Projects and Initiatives

Projects and Initiatives

Monroe County has already been incorporating sustainability, climate change, and sea level rise in its capital planning process. Here are projects completed by the county in recent years, as well as those proposed for FY 2016.

Projects Completed to Date

Table 14. Capital Improvement Projects Completed in Recent Years

Project Completed Project Improvements Total Project Cost
Stock Island Fire/EMS Renovation and addition of the fire station facility on Stock Island. The fire station includes two (2) drive through apparatus bays and approximately 3,500 sq.ft. of office area and living quarters for the staff. $4,573,864
Conch Key Fire Station Renovation of the existing building and a new addition. 1,713 sq.ft. lower level garage, 1,820 sq.ft. second floor that includes an office, bath, lockers and sleeping rooms. Site Work included parking, drainage, landscaping, existing demolition and fuel tank. Garage heightened and generator relocated. $2,300,951
Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Design and construction of the Cudjoe Regional Waste Water System. FKAA and the County have an Interlocal Agreement for this wastewater project. $47, 125, 082

Projects in the Pipeline

The budget for Monroe Country’s capital improvements for FY2016 to FY2020 is The county’s four-year capital plan of $328.7million. It funds significant investment in the maintenance, repair, and improvement of capital assets, public safety, and the physical environment.  Projects include wastewater-related infrastructure, roads, bridges, canals, land acquisition, parks and beaches, fire stations and fire trucks, a new jail, and a new courthouse.

The table includes suggestions for integrating sustainability and adaptation strategies into capital planning and budgeting.

Table 15. Capital Improvement Projects in the Pipeline

Project Planned Project Improvements Budgeted Amount How recommendations in this Plan can influence capital project implementation
Higgs Beach Master Plan Visitor & Nature Center, relocation of internal road and White Street enhancements, relocation of parking lots,  bicycle lanes, expansion of beach area, relocation/expansion of children’s playground, addition/expansion of pedestrian sidewalks, addition of maintenance buildings, addition of volleyball courts and pickle ball courts, removal tennis courts, relocation of small dog park and revision of large dog park, revision of outdoor lighting fixtures, addition of sculpture garden, pond renovation. $1.9 Million appropriated for FY 2016, $1.0 Million proposed for FY 2017 •    Ensure that energy efficient fixtures (e.g. LED bulbs, occupancy sensors) and water conserving fixture (e.g. low-flow toilets, faucet and shower fixtures) are used in maintenance, repair and construction activities.

•    Increase building insulation and upgrade to energy efficient windows where possible when making building repairs.

•    Use sustainable materials or recycled products where possible.

•    Ensure that sea level rise is considered for all larger-scale maintenance and renovation of facilities.

•    Continue using native plants and ecosystem appropriate flora in replanting efforts.

Old Seven Mile Bridge Extensive repairs to the bridge deck, flooring and beams. $2.7 Million proposed for FY 2016
Big Pine Swimming Hole Development of a passive recreational park, near MM29 on south side of US1. Improvements would be consistent with Liveable Communikeys Plan. $100,000 proposed for FY 2017; $900,000 proposed for FY 2018 •     Consider future flooding from sea level rise in design of improvements.
Freeman Justice Center Lobby Expansion Interior expansion of approximately 800 square feet to the existing main lobby entrance, in a manner that when completed will match all existing finishes and treatments. $4,537 appropriated for FY 2016 •    Ensure that energy efficient fixtures (e.g. LED bulbs, occupancy sensors) and water conserving fixture (e.g. low-flow toilets, faucet and shower fixtures) are used in maintenance, repair and construction activities.

•    Increase building insulation and upgrade to energy efficient windows where possible when making building repairs.

•    Use sustainable materials or recycled products where possible.

Cudjoe Regional X Paving Road paving improvements. $3 Million appropriated for FY 2016, $3 Million proposed for FY 2017 •    Consider future flooding from sea level rise in design of improvements.
Marathon Library Construction of a new library in Marathon. $820,000 appropriated for FY 2016, $2.2 Million proposed for FY 2017 •    Ensure that energy efficient fixtures (e.g. LED bulbs, occupancy sensors) and water conserving fixture (e.g. low-flow toilets, faucet and shower fixtures) are used in maintenance, repair and construction activities.

•    Increase building insulation and upgrade to energy efficient windows where possible when making building repairs.

•    Use sustainable materials or recycled products where possible.

•    Ensure that sea level rise is considered for all larger-scale maintenance and renovation of facilities.

•    Continue using native plants and ecosystem appropriate flora in replanting efforts.

Bernstein Park Raise level of entire field by 18″ to 24″, add new restrooms, develop a new baseball field, soccer field, and basketball court, add new playground equipment, add a walking track, create a storm water retention system, remove the existing dwelling, and build a community center. The park is approximately six acres in size. $3.9 Million appropriated for FY 2016, $1.1 Million proposed for FY 2017 •    Ensure that energy efficient fixtures (e.g. LED bulbs, occupancy sensors) and water conserving fixture (e.g. low-flow toilets, faucet and shower fixtures) are used in maintenance, repair and construction activities.

•    Increase building insulation and upgrade to energy efficient windows where possible when making building repairs.

