Sugarloaf Shores Property Owners Association
Sugarloaf Shores Property Owners Association

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Click HERE to update your contact information and securely pay via credit card or PayPal. Checks are accepted at meetings and by mail. 

Note: Voting membership is limited to property owners. Full-time residents who rent may join without voting rights.

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Dear Sugarloafers:

Find answers to frequently asked questions related to Monday reopening of barbershops and cosmetology salons by clicking on the link below.  Also below, is a 3 page document with even more information. 

-The SSPOA Board

 

Click here for information

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Dear Sugarloafers:

MONROE COUNTY TO START ROAD PRESERVATION PROJECT FOR LOWER KEYS COUNTY-OWNED ROADS STARTING MAY 7.  

We understand that the sealant material they are using for the roads is not toxic, but it will stick to a dog’s paws. It’s been recommended that we keep our dogs off the asphalt for two or three days after the sealant has been applied.

Check out the news release by clicking on the link below.

-The SSPOA Board

http://monroecounty-fl.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1334

 

 

Dear Sugarloafers:

Follow link below to view Monroe County directive regarding the phase one reopening which is effective today.

-SSPOA Board

Emergen-EO-20-112-Phase-1.pdf
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Dear Sugarloafers:

Here is a letter sent by the mayors of Monroe County and the Keys municipalities to Governor DeSantis in support of maintaining the checkpoints at the County line.

-SSPOA Board

Dear Sugarloafers:

 

Here is the link for Governor’s Phase One reopening order that takes effect on Monday, May 4 

http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1333

The order is also spelled out below.

 

-SSPOA Board

 

 

 

Monroe County

The Florida Keys

 NEWS RELEASE

April 30, 2020 

Kristen Livengood, Public Information Officer

305-680-8226, Livengood-Kristen@monroecounty-fl.gov

 

 FLORIDA KEYS REMAIN CLOSED TO VISITORS, COUNTY WILL FOLLOW GOVERNOR’S ORDER

 

 MONROE COUNTY – Monroe County remains closed to visitors. The checkpoints at mile marker 112.5 on U.S. 1 and State Road 905 will remain in place and screenings will continue at Key West International and Marathon Florida Keys airports. After detailed discussions with the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, the County will follow the Governor’s Executive Order 20-112. The new order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 4.

 The Governor’s order allows retail businesses to operate at 25 percent of building capacity, but does not allow businesses to provide personal services, such as manicures or haircuts. Restaurants are to operate at 25 percent of indoor capacity. Outdoor seating capacity will not be limited, as long as tables are 6 feet apart and seated parties are groups of 10 or less. According to the directive, bars and bar seating in restaurants must remained closed. Bars are considered a business that derives more than 50 percent of its revenue from alcohol sales.

 Monroe County will keep in place its visitor directive that requires vacation rentals and other lodging establishments to remain closed until further notice. The directive can be found at www.monroecountyem.com/covid19 under “airport, lodging, and travel.”

 The County will continue the directive of using facial coverings in public settings. Senior citizens and individuals with an underlying medical condition are still strongly encouraged to stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

 Checkpoint information can be found at www.monroecountyem.com/checkpoint. The Governor’s Order can be read in its entirety at https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-112.pdf.

Again, these changes go into effect Monday, May 4.

Kristen Livengood

Public Information Officer, Monroe County

Email: Livengood-Kristen@monroecounty-fl.gov

Phone/Text: 305-680-8226

Website: monroecounty-fl.gov

 

 

Dear Sugarloafters:

View the April 27 letter from Key West City Manager, Greg Veliz below.

-SSPOA Board

 

April 27, 2020

 A Letter from Key West City Manager Greg Veliz: 

For the past couple of weeks, the City of Key West has been working with local businesses to develop an outlook for our resilient recovery. Often, although staff is working feverishly, we fall short in relaying these efforts to our citizens. In troubling times, we must do better communicating and reassuring citizens that your City government is moving to restart our economy in a responsible manner. 

