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Duck Key Online Community Archive - Year 2003

 

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ARCHIVE - Year 2003

Below you will find a list of flyers, newsletter items, minutes, and other publications on issues of general interest to the Duck Key community. Click on an item for the complete article.

Community archive material has been separated by year. This page contains information for

2003

together with links to archive material for

2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2002.

 

 

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WHAT'S NEW ON DUCK KEY - DECEMBER 2003

December 2003 Calendar

Security District Advisory Board Minutes below reflect developments of last May and June. In December of 2003 - Hawk's Cay Resort and Hawk's Cay Village decided to form their own security district on Indies Island rather than join with the existing district protecting residential islands.

Minutes of Duck Key Secuirty Advisory Board Meeting - May 30, 2003

Minutes of Duck Key Security Advisory Board Meeting - June, 2003

 

Added December 12

Friends and Food Book Discussion Group Holiday Pictures

Public Hearing December 17, 2003

Request by Duck Key Property Owners Association for utilization of Boating Improvement Funds to install ten no wake buoys at specified locations - and two wake signs to be installed on docks - Permit and map - Portable Document Format

Request by Hawk's Cay to amend Development Order to relocate two previously approved units - Portable Document Format

Approval of an agreement for build out beyond expiration date of January 2004 for DRI - Hawk's Cay Expansion - Portable Document Format

 

WHAT'S NEW ON DUCK KEY - - ADDED NOVEMBER 2003

1. November 2003 Community Calendar

2. "Water, Water Everywhere and not a drop to drink"

The above quotation attributed to author Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772&endash;1834) was made famous in his work, The Ancient Mariner. Part ii., but what has that to do with Duck Key and the Greater Florida Keys? Potable water in the Keys is piped by the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and traditionally its source has been the Biscayne Aquifer.

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) recently conducted a test by blending up to 6 percent of the brackish water from Floridan Aquifer with the pristine water of the Biscayne Aquifer which residents are use to drinking.

The source of this water according to Jim Reynolds, executive director of FKAA is a 1,500 foot deep well that has been drilled "and we have to do flow tests and pump a lot of water out of the well to see how it reacts." The water which apparently could not be dumped on the ground or put into a sewer system had to go someplace. "The only place it can go is in the water plant," Reynolds said.

For more on this mixing of water, read Anne Henson article from the Upper Keys Reporter.

 

3. Some interesting history on the lack of water in Keys' Bygone days "by Jerry Wilkenson may be found at

http://www.mattsonlaw.com/history/1935_1976.htm

4. A September 9, 2003 article from the Miami Daily Business Review on land development and property rights in the Keys, made reference to Duck Key lot owner Samuel Burstyn. Burstyn would like to build on his Duck Key property someday or be compensated by the County. The article provides background on what is known as the Ambrose lawsuit. According to Mattson, "This lawsuit, if . . . successful, will eliminate any [growth] cap and allow everyone to use their property, or the local governments will have to buy them out."

The article may be found at Attorney Mattson's website at

http://www.mattsonlaw.com/ambrose/miami_business_review.htm

Added December 2003 - The Third District Court of Appeal reversed the Final Summary Judgment in Monroe County v. Ambrose, et al., on December 10, 2003.

http://www.mattsonlaw.com/ambrose/ambrose_update.htm

 

WHAT'S NEW - ADDED IN AUGUST 2003

1.

Report and Tier Maps prepared by: K. Marlene Conaway, Director,Maureen Lackey, Sr. Planner, Maureen Meehan, Planner, Rob Will, Planner

Map mile m arker 21-40

Map mile marker 59-73

Map mile marker 91-110

 

2. Nelson's suggested permit fees to add an average of $34,000 for Tier I, $50,000 for Tier II and $85,000 for Tier III

News article from the Upper Keys Reporter

Commissioner Nelson letter suggesting permit fees

 

3. June 3, 2003 - Duck Key Security Advisory Board Meeting held at 9 AM , County Government Annex, Marathon - Follow-up meeting on earlier motion regarding expansion of the Security District to include Indies Island properties. Consideration given to 24 hr./7 day week security, security booth on Duck Key Drive, video surveillance, Monroe County Sheriff's substation.

Notice to be sent to all property owners indicating a mailed ballot will be distributed to property owners at a future date to allow for a vote in February 2004. This provides sufficient time for property owners to become informed, for Duck Key Property Owners Association to distribute literature on expansion issues and for possible discussion at its annual meeting in January of 2004.

