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Duck Key Online Community Archive - Year 2004

 

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ARCHIVE - Year 2004

Below you will find a list of flyers, newsletter items, minutes, and other publications on issues of general interest to the Duck Key community. Click on an item for the complete article.

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2004

together with links to archive material for

2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, and 2002.

 

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WHAT'S NEW ON DUCK KEY - Posted DECEMBER 2004

1. Duck Key Community Calendar - December 2004

2. Duck Key's Ladies' Lunch Bunch - Human Interest Story

3. Duck Key's Claudia Milne and Mike Whitaker, 2004 International EMMY Award Winners

4. Drinking water in the Florida Keys is now blended with 5 percent brackish water.

5. Welcome Back Party pictures hosted by Duck Key Property Association - November 20, 2004

6. Holloween pictures at Club Duck Key by Bob Adams

7. Club Duck Key Bazaar November 2004 pictures

8. Club Duck Key - some new members - Robert and Gene Dyer, Frank and Vivian Afshari, Dan Sullivan, Anne and Eugene Francavilla, Mike and Lorene Solomon, Bernard and Christine Seidling, Donald and Jaqueline Gamache, Wayne and Barbara Brown

9. Wastewater News November 2004

10. Recent Legal Rulings - http://www.mattsonlaw.com/pagetwo.htm

October 4, 2004. - Judge Payne's Order on Liability regarding Compensation for a regulatory taking.

October 8, 2004. - Final Judgment on case involving vested rights in mixed use (residential/office) building.

October 30, 2004. - compensation for a regulatory taking.

11. Property Rights - Attorney James Mattson filed suit on November 22, 2004 against Monroe County claiming that plaintiffs (lot owners on Duck Key,Big Pine and Summerland Key) " . . . have been deprived all beneficial use of their lots." Though Mattson has filed suit for just ten plaintiffs, who own 18 parcels of land, he indicates that such takings have affected "some 8,000 people. This is just the tip of the iceberg."

12. Property Rights on Big Pine

Pacific Legal Foundation announced its filing of a temporary takings complaint on behalf of Big Pine property owners against Monroe County.

"No governmental entity, whether by design or bureaucratic indifference, may drag its feet for years, denying property owners the right to reasonably use their property, without due process and a demonstrated compelling public interest,"  

13. Repeat of posted Summer Item - Millionaires, soaring property values, taxes, increased windstorm insurance premiums in the Florida Keys.

 

WHAT'S NEW ON DUCK KEY - Posted OCTOBER and NOVEMBER 2004

1. In Memorium for Donna Janota

2. More on property value increases

Over the summer a link was posted to the Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Spring 2004 Newsletter http://www.realestatefloridakeys.com/pdfs/spring2004.pdf
"Sale price has increased 132% since 1997 in the Lower Keys, the area with the lowest average cost to purchase in the Keys. Key West +133% and the Middle Keys +106%. Upper Keys prices rose 74% in the 5 years since 1999. (1997 stats unavailable)"

A link to the Summer 2004 report is now provided - http://www.realestatefloridakeys.com/pdfs/summer2004.pdf

"Average sale price continues to increase, reaching $495K with a 25% overall increase from Key Largo to Key West. . . . Key West experienced the largest growth with 39% to $672K. The Lower Keys rose 27% to $363K, Middle Keys up 24% to $521K and the Upper Keys with 16% growth to $407K."

3. Several letters appeared in the KeyNoter over the summer on the oversight of setback requirement at Hawk's Cay.

 

WHAT'S NEW ON DUCK KEY - Posted SUMMER 2004

1. Duck Key's Poinciana Trees in bloom on Duck Key

2. Improved Subdivision Masonry designation for Duck Key. Changes made because of State. More details

3. Duck Key Wastewater News plus notice of Public hearings THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, and August 31 2004, 6:00 P.M.

5. Images of Monroe County Commissioners up for Re-election

4. Oversight on Greenbriar Drive - Planning Department overlooked setback requirement on Hawk's Cay employee housing

5 Fran Copeland - Memorial Celebration Pictures - Club Duck Key

6. Some Summer Pictures

7. Pictures of the Peanut Butter Hotdog Party at Club Duck Key

8. Millionaires, soaring property values, taxes, increased windstorm insurance premiums in the Florida Keys

9. Several Postings on the MattsonLaw.com website may be of interest

Go to http://www.mattsonlaw.com/ambrose/appeal/supreme_ct/fl_sc_review.htm for particulars and history.

