University of Miami, who will conduct comprehensive research and water sampling with the goal of identifying the source of the problem so that we can assess the Village’s role in rectifying the situation.
Beach renourisment also remains a high priority. The Village of Key Biscayne is attempting to be a part of a 50-year Federal Shore Protection Program through a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with other local and state partners. This program will provide for long-term sustainability of the Village beaches. Our goal is to protect our shoreline against storm surge and other types of beach erosion. We recognize that our beach is also one of our most prized resources, and we want to ensure that we have a beautiful, safe and well-maintained beach for years to come.
Lastly, I am looking forward to another Key Biscayne Fourth of July. This is a very special day on Key Biscayne where the community comes together to celebrate our country. I really enjoyed participating in the festivities last year and I look forward to another spectacular parade and fantastic fireworks display.
Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing summer. See you at the beach!