Letter From the Chair – February 27, 2023

Picture of chairs on sandy beach

This past weekend was very busy for a few members of our Steering Committee as we attended events in Orlando. Our Vice-chair, Phill Dodderidge along with our 2 state Committee people – Debra Walker and Dakin Weekly were involved in the Election of a new Florida Democratic Party Chair. The winner was Nikki Fried! We are committed to revamping and rebuilding the FDP!

I was across town attending the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus annual meeting and attended panel discussions all day Saturday. It was extremely interesting, and I made some new friends!

However, we did not get back to our island home until after dark last night. Legislative update and ranting will happen later this week, Thanks to  Jason J. Smith for researching the info on Government meetings.  

Government meeting for this week
Monday February 27

Tuesday February 28

  • The Advisory Screening Committee for a City Attorney will meet at 10am at City Hall, 1300 White St., Key West, to take action on the selection of a City Attorney.
    Please visit http://keywest.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx for further information
  • The Marathon City Council will hold a “workshop” meeting at 4:30PM in City Hall,
    9805 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL to discuss the 33rd Street Corridor, Parking Meter issue
    and Building Permit Fees. For more info: https://www.ci.marathon.fl.us/meetings
  • Monroe County School District will meet at 5pm in the Media Center at Coral Shores High School,  89901 Old Highway Tavernier FL
    For more information visit https://monroe-k12.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=1

Wednesday March 1 

  • THE ISLAMORADA YOUTH COUNCIL will be meeting at the Founders Park Community Center, 87000 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, Florida 4:00PM
    For more information visit https://www.islamorada.fl.us/

Thursday March 2 

  • The Islamorada Village Council will  meet at 3pm in the  3rd Floor Conference Room, located at 86800 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, Florida. 3:00 pm  to discuss the following pending litigation: Mary L. Barley, et al. v. Islamorada, Village of Islands, Case No. 23-CA-000034-P in the Circuit Court in and for Monroe County.
    For more information visit https://www.islamorada.fl.us/ 
  • The Islamorada Village Council will hold their regular meeting at 5pm
    at Founders Park Community Center 87000 Overseas Highway, Plantation Key. There are some interesting things this agenda RE: Property Insurance and some development rights transfers. Here’s the agenda: https://islamoradafl.portal.civicclerk.com/event/110/files

Activist Groups meeting this week

Wednesday March 1

  • The Key West chapter of Drinking Liberally will meet at 5:30pm in the back room at Brady’s (formerly Sally O’Brien’s, formerly Shanna Key) on the corner of Flagler and Bertha in Key West. Great discussions will be facilitated by Jeff and Stuart!

Good government starts at the local level with the involvement of an educated citizenry.

Democracy is NOT a spectator sport!

I hope to see you soon!

Bert Sise/Chair