Much like our national and state leaders, we have determined that the best way to proceed would be a phased approach. Although we are currently under a restrictive order as it pertains to businesses, we do understand the need to begin to allow our residents to resume some sense of normalcy while exercising personal responsibility and social distancing. To that end, effective Monday, April 27, 2020, the City of Key West will be opening its parks, beaches, and recreational facilities to local residents. While playgrounds and water features will remain closed for now, we hope that by easing some restrictions on public space our residents can enjoy the natural environment Key West has to offer.   Residents are encouraged to responsibly distance themselves from each other while spending time outside of their homes. 

We are closely monitoring all announcements from the Governor so that we can respond in a manner that reflects the unique needs of Key West. We anticipate that we will soon have the ability to lift the closure of non-essential businesses.  These businesses and their customers should expect all the protective measures currently in place at essential businesses, such as masks and enhanced sanitation, will also be necessary. 

It is anticipated “non-essential” retail and personal services will be opened first with enhanced protective measures and continued social distancing where possible. However, the City’s ability to do so is dependent upon the state lifting the current stay at home order.  The City will continue to collaborate with our community to be ready to open businesses when allowed to do so. Understand that the City of Key West whole heartedly supports the maintenance of the informational checkpoint in the upper keys and envision Key West’s businesses serving a local clientele in the early phases of our recovery. 

We understand that these are very difficult times for our residents and that you are depending on your City Government for answers and actions. Rest assured that we are planning our actions based upon public safety and economic stability, and we will provide answers as they become available. As you know the City of Key West acted swiftly in the early days of this pandemic to ensure the safety of our residents and it is our promise that we will act in the same manner as we approach our recovery. 

Gregory W Veliz

City Manager

 

Dear Sugarloafers:

 

Life under coronavirus means staying at home as much as possible — but you’ll likely need to make a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy at some point. Download or print this tip sheet to make sure you don’t bring the virus back home with you.
 
-The SSPOA Board

Dear Sugarloafers:

We have been monitoring the Coronavirus threat over the last week or so. In the interest of caution, we have decided to cancel this Sunday’s SSPOA potluck social.  The virus has been shown to spread with unprecedented speed.  Cases have now been reported in Dade and Broward Counties. We do not think it is wise for SSPOA to host a social event where platters of food would be touched and breathed on by dozens of different people.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

The SSPOA Board

For the most updated and specific information regarding Coronavirus visit website from Florida Department of Health.  http://www.flhealth.gov

 

Also see: http://www.monroecountyem.com/1169/COVID-19-Coronavirus

 

 

For information regarding Coronavirus please visit website: 

http://monroecountyem.com/1169/COVID-19-Coronavirus

 

Dear Sugarloafers:

 
The forecast is for high winds on Sunday.  So we have decided to postpone the SSPOA potluck social from this Sunday until the following Sunday, March 15, from 3 to 5 pm.
 
Sorry for the inconvenience.
 
The SSPOA Board
 

        Attention Sugarloafers-Membership Meeting         Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

The next SSPOA membership meeting will be held next Tuesday, February 25, at the Sugarloaf firehouse.  Social time begins at 6 pm and the meeting starts at 6:15.
The featured speaker at the meeting will be our District 2 County Commissioner Michelle Coldiron.  Commissioner Coldiron has asked some top County officials to join her — County Administrator (CEO) Roman Gastesi, Assistant County Administrator Christine Hurley, Assistant County Administrator Kevin Wilson, and incoming director of emergency management Shannon Weiner.  So we should learn a lot at the meeting about County goings-on.  Also at this meeting we will be voting on SSPOA’s officers and directors for 2020-21 and on amendments to the SSPOA bylaws, and we will hear from the Sheriff’s Office.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

The SSPOA Board

Dear Sugarloafers:

You may have seen an article in the Citizen this week explaining that a bill has been approved by a subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives that would increase the mandatory Keys hurricane evacuation period for residents from 24 to 30 hours.  This proposed change is not based on any scientific analysis.  It is a brazen attempt to allow more ROGO building allocations to be issued so that more vacant lots in the Keys could be developed in order to reduce potential “takings” liabilities when all the remaining ROGOs run out.  This bill, HB 587, is now before the House Appropriations Committee.

