To my fellow County residents, business-owners and stakeholders,
Monroe County has begun to update its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, which will guide the County’s future policy and budget decisions. The first, critical step in this process is to hear directly from members of the community about your priorities, concerns and vision for the future of the County.
Over the next few months, we will seek your input through a series of community meetings throughout the County, as well as from surveys, including the one attached. The results will provide the foundation for the Strategic Plan update.
This survey asks for your opinions about the services provided by the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners, which has jurisdiction over unincorporated Monroe County, which is that part of the Florida Keys that lies outside the municipal boundaries of Key West, Marathon, Layton, Key Colony Beach and the Village of Islamorada.
When filling out this survey, please keep in mind that Monroe County does not make decisions for those municipalities. Monroe County also has no jurisdiction over other County-wide entities such as the Monroe County School District or Monroe County Mosquito Control.
However, Monroe County owns and is responsible for vital infrastructure throughout the entire Keys, some of which is located within the municipalities. The county’s infrastructure responsibilities include: 2 airports, 23 parks, 5 beaches, 8 boat ramps/launches, a community pool, approximately 312 miles of county roads, 26 county bridges, 5 libraries, 5 fire stations, 3 government centers, 5 courthouses, a medical examiner’s facility, an assisted living facility, 2 senior centers, 2 museums, facilities for the State Attorney and Public Defender’s offices, and scores of facilities throughout the Keys for county operations.
In addition to constructing and maintaining infrastructure, Monroe County provides direct services like fire protection, emergency medical, solid waste and recycling, wastewater and social services to its own residents, as well as funding for over 34 not-for-profit organizations that provide critical medical, mental health, dental, food and shelter, special needs, hospice, senior and youth programs to all residents throughout the Florida Keys, including the residents of the municipalities.
By State law, Monroe County is also required to provide facilities for the State Court system and to provide the facilities for and fund the services of Monroe County’s Constitutional Officers, which are the Clerk of the Court, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections and the Sheriff’s Office. However, they operate independently and Monroe County is not responsible for the services they provide.
Again, thank you for your time and attention. Your opinion matters to us.