Related Items:

Letter to Tom Neville from DKPOA - 5-28-2003 - page 1 and page 2

Letter to Alene on Security District vote - 5-30-2003

Original 1992 Security District Ordinance -

The Ordinance text reads, "The Advisory Board shall recommend, with the approval of a majority of a quorum of property owners, whether in person, by proxy, or by absentee ballot, and the Board of County Commissioners may approve, the actions of the Duck Key Security District. "

Security District Contract and Renewal

4. State rules for golf carts and low speed vehicles applicable to Duck Key

5. Duck Key Deed Restrictions and Exceptions

6. Added story of Bonefish Brigade and bonefish recipe to Zane Grey history

 

   

WHAT'S NEW ON DUCK KEY - ADDED JULY/AUGUST 2003

1. Taxes - Good News and Bad

Some Duck Key residents can look foreward to limited tax raises thanks to an increase in tax values in Monroe County.

Monroe County's tax base has increased by $2 billion in the last two years, because of new construction and home valuations that are soaring in market value. Since 1997 the market value of property in the Keys has almost doubled and is now 20.4 billion dollars. In that same time span the cost of a home that sold for $200,000 has risen to $464,000.

Not all Duck Key property owners will benefit from limited tax raises.

Homesteaded properties on Duck Key benefit disproportionately from such property value increases because their tax increases are limited to a 3 % cap or the Consumer Price Index change, whichever is less as mandated by Florida Save Our Homes legislation.

Owners of homes that are not homesteaded plus all commercial property such as Hawk's Cay Resort and villa owners will see higher tax increases than homes protected by the 1992 Save Our Homes Ammendment 10 to the Florida Constitution.

Residents of unincorporated Monroe County will see increases in county property taxes ranging from 4.6 to 7 percent next year. Homeowners in Marathon could face a 26.44 increase in county taxes*, and those on Conch Key will likely see a 19.5 percent increase primarily because of new wastewater levies.

*The City Council of Marathon at a budget workshop at a later date pared down the tax of $296 for every $100,000 of property value to $249 per $100,000.

 

2. Moratorium - Possible referendum and more taxes - Commission votes down proposed building moratorium on sensitive lands by a 3-2 vote

Commissioners are reluctant to move ahead on a building moratorium without a funding source for buying undevelopable land. The Monroe Board of County Commissioners foresees lawsuits from developers, but the county must adopt measures soon or face sanctions from the State.

County Commissioner Murray Nelson believes taxpayers could provide an answer to the funding problem. Nelson suggested that the county have " . . . a referendum to see if the residents of Monroe County support buying these environmentally sensitive lands." Proposals todate entered by various Commissioners to fund the purchase of conservation land in the county are

1. raising the local gasoline tax by four cents
2. a special property tax to purchase Tier 1 lands.
3. used of existing infrastructure tax, which qualifies for matching state funds.

For more on this topic go to

Commission Meeting July - 2003

3. Is ROGO Dead?

The Rate of Growth Ordinance governing Monroe County is not dead yet, but if Attorney Mattson of Key Largo is successful it will be. Attorney Mattson won a lower court verdict from Judge Payne and now the County is appealing the ruling

Mattson spoke to the Commissioners at their August 20, 2003 meeting and told the commissioners they'd need $500 million to buy privately held sensitive areas and another $500 million for temporary taking damages. "I wish you guys would adopt this [moratorium]," Mattson said, " because I need the work,"

For particulars on the Ambrose case and what the decision means if it is affirmed by the appellate courts go to Web pages at

http://www.mattsonlaw.com/ambrose/ambrose.htm

http://www.mattsonlaw.com/ambrose/appeal/appeal.htm

 For additional information on ROGO's future go to Upper Keys Reporter article by Ann Henson

Added December 2003 - The Third District Court of Appeal reversed the Final Summary Judgment in Monroe County v. Ambrose, et al., on December 10, 2003.

http://www.mattsonlaw.com/ambrose/ambrose_update.htm

4. Hawk's Cay stay draws the attention of Congress

Recruiters under contract to the Transportation Security Administration used Hawk's Cay Resort on Duck Key as a center for hiring airport security screeners. Several Congressmen have raised the question why the private recruiters found it necessary to work out of such lush resort accommodations.

5. Ocean Reef is Exempt from ROGO

The explanation given in the Florida Keys Carrying Capacity Report is "The Ocean Reef area of north Key Largo is exempted from the ROGO system due to its proximity to Card Sound Road, an alternate evacuation route." Is this explanation to be believed? Attorney Mattson states, "Just ask why Ocean Reef Club was exempted from ROGO in 1992. Was it because the County was afraid the wealthy property owners at the Reef could afford lawyers to fight the ROGO? "

To read what Mattson thinks more go to http://www.mattsonlaw.com/

 

6. Mary and Wayne Moccia - San Juan Islands and more - Slideshow of vacation - summer 2003

A large file to download if you do not have DSL (direct line service), but this is a remarkable collection of pictures taken by Wayne and Mary Moccia, Duck Key residents. The file has been placed in the Community Homepage section of this website. To view this slideshow in automatation you need Adobe's Image Viewer Plug-in. The slideshow document itself should help you download this free software from Adobe. It may also be viewed by using Adobe's Acrobat Reader, a software program which is found on most computers, but the slideshow will not be automated and you will need to advance from slide to slide manually.