The SSPOA board opposes this amendment because it would lead to OVERDEVELOPMENT OF THE KEYS.  We understand that Monroe County is fighting the amendment.  SSPOA recently joined with a number of other Keys organizations to send the letter below.  We urge you to send emails to the members of the House Appropriations Committee in opposition to this increase in the evacuation period.  At the bottom of this email are links to the committee members.

The SSPOA Board 


 

 

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January 30, 2020

 

Dear Members of the House Appropriation Committee:

 

This letter comes from 12 environmental and civic groups representing thousands of Florida Keys residents who oppose any change to the 24-hour mandatory hurricane evacuation clearance time in Monroe County.

 

Mandatory 24-hour hurricane evacuation is a central part of our rate of growth limitation system and is based on emergency management analyses specific to Monroe County’s already dangerous one-road-out evacuation problem.

 

This is a life and death issue for us.

 

Florida Keys Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, Florida Keys Citizens Coalition, Florida Keys Environmental Fund, Inc., Friends of the Lower Keys (FOLKs), Island of Key Largo Federation of Homeowners Associations (IKLFHA), Key Deer Protection Alliance, Inc., Last Stand, Lower Density for Lower Sugarloaf LLC (LD4LS), Save Summerland Native Areas, Cudjoe Gardens Property Owners Association, South Point Homeowners, LLC, Sugarloaf Shores Property Owners Association (SSPOA).

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Travis.Cummings@myfloridahouse.gov

Dane.Eagle@myfloridahouse.gov

Kionne.McGhee@myfloridahouse.gov

Bryan.Avila@myfloridahouse.gov

Ben.Diamond@myfloridahouse.gov

Byron.Donalds@myfloridahouse.gov

Bobby.DuBose@myfloridahouse.gov

Nicholas.Duran@myfloridahouse.gov

Randy.Fine@myfloridahouse.gov

Joseph.Geller@myfloridahouse.gov

Kristin.Jacobs@myfloridahouse.gov

Evan.Jenne@myfloridahouse.gov

Mike.LaRosa@myfloridahouse.gov

Chris.Latvala@myfloridahouse.gov

Tom.Leek@myfloridahouse.gov

MaryLynn.Magar@myfloridahouse.gov

Ralph.Massullo@myfloridahouse.gov

Cary.Pigman@myfloridahouse.gov

Rene.Plasencia@myfloridahouse.gov

Holly.Raschein@myfloridahouse.gov

Paul.Renner@myfloridahouse.gov

Ray.Rodrigues@myfloridahouse.gov

Carlos.Smith@myfloridahouse.gov

Chris.Sprowls@myfloridahouse.gov

Richard.Stark@myfloridahouse.gov

Jay.Trumbull@myfloridahouse.gov

Barbara.Watson@myfloridahouse.gov

Jayer.Williamson@myfloridahouse.gov

Cord.byrd@myfloridahouse.gov

Clay.Yarborough@myfloridahouse.gov

Eric.Pridgeon@myfloridahouse.gov

Trina.Kramer@myfloridahouse.gov

Alicia.Trexler@myfloridahouse.gov

Cheryl.Randolph@myfloridahouse.gov

info@friendsofthelowerkeys.org

SSPOA Comments on Restoration Blueprint
SSPOA Submits Comments on Restoration Blueprint

SSPOA has submitted comments on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s proposed Restoration Blueprint. The comment letter is below. These comments took into account input received from SSPOA members.

