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April 15 Board of County Commissioners Meeting

Due to COVID-19 current state of emergency, Monroe County adopted an emergency order to hold its Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Board of County Commissioners meeting virtually to handle any items needed to move the County forward. The meeting can be viewed starting at 9 a.m. via traditional means at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/mctv and on channel 76 on Comcast or channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse, or on the MCTV Roku channel.

The March BOCC meeting was canceled due to COVID-19. Any items that were postponed have been moved either to April virtual meeting or postponed longer until the May meeting, or as needed. Any items that may bring considerable public interest have also been conscientiously postponed due to COVID-19.

For those wishing to provide public comment on a specific issue, the public can view the published agenda and agenda backup at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/meetings or more directly at http://monroecountyfl.iqm2.com/citizens/default.aspx.

Persons wishing to address the Board regarding an item(s) can participate electronically at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/boccmeeting at 9 a.m. on April 15. Once registered as a participant (name and email), participants will have the ability to address the board on items of interest. This can be done by selecting the button on the device labeled “raise hand.” Once the button is selected, the host of the meeting will recognize the participant and allow speaking capabilities. The public can also participate via phone (audio only) by dialing 646-518-9805 and, when requested, enter the Webinar ID# 434 572 051. To comment on an item, pressing *9 will also “Raise Hand.”

If a member of the public desires to submit written or other physical evidence which he or she desires to offer into evidence for items on the published agenda to be considered for this meeting, the documents must include the submitter’s name, address, phone number and email address, and the Agenda Item Number of the item the documents are regarding. The documents must be received in the County Administrator’s office no later than 9 a.m. on Monday, April 13. The documents must be submitted by either email to ballard-lindsey@monroecounty-fl.gov or mail to Lindsey Ballard, Executive Administrator for Roman Gastesi, 1100 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040.

If additional information or assistance is needed relative to this meeting, contact the County Administrator’s Office at 305-292-4441 or ballard-lindsey@monroecounty-fl.gov.

Monroe County offices are closed to the public until further notice. All essential services, like solid waste, social services, animal control, and emergency management, will continue to operate. 

Monroe County Emergency Management

Emergency Management continues to monitor the situation in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health and will continue to facilitate conference calls with partner agencies and the municipalities.

  • Monroe County Emergency Management activated its EOC to Level 2 Partial Activation and is meeting regularly since March 17, 2020.

County Building Department 

Monroe County Building Department (the Department) is closed for permitting, plan review and inspections until further notice with extensions as needed. THIS INFORMATION MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME. During this time, no building permit applications will be processed in any capacity, which includes issuance, revisions, updates, and corrections. In addition, the Department will not be conducting plan reviews or inspections during this time frame. 

In order to offer the ability for existing permitted work to continue we have three alternatives available:

  • PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
  • ARCHITECTS
  • PRIVATE PROVIDERS

The Building Official hereby requests that Professional Florida Engineers and Architects provide inspection services only for job sites with active existing permits for purposes of satisfying F.S. 471.045 and 481.222, if owners chose this option. Private Providers may also offer inspection services as defined below if owners chose this option.

In order to accommodate our customers and their intentions to safely proceed with inspections during this time. The following options are available for active building permits: Inspections may be resumed by the Department once normal operations are reinstated, if a permit holder retains a professional engineer or architect to conduct inspections. Inspections will not be resumed by the Department, if a private provider takes over inspections.

Any permit holder (contractor or owner builder) who requires a 21-day elevation certificate and final elevation certificate, contact Karl Bursa at Bursa-Karl@monroecounty-fl.gov for upper keys or Mary Wingate at Wingate-Mary@monroecounty-fl.gov for lower keys.

If you are interested in having your existing job sites inspected under these three alternatives, while the County inspections are closed, please contact Elba Ramirez at 

  • (305) 295-3993
  • upperkeysinspections@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov
  • lowerkeysinspections@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov

Planning and Environmental Resources Biological  Inspections

The Planning & Environmental Resources Department inspections may not be conducted by an Engineer, Architect or Private Provider. County staff will make every attempt possible to provide inspection services as staff resources are available for issued active permits. Work on an active permit may NOT proceed if a Pre-Clearing Inspection (850) is required as identified on your permit conditions and issued permit card, and was not completed by a County Biologist prior to the closure of the County offices. This effort for ongoing inspections under COVID-19 is to provide a way for jobs already started to proceed. If a job hasn’t started it is on hold.

Other BIOLOGICAL and PLANNING inspections can be requested by email. Please send all requests (both Biological and Planning) to Environmental@monroecounty-fl.gov. Please indicate the Building Permit Number and the type of inspection(s) requested:

  • 863 Erosion/Sediment Control
  • 864 Pre Storm Bury
  • 865 Final Stormwater
  • 893 Final Landscaping
  • 894 Final Biological
  • 895 Final Planning

The Planning Director will determine if inspections can be provided on a case by case basis. We will do our best to complete inspections as staff resources are available.

Flood Inspections

The Flood Department inspections may not be conducted by an Engineer, Architect or Private Provider. County staff will make every attempt possible to provide inspection services as staff resources are available for issued active permits.Please email Karl Bursa at Bursa-Karl@monroecounty-fl.gov for upper keys or Mary Wingate at Wingate-Mary@monroecounty-fl.gov for lower keys.

County Libraries

Libraries are closed until further notice. Drop boxes for returns are available at the branches. Discover the libraries’ digital collections and virtual services at https://keyslibraries.org/self-distancing/.

Monroe County Social Service

Suspended congregate meal sites and transitioned to “grab & go” options. Continuing to offer home delivered meals with the possibility to extend the program to more individuals should the need arise. Still operating MC transit.

Animal Services

Shelters will be closed to the public

  • Staff will continue to work their scheduled shifts at the shelter caring for the animals and responding to emergent animal control calls so they will be available at the shelter.

  • We will put out messaging that instructs individuals wishing to adopt a particular animal to call the shelter. We will interview them over the phone and schedule an adoption meet for an appropriate time. The community will be instructed to look on our website if they are interested in adopting and call for an adoption counseling session which will take place over the  phone or virtual meeting. (Many animals are currently in foster homes so we may schedule face to face adoption meets when this thing goes away)

  • Pet owners wishing to surrender a pet will be instructed to make an appointment by calling the shelter. If they just show up we will have them call the office line and we will instruct them to put the pet in the outside overnight holding area and complete the paperwork. The same will be done for individuals finding lost animals.

  • Pet owners reclaiming pets will be handled over the phone. We will make appointments for the reclaim of the pet and handle it appropriately. The reclaim will take place outside minimizing the interaction inside the shelter.

Veterans Affairs

  • Any veteran who shows symptoms should call the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center at 1-877-741-3400 for triage and instruction prior to coming to the medical center or clinics. The website can be found at: (http://www.visn8.va.gov/ccc.asp)

  • Clients in need of information, email addresses or other contact information can visit monroecounty-fl.gov/va and call Key West at 305-295-5150 or Key Largo at 305-453-8777.