Weekly News update from KB Independent

Nov. 20, 2023

Moss asks that ‘let it flood’ option be studied in Big Dig plan 
In an effort to leave no stone unturned in getting the lowest price possible, engineers are being asked to study what might be called a ‘let it flood’ scenario for fighting rising seas and persistent street flooding in Key BiscayneThe newest option, which came at the request of Council Member Brett Moss, would allow for so much street flooding that only emergency vehicles could traverse village streets at the peak times of a deluge. Streets would be filled with as much as 14 inches of water not to exceed 12 hours.To be clear, the bargain-basement concept wasn’t recommended by Village staff – it’s just another “what-if” to be considered before a January vote on the next step of the Big Dig projects, which have been delayed for months. Read more
Moss asks that ‘let it flood’ option be studied in Big Dig plan 
In an effort to leave no stone unturned in getting the lowest price possible, engineers are being asked to study what might be called a ‘let it flood’ scenario for fighting rising seas and persistent street flooding in Key BiscayneThe newest option, which came at the request of Council Member Brett Moss, would allow for so much street flooding that only emergency vehicles could traverse village streets at the peak times of a deluge. Streets would be filled with as much as 14 inches of water not to exceed 12 hours.To be clear, the bargain-basement concept wasn’t recommended by Village staff – it’s just another “what-if” to be considered before a January vote on the next step of the Big Dig projects, which have been delayed for months. Read more
Soggy Key Biscayne recovers from storm packing nearly 60 mph gusts
Wind gusts near 60 mph and as much as seven inches of rain on Wednesday night and Thursday morning left large tree limbs, bleachers and canopies blocking roadways in Key Biscayne.Fire Chief Eric Lang, getting a strong cup of coffee in the afternoon, had been up since 2 a.m. after getting reports that the weather turned from a steady drizzle on Wednesday to something more nefarious.A flash flood warning was issued for the island by the National Weather Service on Wednesday night. It also issued a High Wind Warningfor coastal Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Read more.
Soggy Key Biscayne recovers from storm packing nearly 60 mph gusts
Wind gusts near 60 mph and as much as seven inches of rain on Wednesday night and Thursday morning left large tree limbs, bleachers and canopies blocking roadways in Key Biscayne.Fire Chief Eric Lang, getting a strong cup of coffee in the afternoon, had been up since 2 a.m. after getting reports that the weather turned from a steady drizzle on Wednesday to something more nefarious.A flash flood warning was issued for the island by the National Weather Service on Wednesday night. It also issued a High Wind Warningfor coastal Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Read more.
New lobbyist hired after unauthorized pursuit of $3 million project
Key Biscayne hired a new lobbyist after the last oneresignedwhen it was learned he pursued a $3 million appropriation for a chamber of commerce despite being told explicitly by the Village manager not to do so.At an Oct. 20 special Council meeting, members accepted the resignation of Jonathan Kilman and his company, Converge Public Strategies. But the hiring of the new lobbying firm was not announced publicly at the regular Council meeting on Tuesday, despite appearing on the agenda.Instead council members were informed, as part of the Village Manager’s meeting memorandum, that the Fort Lauderdale-based firm of Rubin, Turnbull & Associates had been hired for an eight-month agreement. Read more.
New lobbyist hired after unauthorized pursuit of $3 million project
Key Biscayne hired a new lobbyist after the last oneresignedwhen it was learned he pursued a $3 million appropriation for a chamber of commerce despite being told explicitly by the Village manager not to do so.At an Oct. 20 special Council meeting, members accepted the resignation of Jonathan Kilman and his company, Converge Public Strategies. But the hiring of the new lobbying firm was not announced publicly at the regular Council meeting on Tuesday, despite appearing on the agenda.Instead council members were informed, as part of the Village Manager’s meeting memorandum, that the Fort Lauderdale-based firm of Rubin, Turnbull & Associates had been hired for an eight-month agreement. Read more.
“What are we waiting for?” Council sounds off again on e-bikes
The kids are not listening. The parents are giving lip-service. The police chief says his hands are tied. And the appetite in Tallahassee on the issue has waned.But consensus is building on the Key Biscayne Village Council to bring the hammer down on electric scooters and e-bikes that buzz around island streets and sidewalks like flies. Council members have related stories in recent months of witnessing near-misses between a vehicle and a child on an electric scooter or e-bike.And indeed one teenager did end up going to the hospital in September. Read more.
“What are we waiting for?” Council sounds off again on e-bikes
The kids are not listening. The parents are giving lip-service. The police chief says his hands are tied. And the appetite in Tallahassee on the issue has waned.But consensus is building on the Key Biscayne Village Council to bring the hammer down on electric scooters and e-bikes that buzz around island streets and sidewalks like flies. Council members have related stories in recent months of witnessing near-misses between a vehicle and a child on an electric scooter or e-bike.And indeed one teenager did end up going to the hospital in September. Read more.