The SSPOA Board would like to thank the members of the committee that led the effort to draft these comments, Stephen Patten (committee chair), Julian Adams, Colin Hannaford, Joe Keel, Bill Hunter, and Diego Rouylle. We really appreciate your hard work. And thanks also to all SSPOA members who sent us comments on the Blueprint.
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Census Public Meetings

 

Monroe County will be hosting representatives of the US Census Bureau in a series of public meetings to provide the community with information about the 2020 Census.  If you have questions about the Census process or would like to assist in the Census effort, we encourage you to attend one of these meetings.  The details are as follows:

 

Key West Meeting - Thursday, January 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Harvey Government Center on Truman.

 

Marathon Meeting - Friday, January 31, from 10 to 11:30 am at the Marathon Government Center.

 

 

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Restoration Blueprint Deadline

 

Reminder - The deadline for filing your comments on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s proposed Restoration Blueprint is Friday, January 31.  You can submit your comments online at www.regulations.gov/comment?D=-NOAA-NOS-2019-0094-0001.

 

Dear Sugarloafers:

 

The next SSPOA membership meeting will be this coming Tuesday, January 28, at the Sugarloaf Firehouse.  Social time will begin at 6 pm, and the meeting will start at 6:15. Our featured presentation this month will be given by Jeannette Parker and Susie Nuttall of Florida Fish & Wildlife.  Jeannette and Susie will be sharing with us FWC’s plans for improvements to the recreational areas near Old State Road 4A and the Loop Road and at Sammy’s Creek Landing.

 

During the business meeting we will be covering topics of local interest, including recent developments regarding the proposed affordable housing project on South Point, the Cudjoe wastewater plant, and the County’s plans for raising roads to address sea-level rise.  We will also hear from the Sheriff’s Office.

 

We hope to see many of you at Tuesday’s meeting.

 

The SSPOA Board

Dear Sugarloafers:

 

FEMA recently released preliminary flood maps for Monroe County.  For Sugarloaf Shores, there appear to be no changes from the draft flood maps to the preliminary flood maps.  The most notable differences for our community between the new preliminary flood maps and the flood maps that are currently in effect are that (1) all properties on Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Sounds would be in a V zone and (2) many properties on the Boulevard side and nearly all properties on South Point would be in a Coastal A zone.

 

Next week, FEMA and the County will be hosting several open houses to provide the public with information about the new flood maps and flood risk.  The open houses will not feature formal presentations.  Officials will be available to answer your questions. The schedule for the open houses in the Lower and Middle Keys is as follows:

 

1.  Monday, Jan. 27, 4 to 7 pm at Key West City Hall Commission Chambers, 1300 White St.

 

2.  Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9 am to noon at Bernstein Park Community Room, 6751 5th St., Stock Island.

 

3.  Tuesday, Jan. 28, 4 to 7 pm at Big Pine Park Community Room, 31009 Atlantis Dr.

 

4.  Wednesday, Jan. 29, 4 to 7 pm at Marathon City Hall, 9805 Overseas Highway.

 

Please consider attending one of these open houses.  You may arrive at any time during the 3-hour window for each open house.

 

The SSPOA Board

 

Dear Sugarloafers:

 

Recently a hearing was held before an administrative law judge in which three private citizens challenged the actions taken by the cities of Marathon, Key West, and Islamorada in accepting their shares of 1,300 new affordable housing building allocations (ROGOs).  As we await the judge’s ruling in this case and the likelihood of appeals, concerned Keys residents have organized an effort to protest against the overdevelopment of the Keys. The addition of more building allocations will increase the risk of an unsuccessful hurricane evacuation, adversely impact our water quality and environment, add more costs and risks from sea-level rise, and result in still more traffic each day on the Overseas Highway.

 

For those of you who, like us, are concerned about overdevelopment of the Keys, you now have the opportunity to have your voices heard by signing a petition that will be delivered to Governor DeSantis.  You can access and sign this petition by going to the Friends of the Lower Keys (FOLKs) website - friendsofthelowerkeys.org - and clicking on the star-shaped icon near the top of the homepage.

