KEY BISCAYNE, Fla., Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Village of Key Biscayne today launched Speak Up Key Biscayne, a campaign to engage residents in identifying the village’s optimal and most cherished qualities, share aspirations they seek for the future and assist in the creation of a vision plan for those enhancements to take shape in the decades to come.
Speak Up Key Biscayne includes an online platform where the community and its stakeholders are encouraged to register, take surveys, and share their ideas and thoughts on a range of topics that will inform the in-person workshops and charrettes to take place this fall.
"We want to build a consensus among all constituents about how Key Biscayne can evolve and improve in the coming decades," said Michael W. Davey, mayor of Key Biscayne. "We especially want to ensure we dedicate our resources to allowing residents and the business community to easily engage in and lead the envisioning process toward the best Key Biscayne for everyone."
The project is led by the Village’s Strategic Vision Board, a community advisory board made up of seven residents who function as plan facilitators. The board members are Mario Garcia-Serra (chair), Jorge Mendia (vice-chair), Matt Bramson, Luis de la Cruz, Robert Duzoglou, Lucia Marin and Tom McCormick.
"With enough deliberation and opportunity to participate, I am confident we can arrive at a Vision Plan with broad support from Village residents, which can then help future decisionmakers preserve our unique and high quality of life," said Mario Garcia-Serra, current Vision Board chair.
To facilitate the process, the Village engaged DPZ CoDESIGN, a world-renowned planning, urban design, and architecture firm, focused on reviving and growing places, as consultants.
"Key Biscayne is a unique community with a high quality of life, and in order to preserve and enhance that, well informed planning is essential," said Galina Tachieva, managing partner at DPZ CoDESIGN. "We are honored to partner with Key Biscayne to craft a vision plan for the community, by the community."
Village Manager Steve Williamson has confirmed the importance of a Vision Plan for the future of Key Biscayne. "The Village is at a point in its history where it has successfully incorporated and established itself as one of the country’s premier small towns; we now have to decide where we want to be as a community in the next few decades and agree upon a plan to realize that vision and those goals."
Visit www.speakupkeybiscayne.com to meet the village facilitators and design team, research previous plans, take surveys, share ideas, explore emerging themes, and keep abreast of milestones and important dates.
Irina Woelfle, IWPR Group
SOURCE The Village of Key Biscayne