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MAST students — with Key Biscayne’s help — fight climate change with solar panels
They may not look like it, but the three dozen or so new solar panels adjacent to the MAST Academy soccer fields represent something tremendous.The solar panels symbolize the ongoing partnership between Key Biscayne and the magnet school as the Village donated $40,000 to the project – two-thirds of the total $63,000 cost.The project shows the Miami-Dade School District’s commitment to the environment with MAST working towards becoming the first zero waste, zero energy school in Florida. The district has also startedusing electric school buses. Read more.
MAST students — with Key Biscayne’s help — fight climate change with solar panels
They may not look like it, but the three dozen or so new solar panels adjacent to the MAST Academy soccer fields represent something tremendous.The solar panels symbolize the ongoing partnership between Key Biscayne and the magnet school as the Village donated $40,000 to the project – two-thirds of the total $63,000 cost.The project shows the Miami-Dade School District’s commitment to the environment with MAST working towards becoming the first zero waste, zero energy school in Florida. The district has also startedusing electric school buses. Read more.
Country music festival traffic “unacceptable,” police chief says
A plan between the county and Key Biscayne to prioritize residents during last weekend’s country music festival fell apart on Saturday, causing backups that looped around neighborhood streets as residents were trapped on the island.Police Chief Frank Sousa told the Village Council on Tuesday that prior to the two-day concert he had been in contact with the promoter for the Country Bay Musical Festival, Miami-Dade Police Department and the city of Miami. The Causeway is under the sole control of Miami-Dade County, while Virginia Key is controlled by the City of Miami.The Village had sent out multiple alerts warning of possible traffic jams long beforehand – and the fears came true. Read more.
Country music festival traffic “unacceptable,” police chief says
A plan between the county and Key Biscayne to prioritize residents during last weekend’s country music festival fell apart on Saturday, causing backups that looped around neighborhood streets as residents were trapped on the island.Police Chief Frank Sousa told the Village Council on Tuesday that prior to the two-day concert he had been in contact with the promoter for the Country Bay Musical Festival, Miami-Dade Police Department and the city of Miami. The Causeway is under the sole control of Miami-Dade County, while Virginia Key is controlled by the City of Miami.The Village had sent out multiple alerts warning of possible traffic jams long beforehand – and the fears came true. Read more.
Prosecutors drop charges against Key Biscayne man arrested for domestic battery
Prosecutors dropped a battery charge against a Key Biscayne man arrested for allegedly hitting his wife at the Oceansound Condominum. The charges were dropped after the spouse said she would not cooperate in her husband’s prosecution. Read more.
Prosecutors drop charges against Key Biscayne man arrested for domestic battery
Prosecutors dropped a battery charge against a Key Biscayne man arrested for allegedly hitting his wife at the Oceansound Condominum. The charges were dropped after the spouse said she would not cooperate in her husband’s prosecution. Read more.

Dolphins overcome 3 turnovers to beat Raiders 20-13
Jalen Ramsey caught a game-sealing interception to help stifle Las Vegas’ fourth-quarter comeback, and the Miami Dolphins overcame three turnovers to hold off the Raiders 20-13.
Dolphins overcome 3 turnovers to beat Raiders 20-13
Jalen Ramsey caught a game-sealing interception to help stifle Las Vegas’ fourth-quarter comeback, and the Miami Dolphins overcame three turnovers to hold off the Raiders 20-13.
Woods, McIlroy delay indoor golf league after last week’s storm
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