 

WHAT'S NEW : ADDED IN JUNE 2003

1. Building Moratorium and possible change of tier designation for Center Island

News article in the Keynoter - 6/7/2003 - Commission to consider partial moratorium with July deadline for complying with Keys capacity study - moratorium would apply to unincorporated parts of Monroe County.

Tim McGerry, Director of Growth Management - letter to Mayor Spehar on Duck Key and Tier System

Monroe County Tier map for Duck Key as of 6/16/2003

Resolution No. P26-03 - pages 1 and 2, pages 3 and 4

Draft of Tier System and Regulatory Changes  - dated 4 -16-2003 - page 1

Draft of Tier System and Regulatory Changes  - dated 4 -16-2003 - page 2

Draft of Tier System and Regulatory Changes  - dated 4 -16-2003 - page 3

 

 

WHAT'S NEW : ADDED IN MAY 2003

1. News Item - Aquaduct Authority - Residents of Duck Key may experience a slight increase in taste and odor of chlorine in water between April 28 and June 2. This is due to a water distribution purge in the system throughout the Greater Florida Keys and a change in the disinfection process for the potable water supply. Customers on dialysis should contact physician and customers with aquatic tanks should consult a professional aquartist.

2. Pictures Tiki Tuesday "Bootleg at the Speakeasy" Party - Club Duck Key - April 2003

3. Pictures of Fish Fry - Club Duck Key - March 2003

4. Pictures of CDK Open House April 2003

5. Photos of Cheeseburger in Paradise Party - April 2003 - CDK

6. News Item - An item in the Village News of the Village of Hawk's Cay Property Owners' Association reports

"New sidewalks and Bike Paths - At a meeting with the county Commissioners and manager of public works, Duck Key will be receiving a lighted bike path sidewalk system. We are working toward a bike path installed along both sides of Duck Key Drive - the main road entering the island from the highway. The county is also planning to install a bike path throughout the private residential section of the island - extending past the Village of HawK's Cay."

 

 

WHAT'S NEW : ADDED IN APRIL 2003

April 2003 Community calendar

 

WHAT'S NEW : ADDED IN MARCH 2003

1. March 2003 Community calendar

2. Pictures of Club Duck Key Events in the Home Page section

3. Duck Key Property Owners' Association February/March Newsletter

 

WHAT'S NEW : ADDED IN JANUARY 2003

1. In Memorium - Carol Parker

2. January 2003 Community Calendar

3. Club Duck Key By-laws

4. Duck Key Security Board Advisory Minutes - September 2002 meeting

5. Food and Friends Schedule

 

 

Duck Key Security District 2003 and older

 

Security District Funding Monroe County Budget - Actual 2002, Adopted 2003. Proposed 2004 and Carry over from 2003

Security District Letter - June 2003

June 3, 2003 - Duck Key Security Advisory Board Meeting held at 9 AM , County Government Annex, Marathon - Follow-up meeting on earlier motion regarding expansion of the Security District to include Indies Island properties. Consideration given to 24 hr./7 day week security, security booth on Duck Key Drive, video surveillance, Monroe County Sheriff's substation.

Notice to be sent to all property owners indicating a mailed ballot will be distributed to property owners at a future date to allow for a vote in February 2004. This provides sufficient time for property owners to become informed, for Duck Key Property Owners Association to distribute literature on expansion issues and for possible discussion at its annual meeting in January of 2004.

 

Related Items:

Letter to Tom Neville from DKPOA - 5-28-2003 - page 1 and page 2

Letter to Alene on Security District vote - 5-30-2003

Original 1992 Security District Ordinance -

The Ordinance text reads, "The Advisory Board shall recommend, with the approval of a majority of a quorum of property owners, whether in person, by proxy, or by absentee ballot, and the Board of County Commissioners may approve, the actions of the Duck Key Security District. "

 

 

Security District Letter - May 2003

Security District Contract and Renewal

MINUTES OF ADVISORY BOARD MEETING - June 2002

MINUTES OF ADVISORY BOARD MEETING - March 2002

MINUTES OF ADVISORY BOARD MEETING - January, 2002

MINUTES OF ADVISORY BOARD MEETING - February 2, 2001

MINUTES OF ADVISORY BOARD MEETING - May 30, 2000

MINUTES OF ADVISORY BOARD MEETING - November, 1999

MINUTES OF ADVISORY BOARD MEETING - March, 1997

MINUTES OF ADVISORY BOARD MEETING - June, 1997

MINUTES OF ADVISORY BOARD MEETING - January, 1998

MINUTES OF ADVISORY BOARD MEETING - November, 1998

 

 

 

 

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