•    Use sustainable materials or recycled products where possible.

•    Ensure that sea level rise is considered for all larger-scale maintenance and renovation of facilities.

•    Continue using native plants and ecosystem appropriate flora in replanting efforts.

Jefferson Browne Building Project management and construction of the facility. $1.0 Million appropriated for FY 2016, $5.4 Million proposed for FY 2020 •    Ensure that energy efficient fixtures (e.g. LED bulbs, occupancy sensors) and water conserving fixture (e.g. low-flow toilets, faucet and shower fixtures) are used in maintenance, repair and construction activities.

•    Increase building insulation and upgrade to energy efficient windows where possible when making building repairs.

•    Use sustainable materials or recycled products where possible.

•    Ensure that sea level rise is considered for all larger-scale maintenance and renovation of facilities.

•    Continue using native plants and ecosystem appropriate flora in replanting efforts.

Gulf Seafood Project management. $7.0 Million appropriated for FY 2016
Summerland Fire Station Building a new fire station on Summerland Key or east Cudjoe. $3.1 Million appropriated for FY 2016, $925,000 proposed for FY 2017 •    Ensure that energy efficient fixtures (e.g. LED bulbs, occupancy sensors) and water conserving fixture (e.g. low-flow toilets, faucet and shower fixtures) are used in maintenance, repair and construction activities.

•    Increase building insulation and upgrade to energy efficient windows where possible when making building repairs.

•    Use sustainable materials or recycled products where possible.

•    Ensure that sea level rise is considered for all larger-scale maintenance and renovation of facilities.

•    Continue using native plants and ecosystem appropriate flora in replanting efforts.

•    Consider future flooding from sea level rise in design of improvements.

Training Academy-Crawl Key Construction of a one story, 5,625 sq. ft. masonry and concrete building that will include two covered and closed garage bays, a training classroom, two offices, storage room, and two restrooms with showers, lockers, and changing areas. The building will have to be raised five feet for flood plain. A ramp and two stairs will be added on the outside for access. $1.8 Million appropriated for FY 2016. •    Ensure that energy efficient fixtures (e.g. LED bulbs, occupancy sensors) and water conserving fixture (e.g. low-flow toilets, faucet and shower fixtures) are used in maintenance, repair and construction activities.

•    Increase building insulation and upgrade to energy efficient windows where possible when making building repairs.

•    Use sustainable materials or recycled products where possible.

•    Ensure that sea level rise is considered for all larger-scale maintenance and renovation of facilities.

•    Continue using native plants and ecosystem appropriate flora in replanting efforts.

•    Consider future flooding from sea level rise in design of improvements.

Replace PK Jail and Courthouse Performance of a facility condition assessment at each site.  Modernize and construct a new courthouse and jail facility on Plantation Key. $443,750 appropriated for FY 2016, $10.6 Million proposed for FY 2017, $6.2 Million proposed for FY 2018, and $400,000 proposed for FY 2019 •    Ensure that sea level rise is considered for all larger-scale maintenance and renovation of facilities.

•    Ensure that energy efficient fixtures (e.g. LED bulbs, occupancy sensors) and water conserving fixture (e.g. low-flow toilets, faucet and shower fixtures) are used in maintenance, repair and construction activities.

•    Increase building insulation and upgrade to energy efficient windows where possible when making building repairs.

•    Use sustainable materials or recycled products where possible.

•    Continue using native plants and ecosystem appropriate flora in replanting efforts.

•    Consider future flooding from sea level rise in design of improvements.

Sugarloaf Fire Station Construction of new Sugarloaf Fire Station. $500,000 proposed for FY 2018 and $3 Million proposed for FY 2019 •    Ensure that energy efficient fixtures (e.g. LED bulbs, occupancy sensors) and water conserving fixture (e.g. low-flow toilets, faucet and shower fixtures) are used in maintenance, repair and construction activities.

•    Increase building insulation and upgrade to energy efficient windows where possible when making building repairs.

•    Use sustainable materials or recycled products where possible.

•    Ensure that sea level rise is considered for all larger-scale maintenance and renovation of facilities.

•    Continue using native plants and ecosystem appropriate flora in replanting efforts.

•    Consider future flooding from sea level rise in design of improvements.

Recommendations for 5-Year Work Plan of Future Projects/Initiatives, Projected Benefits and Costs

Monroe  County’s 5-Year Work Plan includes several projects derived from the sea level rise modeling, vulnerability analysis, and GHG emissions inventory update conducted as part of GreenKeys!  These  projects, which constitute 64 of the 165 GreenKeys! recommendations, fall into three categories:  1) facilities projects, 2) adaptation projects, and 3) other projects.

Adaptation Projects

GreenKeys! recommendations include adaptation projects to address vulnerabilities identified in the county.  The projects focus not only on individual structural improvements, but also include projects to ensure that natural habitats provide the maximum protection against climate changes and rising seas.

Other Projects

Several other projects are recommended that do not specifically relate to county facilities or adaptation.  These projects are recommended to  improve sustainability, reduce GHG emissions through renewable energy, expand use of alternative modes of transportation, and to support green infrastructure, canopy conservation, and control of invasive species.


Projects and Initiatives