MALLORY SQUARE MAKEUP? – Florida Keys Weekly Newspapers
The Key West cruise ship mediation is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1. At a city commission meeting that evening, city attorney Shawn Smith said he planned to notify the commission and the community of the mediation.
City attorneys, along with representatives from the private company Pier B and the Key West Committee for Safer Cleaner Ships will meet with Judge Sandra Taylor, possibly to make pleasing changes to the contract that currently governs Pier’s cruise ship operations. B. This agreement allows Pier B to accommodate seven ships per week and ensures that the City of Key West receives 25% of the Pier’s cruise ship revenue. The agreement also renews every 10 years unless both parties agree to terminate it.
Mayor Teri Johnsto, at the commission’s last meeting on February 15, insisted that representatives from Safer Cleaner Ships attend the mediation. The committee that spearheaded voter-approved cruise ship cuts in Key West also proposed a resolution that would ban the city from hosting cruise ships at the two docks it controls — Mallory Pier and Outer Mole, that the city leases to the Navy. .
Directors of Safer Cleaner Ships have said that if large ships continue to call at Pier B, the city cannot accommodate even some of the smaller ships that meet voter-approved size criteria at its docks without flooding the city. cruise ships and passengers.
Safer Cleaner Ships originally proposed the resolution for the February 15 agenda, but later withdrew it for possible revisions. Additionally, at least two members of the public objected to the last-minute addition of the item to the agenda the day before the meeting.
What’s next for Mallory Square?
The commissioners will also review the rankings of a committee of eight companies who have expressed interest in redesigning Mallory Square. In its response to the city’s application for qualification, the top-ranked company, Sasaki, states, “Mallory Square has the potential to become a 21st century public plaza that is a nexus of civic activity; a site that offers dynamic programming opportunities and events throughout the year. We understand that the community wants this place to become more than a sight to watch sunsets and attract tourists, and we believe it should be a flexible and vibrant public center for arts, events and games. …Such a significant oceanfront open space should embrace Key West’s strong cultural ties to food and music, while taking advantage of historic buildings on site that tell the story of your city’s past and bring people together. … We will make essential connections with Duval Street, Front Street and beyond. We believe that the most meaningful places are those that are well connected to the urban fabric and other open spaces. We will develop clear connections to one of Key West’s most defining assets, its waterfront boardwalks and piers. Continuous, unobstructed access from Key West’s historic seaport to Truman Waterfront Park and historic Fort Zachary Taylor State Park could create a more accessible system of open space along the entire northern and western edge of the island. , punctuated by a reinvented square, Mallory Square.
Will the City Charter change?
Finally, the commission will discuss, but is not expected to adjudicate, any changes to the city charter that have been proposed by the District Charter and Boundaries Review Committee. The group is formed every 10 years following a census to redraw electoral districts and propose relevant changes to the city’s overall legal document, its charter.
The committee proposes an eight-year limit for mayors and 12 years for commissioners. He also wants the city to be able to acquire or annex other property with a supermajority vote of the commission, rather than the entire voting public, which is currently required. The commission meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at Key West City Hall, 1400 White St. The full agenda is at cityofkeywest-fl.gov.