 

Let’s send a message to our elected officials and the developers that we oppose additional building allocations that will increase overdevelopment of the Keys. Please sign the Stop Overdevelopment petition.  And feel free to forward this email to others.

 

Thank you.

 

The SSPOA Board

 

Dear Sugarloafers:  

 
The SSPOA Board of Directors meeting will be held Tuesday, January 21, at 5:30 pm at 225 South Point Dr. 
 
The SSPOA BOARD
 
Dear Sugarloafers:
 
Thanks to all of you who attended the annual SSPOA Holiday Party at the South of the Seven
yesterday.  Two hundred SSPOA members and their kids and guests attended the party, which
was double our attendance in previous years.  What a great way to usher in the Holiday
Season!
 
Special thanks to Jack Marchant, SSPOA’s Social Committee Chair, who planned the party. 
And to those who worked the front door and printed the name tags — Cindy Urban,
Michelle McCann, Nancy Eldredge, Bobi Perloff, José Pagan (and his guest Peggy),
and Tom Martin.  And thanks especially to Paul and Kris at the South of the Seven,
who did a great job with the food, the drinks, the service, the setup, and even the sign on
the front door.  They really came through in the face of an unprecedented and unanticipated
number of partiers.  Please continue to support our neighbors at the SO7.
 
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy Holidays!
 
The SSPOA Board

 

Dear Sugarloafers:
 
The challenge to the acceptance by the cities of Marathon, Key West, and Islamorada of their shares of 1,300 new affordable housing ROGOs will begin on Monday, December 9, and is expected to continue all week.  The proceedings will start at 9 am each day and will take place in the Marathon City Council Chambers in Marathon City Hall, 9805 Overseas Highway.  Please consider attending all or some of the trial to show your support for Hurricane evacuation safety and our existing limitations on development in the Keys.
 
The SSPOA Board 

Upcoming General Membership Meetings

Social starts at 6pm and meeting starts promptly at 6:15pm

January 28, 2020

February 25, 2020

March 24, 2020

April 28, 2020

 

SSPOA Board 2019-20

President                     Stuart Schaffer                            

Vice President            Jose Pagan

Treasurer                    Michelle McCann

Secretary (Interim)    Carrie Brechtelsbauer                      

Board Member           Tom Martin

Board Member            Bill Hunter

Board Member           Mia Howe (newsletter)

Board Member           Jack Marchant (Social)

Board Member           Mark Tousignant

Membership Committee Chair - Cindy Urban

Beautification Committee Chair - Synda Patten

Marine/Environmental Committee  - Joe Keel

 

Consider volunteering for the SSPOA Board or a committee. Board elections are held in February. Members can join committees at any time. You need not be a year-round resident. Board meetings are conducted monthly and snowbirds and travellers may join by phone.

Thank you for considering service to your community!

 

 

Dear Sugarloafers:

Please mark your calendars to attend the next SSPOA membership meeting on Tuesday, December 3, at the Sugarloaf Firehouse.  The featured presentation at this meeting will be made by Sarah Fangman, Superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, on the Sanctuary’s proposed Restoration Blueprint.  The Restoration Blueprint contains many proposals and alternatives intended to improve the condition of our Keys marine environment.  Among those are proposals to change the existing rules governing access to certain areas of the Sanctuary, including proposals to limit access to some areas that are frequented by Sugarloaf Shores residents.

Please note that we are tweaking the start time of this meeting.  As always, social time will begin at 6 pm.  But the start time for the meeting has been moved forward to 6:15.

 

 

We hope to see many of you on Tuesday, December 3 (the week after Thanksgiving).

