Friday, May 02, 2008

Bahama Village Streets

The City Commission will hear a presentation from City Engineer Roland Flowers on Tuesday, about opening up two streets in Bahama Village to access the Truman Waterfront. It's necessary to do this by September in order to comply with the terms of an agreement settling and dismissing a lawsuit filed by TAMPOA, the association of homeowners in the several condominiums inside Truman Annex. against the City of Key West. The settlement essentially decrees that TAMPOA -- the Truman Annex Master Property Owners' Association -- owns the one short block of Southard Street between Thomas Street and can regulate its use in accordance with the terms struck in the agreement. TAMPOA is granted a right by the City to place a gate on Southard Street and to control access to the Waterfront over that street during certain hours. The extent of the control is clearly specified in the agreement.

The U.S. Navy and the State of Florida also assert rights to the use of Southard St. that are separate and different from those the City was granted.

The presentation on Monday is preparatory to a resolution to be considered subsequently by the City Commission that will authorize the City Engineer to proceed to build the infrastructure that will accompany the road building.

Residents of Bahama Village who are in the area between Angela Street and Truman Avenue, from Whitehead Street to Fort Street will, or should, be interested to see the plans, and will have an opportunity to ask questions either publicly in a planned meeting before the City Commission votes, or to Commissioner Lopez and/or City staff.

The Commission meeting is on Tuesday, May 6 at Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street. A group of Bahama Village residents have been advising Commissioner Lopez on how best to manage traffic through the narrow streets of the historic Bahama Village.

Once the City, the Bahama Conch Community Land Trust, and the Florida Keys Assisted Care Coalition complete the several projects that are planned on the 33 acre parcel, the Bahama Village streets will be one of the ways that city residents will connect to the waterfront for fishing, recreation and all of the other activities that will make it a vibrant place.


Anonymous said...

What's the word on the new lawsuit against the city of Key West for 25 million dollars? case # 2008CA678k

This is bigger than duck tours and i understand its going to be a major problem for city...

Robert Kelly said...

Alright, alright. It's on the Clerk site now, filed on 4/29. I'll check into it tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Numerous individuals who could be e-mailed through blogs and websites linked to "The Real Key West" and other blogs got an e-mailed "heads up" on this case. Unless one can read the pleadings, one cannot have an idea of what this is about.
There appears to be no attorney of record. One of the filers apparently had a tourism related business at one time.
At the risk of sounding cynical, they perhaps have joined the ranks of those outsiders who ventured in, unaware of the oligarchical nature of our society here....

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