Virginia Key Steering Committee Ordinance will be heard Dec. 10

Greetings to Friends and Colleagues:

The first reading of an ordinance setting up a Virginia Key Steering Committee  will be heard on December 10th at Miami City Hall. Such a body was first called for in the 2010 Virginia Key Master Plan.and unanimously endorsed by the commission.  We might have saved a lot of other trouble if such a body had been created back then but that’s water under the dam.

This Ordinance has been put forward by Commissioner Francis Suarez with some input from me and several others. I thank him for taking the initiative in putting this forward. While we all will have differences with such a structure and the world is made by compromises, I believe that this is a good first step and we can finally have some independent body examining plans for the entire island – including most specifically the Marine Stadium as well as environmental and recreational elements.

It appears that a time certain to hear the ordinance will be 3 pm in the afternoon of the 10th – though life is never certain and you should double check on the time.

Please read this draft ordinance and, if you feel inclined, support this initiative.  Write a letter to Commissioners telling them why you think such a body is important for the future of the island – and the public interest.

If you have comments or suggestions about the proposed Ordinance you can obviously put them in your letter or contact me, or better still, Comm. Suarez’s Chief of Staff Melissa Stiers at  or 305-250-5420.

Thanks for your attention.

Gregory Bush

Vice President, Urban Environment League



Commissioner Wifredo (Willy) Gort, District 1

3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133

Office 305-250-5430       Fax 305-250-5456



Commissioner Ken Russell, District 2, Chairman

3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133

Office 305-250-5333



Commissioner Frank Carollo, District 3

3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133

Office 305-250-5380       Fax 305-250-5386



Francis Suarez Commissioner District 4

3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133

Office 305-250-5420       Fax 305-856-5230



Commissioner Keon Hardemon, District 5

3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133

Office (305) 250-5390


James McQueen, Chief of Staff


Mayor Tomas Regalado

3500 Pan American Drive, Miami FL 33133

Phone: (305)250-5300        FAX: (305)854-4001




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