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Posted on: September 4, 2018


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MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County is seeking public input as it enters the final phase of the creation of its 2020 Strategic Plan. This plan guides the scope and direction of County services based on priorities established by the Board of County Commissioners – after extensive participation and feedback from the public. 

Monroe County residents can provide their views on what should be the priorities of County government for the next 3 to 5 years by filling out a short online survey on the County’s website at The deadline to complete the survey is Oct. 31, 2018.

This short online survey is a supplement to a comprehensive public survey that was conducted 18 months ago during a public outreach tour of more than 20 public meetings. Those meetings were held throughout the Florida Keys and led by County Administrator Roman Gastesi.

The 2020 Strategic Plan was being created following analysis of those original surveys and feedback from the public outreach tour. Then Irma happened.

As the Florida Keys continue to recover from the Category 4 hurricane – the strongest storm to strike the Keys since 1960 – Monroe County is touching base once again with the community to update the original feedback.

“The County wants to see if our residents’ priorities and needs have shifted due to Irma,” said Kimberly Matthews, Sr. Director of Strategic Planning for the County. “This new information will build on our earlier, pre-hurricane analysis and exemplifies our belief that every voice matters in determining the future of our County.”

The raw feedback will be provided to the County's Senior Management Team and to the County Commissioners for use as they determine the strategic priorities of the County for the next 3-5 years.

Matthews also is meeting with community groups and organizations to gather their thoughts and priorities for the 2020 Strategic Plan. She provides an approximately 30-minute interactive presentation that uses software to allow up to 100 participants to provide anonymous feedback, rank priorities and vote on County issues via their smart devices or laptop.

To schedule a presentation to be completed by Oct. 31, 2018, email or call 305-292-4540.

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