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Posted on: January 15, 2019


Lisa Tennyson at Legislative Delegation meeting

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers, County Administrator Roman Gastesi and Monroe County Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson outlined the County’s state legislative priorities for the 2019 session at today’s Legislative Delegation meeting hosted by State Rep. Holly Raschein and State Sen. Anitere Flores. Monroe County Commissioners Michelle Coldiron and David Rice also attended the meeting held at Marathon City Hall.

Tennyson presented and explained the County’s priorities – which were approved by the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners – for the upcoming session that runs March 5 – May 3:

  • Support the Florida Keys Stewardship Act for $20 million appropriation for water quality projects and $5 million for Florida Forever land acquisition
  • Support efforts to codify a shared 50%-50% apportionment of State-County responsibility on takings judgments, a consequence of state-designated Area of Critical State Concern, limited growth requirements and hurricane evacuation requirements.
  • Support legislation to limit Monroe’s annual wind insurance rate increase maximum from 10% to 5% for five years, recognizing Monroe’s impacts from Hurricane Irma, and our unique affordability issues and strong building codes.
  • Support legislation that provides a permanent “carve out” for Monroe County from preemptive vacation rental regulations to enable the County to amend/update its vacation rental regulations to preserve its supply of workforce housing; or legislation that would allow local governments with grandfathered ordinances to amend and update their regulations without losing their grandfathered status.
  • Support a statutory change to limit the storage time of a vessel at anchor in one location on public waters of the State to not more than 60 days, to reduce the number derelict vessels and removal costs.
  • Support a $500,000 appropriation for the vessel pump out program.
  • Support request for State Apartment Incentive Load (SAIL) funding and housing tax credits from Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) to aid in Monroe’s post-Hurricane Irma affordable/workforce housing recovery.
  • Support DEP, DOT and/or legislative efforts to fund the construction of Sugarloaf section of the Overseas Heritage Trail.

“Monroe County is grateful to have such committed representatives in the State legislature and is appreciative of their leadership,” Tennyson said. “We have had many successes in the past several years with funding and legislation precisely because of the leadership and dedication of Rep. Raschein and Sen. Flores to the Keys’ communities. We are optimistic we will continue to see success.”

More information about Monroe County’s legislative priorities at the state and federal levels are available at


Photos by Kristen Livengood. Monroe County Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson presented and explained the County’s 2019 state legislative priorities during a public meeting hosted by State Rep. Holly Raschein and State Sen. Anitere Flores on Jan. 15, 2019 at Marathon City Hall.

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