Let’s check in with the Village of Islamorada

The Village of Islamorada has selected a new manager.

Henry Rosenthal, Vice Mayor of the Village of Islamorada, joined Good Morning Keys on KeysTalk 96.9/102.5FM this morning to give an update on the Village.

The Village Council elected Ted Yates from Ohio as manager and he will take over the reins on August 1.

Yates was the mayor and chief executive officer for the city of Twinsburg in Ohio, which has 19,000 residents. He is also an attorney.

The manager oversees all departments in the Village. His salary will be $200,000 a year and his housing allowance will be $4,000 a month.

In terms of the Village, the Fills are three islands to the south of the Islamorada, that have seen some contention over the years, particularly with parking.

Staff members put together some plans for the Fills, including guard rails and time limits on parking.

A call meeting for Village Council to discuss BPAS will be on June 16 at 3 p.m. BPAS is the Building Permit Allocation System.

Rosenthal said, “We only have, I think, 27 left and if we give them to them at the rate that we have in the past, they’ll run out. There will be no more building permits by the middle of next year. I’ve taken the position to extend that to 2025 and just give out a lesser amount each year. We’ll see if I get my way or not.”

The next regular Village Council meeting will be on June 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Founders Park Community Center.

“I encourage the public to show up,” Rosenthal said. “Public participation to me is very, very important.”

To view the agenda for the meeting closer to the date, click here: https://www.islamorada.fl.us/departments/village_clerk/minutes.php