 

The SSPOA Board 

News

Update on recent mailbox thefts.  Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Daily Crime and Information Report Nov. 19, 2019  Follow us on Twitter @mcsonews and on Facebook at MCSO – Florida Keys. All of our press releases can be found on our blog at floridakeyssheriff.blogspot.com  Detectives investigating checks stolen from mailboxes in Lower Keys    Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating instances that occurred recently in which checks were stolen from mailboxes on Big Coppitt Key and Sugarloaf Key.    There had been no arrests as of Tuesday.    In each separate instance, the checks were endorsed by the five victims and placed in a mailbox.  The checks were stolen from residential mailboxes on Shore Avenue and Dondi Road on Big Coppitt Key and Sugarloaf Boulevard on Sugarloaf Key.    The incidents were reported to the Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 14, Nov. 1 and Nov. 18.  In one incident reported on Nov. 18 from Sugarloaf Boulevard, a $2,921 check intended for the county property appraiser’s office was stolen and fraudulently cashed.  The Sheriff’s Office urges residents to take their bills/checks to the U.S. Post Office and mail them there.  Anyone with information about these crimes should contact Sheriff's Office Detectives at 305-292-7060. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-471-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward. Tips may also be submitted online at www.floridakeyscrimestoppers.com or via a text message using the smartphone app called P3 Phone. Tips can also be submitted via social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the @CrimeStoppers305 hashtag.

Beautification Committee Plans for Sugarloaf Key

The SSPOA Beautification Committee is formulating plans for restoring the vegetation along our roadway that was lost due to Irma. SSPOA members are asked for their input at this time. The Beautification Committee will present its proposal at the next SSPOA general meeting on April 24, 2018 at the fire house. The overall recommendation of the Committee is to replant all missing trees and to maintain the established pattern and choice  of trees for consistency.     

Phase 1.The replanting of coconut palm trees along the Boulevard. Presently there are 129 trees at the South or East side and 97 on the West or North side. Twenty-eight  trees are missing on the South side.  Five trees are missing on the North side near the power lines and would be replanted depending on the homeowner’s preference.                                    

Phase 2. Replanting of  7 coconut palms behind the South Point Drive entry walls. We will seek permission from Monroe County for grading and laying sod along the Boulevard bike path.

Phase 3. Replant Royal palms on the North side of South Point Drive and bougainvilleas to flank the entry walls. We will also plan to put a sign at the entrance to Sugarloaf Boulevard.

The implementation of this plan will rely on the help of property owners along the Boulevard to water new vegetation and generally be vigilant during the initial establishment period.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Your Beautificationn Committee

mysspoa@gmail.com

 

 

 

Marine Debris Removal

DRC, which is the state’s contractor for the post-Irma marine debris removal project, has contacted SSPOA to discuss the project.  DRC said that it recently spent three days running sonar equipment through the canals of Sugarloaf Shores and found very little underwater debris.  They are aware of the wooden dock with attached shower along the eastern rim of Lower Sugarloaf Sound, which will be removed.  They are also aware of some debris in Tarpon Channel between the Upper Sound and the Ocean.  And they are aware of a small boat on the marine floor at the southeast corner of the Lower Sound (which they are not allowed to remove because it is a vessel).

 

If any of you is aware of any other large items of debris underwater in our canals or in the Sounds, please let us know ASAP so that we can identify them to DRC.

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

 

SSPOA Board

mysspoa@gmail.com

 

Sugarloaf Shores POA collects 14.5 tons of hurricane debris

A community cleanup day in Sugarloaf Shores on Feb. 3 collected 28,980 pounds of hurricane debris. The Sugarloaf Shores Property Owners Association organized the event in conjunction with Monroe County Public Works to concentrate on the island’s two main roads: Sugarloaf Blvd. and South Point Drive. Volunteers collected trash, construction materials and vegetative debris left over from the contracted post-Hurricane Irma debris sweeps. SSPOA, a voluntary organization, represents owners of more than 300 residences and properties on Lower Sugarloaf Key.

Sugarloaf Shores recovers from Category 4 Hurricane Irma

The eye of Hurricane Irma crossed directly over Lower Sugarloaf Key on the morning of Sept. 10, 2017, with winds estimated at 110-120 mph. The category 4 storm uprooted trees, tore off roofs and created up to 3 feet of surge. Fortunately, no fatalities were reported in Sugarloaf Shores.