There you will find background information on the filing of a multi-plaintiff "taking" lawsuit against Monroe County, Marathon, and Islamorada, to obtain compensation for the Fair Market Value on platted lots in the Keys which has be found not to have vested rights. Co-counsels Jim Mattson and Andrew Tobin " expect that taking claims in excess of $800 million will be filed. While this will have no impact on lots on Duck Key if the "taking" lawsuit prevails, the $800 million in claims would affect all taxpayers.

10. Letter to Editor in KeyNoter from Dick Rudell of Marathon which mentions Hawk's Cay expansion.

During a flying tour of the Middle Keys friends ask, "What are those rows of tin roofs down there?" His response "Having long since gotten used to the sight, the question reminded me of just how ugly this sight really is. Other descriptive words used "all ticky-tacky" and "tin roofs all in a row".

Villa owners view things differently and love their Key West style cottages with tin roofs - Go to pictures provided by villa home owner.

11. Tin Roofs may be needed on Yacht Club - Fireworks gave new meaning to words "home of the brave" - On July 13, 2004 at 9 PM during a fireworks' aerial display rockets from Hawk's Cay landed on Ray Pryzbyl's property and exploded. When "the rockets red glare and the bombs bursting in air" subsided, Ray was glad that the flag and his home were still there.

 

 

WHAT'S NEW ON DUCK KEY - APRIL 2004

1. April Calendar

2. Club Duck Key Spring Chicken Dinner Dance - pictures from Fran Copeland

3. Club Duck Key Night in Venice pictures

4. Wastewater Information

5. KeyNoter Editorial - "Sewer systems, costs merit more caution"

"High water costs in the Keys make the idea of re-use attractive, until officials run the numbers on the added expense.

This may be a case where it's far cheaper to prescribe native vegetation that doesn't need regular watering in parks and parkways and forego the expense of re-use systems. "

6. Duck Key Wastewater Advisory Committtee - Marathon Free Press article April 21, 2004

Advisory Committee met with the FKAA on April 7.

7. Upper Keys Reporter article - "Enclosure Inspections move to Phase 2"

Click on the link above for an informative article on the changes and possible impact of Enclosure inspections.

"Inspections take a new form beginning June 1 in unincorporated Monroe County. Inspections will take place prior to the sale of a home . . . . The ordinance says the intent is to identify for county records any nonconforming enclosures and to inform new owner."

 8. Key West Citizen article - In the article, "Hawk's Cay draws interest of investigators", reporter Laurie Karnatz provides a great deal of history on the approval for expansion of the Hawk's Cay Resort.

 "In June 2003, Monroe County officials delivered seven boxes of tapes, videos and documents to the FBI's Key West office in response to a federal subpoena. . . .

Most of the records had to do with Hawk's Cay Resort, the sprawling condominium complex, hotel and marina on Duck Key built by developer Pritam Singh."

 

 

WHAT'S NEW ON DUCK KEY - MARCH 2004

1. March Calendar for Duck Key

2. Pictures from Fran and Bill Copeland - Chili Cookoff

3. Visual Pollution - unsightly temporary communication tower erected in February on Hawk's Cay Resort property. Comment and pictures

4. Madi Gra Party - Club Duck Key - Pictures from Fran Copeland

5. Old postcard image of the Administration Building added to the History section.

6. Next Month - Noise Pollution and why some Yacht Club Island residents are contemplating hiring a rainmaker.

7. Fran Copeland - Pictures of Red Hat Gathering - 2004

 8. Food and Friends Gathering - pictures from Fran Copeland - March 2004

9. Reminder - March 25 - Wasterwater Meeting - Aquaduct Authority letter - Hawk's Cay 7:30 PM

 

 WHAT'S NEW ON DUCK KEY - FEBRUARY 2004

Pictured near the Brown and Root complex on Duck Key.

Cubans landed on Duck Key February 21, 2004
Several residents heard motors of a go fast boat in the early AM

Additional pictures 1 and 2

1. February Calendar

2. Duck Key's Post Office

3. Harry Truman on Duck Key - new pictures and information about Truman plus links to written logs of Truman's daily activities while at the Little White House.

4. Yes, Conch Key's Sewage is coming to Duck Key Subsidy for Conch Key.

5. In light of the above, some items of possible interest are provided below:

Andrew Tobin, Attorney and Key Largo Wasterwater Board Commissioner , wrote a letter to the Key Largo Free Press, in which he stated

" According to the FKAA, tap water contains nitogen of 3mg per Liter. Therefore treating to 10 mg per Liter (Best Available Technology) instead of 5 mg/L (Advance Wastewater Treatment) reduces nitrogen to 95 percent instead of 98 percent which could be insignificant compared to the cost/benefit." Tobin points out that "Operating and maintaining a new AWT system is estimated to cost 60 to 80 percent more than that for a conventional secondary treatment facility."

