by Arnaud and Naja Girard…….
Remember, the first time you drove down US 1 all the way to Key West? We would like to take you from that glittering vision of hundreds of little green islands suspended over endless turquoise waters and sit you down in the boardroom of the County Commissioners who are in charge of protecting that whole magical expanse called the Florida Keys.
Few issues in Monroe County have stirred as much passion and cloak and dagger plots as the development of those offshore islands.
According to a 2015 report by biologist Curtis Kruer there are over 1,900 acres of privately owned offshore islands in unincorporated Monroe County. But while a 7,500 sf build-able lot on Key West’s Sunset Key sells for almost 4 million dollars, a similarly sized piece of land with no building permit allocation on nearby Wisteria Island would be almost worthless.
This week, Barton Smith, attorney for the would-be developers of Wisteria Island went, once again, before the County Commission.