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New lobbyist hired after unauthorized pursuit of $3 million project

Key Biscayne hired a new lobbyist after the last one resigned when 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.