Link to entire Tobin letter.

Representative Sorenson has asked state agencies to rethink and reexamine their data and conclusion on wastewater. For more information on issues of wastewater in the Florida Keys go to Implementation Report of Chapter 99-395, Laws of Florida (Microsoft Word Document)

6. Other Keys News -

According to a quote in an Upper Keys newspaper, Attorney Lee Rohe believes the County's Growth Management Division has become an advocate for developers.

7. In memorium - Duck Key residents Dorothy and Esther Steinman

8. PICTURES Fran Copeland - Voices for Florida Keys Children Luncheon - 2004

9. Island Clean up - Pictures of Duck Key Property Owners' Association volunteers cleaning up and speading mulch on the island on February 21, 2004.

 

WHAT'S NEW ON DUCK KEY - JANUARY 2004

1. Community Calendar - January 2004

2. Tom's Harbor Keys for Sale at $2.9 Million - The two islands which are southwest of Duck Key's Harbour Island are for sale. These keys most likely were included with Duck Key in 1832 when James Audubon described visiting a group of islands called the Duck Keys. For more about the sale of the Tom's Harbour Keys and some history on a fishing camp planned for them in 1981 go to Tom's Harbor Keys.

A website promoting the sale of the islands provides attractive photos and says,

"Escape the hustle and bustle of city life, become the ruler of your own private island empire, search for buried treasure, conduct your own "Survivor" contest, build the ultimate sand castle, conduct corporate retreats, or skinny dip in complete privacy. Owning a private island in the Florida Keys is only limited by your imagination."

3. Club News - The Club at Hawk's Cay has increased dues at renewal time to $2000. Club Duck Key dues are $1000 plus initial equity shareholder membership cost of $3000. Shareholder membership may be sold if membership is discontinued.

4. Duck Key homes displayed a festive look ths December. Santa toured Duck Key on Christmas Eve thanks to the Conch Key Fire Department. PICTURES

5. Wastewater from Conch Key MAY utilize the Hawk's Cay - Duck Key Wastewater Cooperative Plant - December 17, 2003

" Conch Key in the Middle Keys, however, is still up in the air as it could have a stand-alone plant or secure arrangement with Hawk's Cay Resort on Duck Key to use the resort's existing plant."

6. The Monroe County Oasis provides a list of all property owners, names, addresses and deed restrictions for lots throughout the Keys. The information for Duck Key has been broken down by island and put into html format for ease of use by Duck Key Online viewers.

Center Island which had 398 platted lots will take a bit of time to download. Once downloaded you can copy and paste this information to a word processing application and save it to your hard drive for future reference if so inclined.

Plantation Island - Yacht Club Island - Center Island - Harbour Island - Original Exception lots

7. A Monroe County map of Duck Key in portable document format is also included. The application Adobe Reader will open this map and it is best viewed at 1200%. The map identifies reference numbers utilized by the county. MAP

8. Background material Center Island Land Purchases by Land Trust

9. News Item - Commissioners approved the Duck Key Property Owner's Association request for the funding of mooring buoys with the help of Commissioner Rice. Commissioners express financial concerns should similar requests come before them, but approval was gained thanks to Commissioner Rice's persuasiveness. Homeowners and homeowners associations can obtain permits for marker buoys to delineate the 100 yards off residential shorelines as an idle speed only zone. In addition to the 10 buoys requested by DKPOA, 54 buoys in 10 locations in Monroe County have been approved so far. See December Item

10. Cesspits permits and ROGO - The County Building Permit Allocation System and cesspit credits may slow building on Duck Key. A number of property owners have been granted permits to build on Duck Key, but permit holders are kept from starting construction because they lack a cesspit credit. Cesspit replacement credits are becoming hard to get in unincorporated Middle Keys . Credits are no longer available from the Grassy Key area as that is now part of Marathon. With a waste treatment plant scheduled for Conch Key, cesspit credits won't be coming from that area either for a while.

Individuals may independently acquire a cesspit permit. More than likely Duck Key property owners anxious to build a home will opt to replace someone's cesspit on Duck Key at their own expense rather than wait for replacement to happen independently. The Credit will then be reserved until a ROGO permit is issued. The property owner must be in the ROGO system before a Cesspit credit may be issued. See ROGO.pdf - Monroe County Building Permit Allocation System

 

 

 

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