 

Those who stayed were without electricity and water for many days. Residents were allowed to return to their homes on Sugarloaf on Sept. 17 with a guard at the entrance and a curfew in place. Upon return, most found electricity restored with water available a few days later. Waste Management resumed regular pickup relatively quickly. Internet and cable services stayed dark for many weeks. 

 

Recovery will take many months as homeowners battle with insurance companies and struggle to find contractors. Debris piles will likely continue into 2018 with the contract calling for 3 passes through our neighborhood. Please help maintain clear roadways by placing yard waste and trash in the proper piles for efficient pickup, and then, sweeping up debris left behind for placement in barrels. SSPOA will work with the county to repair landscaping once debris-hauling services have concluded. 

 

Further storm-related information can be found on Monroe County's website keysrecovery.org.  

Deep injection well goes online at wastewater plant

The deep injection well at the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Plant is now operational following authorization from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Beginning Tuesday, May 31, 2017, flows were directed to the well. This marks the completion of the final phase of plant construction.

The Cudjoe Regional Central Wastewater System began with public meetings and design in 2008. Construction of the system began in 2013 and is now nearly complete. A few small neighborhood areas that were added to the project are left to finish. About half of the properties within the system have already connected.

Connections to the system are ongoing, with approximately half of the properties having connected to the system.

Completion of the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System also concludes the final major chapter in the decades-long, Keys-wide effort to complete the Monroe County Wastewater Master Plan and bring centralized wastewater treatment to the Florida Keys.

“It is my great pleasure to applaud my colleagues on the Monroe County Commission and our partner the FKAA for exhibiting stewardship and highest commitment to water quality by going beyond state minimum requirements,” stated Monroe County Mayor George Neugent.

“It has been an expensive and almost 20-year journey to provide central collection and the highest level of treatment to wastewater throughout the County. It will be a great day when all states require toxic and nutrient-ladened waters to be cleansed before being discharged into nearshore waters.”

Engineers present details for Sugarloaf Blvd. bridge replacement

 

The replacement for the Sugarloaf Blvd. bridge will be a wider, single-span structure free of support columns in the canal. At the March 29, 2016, SSPOA general membership meeting, Monroe County Director of Engineering Services Judith Clarke and representatives from Kisinger Campo and Associates outlined plans for the project requested in the fiscal 2017/18 budget.

 

Construction is expected to take nine-12 months, but could be done more quickly if the contractor agrees to working extended hours or if the county structures the contract to prioritize rapid completion. If county commissioners approve funding, construction could begin as early as fall 2017. One lane would remain open at all times with temporary signals regulating traffic flow similar to bridge work on Geiger Key in 2015.

 

Phased construction calls for the western portion of the bridge to be demolished first. As that side is rebuilt, additional curbing and a five-foot-wide hike/bike lane would be added as an extension of the current path.

 

The northside canal wall requires reconstruction to support the single-span bridge. Improved materials allow for a wider bridge of the same depth without the need for supports in the waterway. During demolition, a work barge would be positioned under the bridge, temporarily impeding, but not entirely shutting down access. During the remainder of the project, boats would be allowed clear passage. The new bridge would allow for a ten-foot vertical clearance based on median water level as surveyed last year including during the exceptionally high king tide. Additional sea-level rise considerations are not yet factored in at this early design stage.

 

Water and sewer pipes would be relocated at the beginning of the project and put back in place at the conclusion with disruption expected to be only an hour each time.

 

SSPOA will keep residents informed of developments via meetings, The Sugarloafer, Facebook, www.sugarloafer.org and emails. Please make sure your current email address is on file for these and other important updates. You can reach SSPOA at mysspoa@gmail.com.

 

For more information regarding the bridge replacement plans, contact Ms. Clarke at 305-295-4329 or clarke-judith@monroecounty-fl.gov.

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