The video above is a good example of the Key West city government cooperating with a private citizen to do something good. It's also a great example of that citizen doing a bang-up job of presenting his ideas to the city in a way that almost guarantees that he'll get the approval he seeks from the City Commission.
|510 Eaton St. Key West|
That church-like and theater-like building on Eaton Street has been largely vacant for the fifteen years that we've lived here. It was once a performance stage featuring a variety of entertainments, including as a "discotheque". (You remember discotheques, don't you?)
There's a second building on the property that was once offices, but they became vacant too. The owner-applicant intends to tear that portion down and to build a single-family residence there.
The agenda item at the City Commission hearing was the culmination of a process designed to carry the application through all of the required approvals, and was guided by Trepanier & Associates, a local firm that does that kind of work for many developers, large and small.
The segment that begins at just after 2:00 minutes is what impressed me most. It's the owner's plea for approval. He could't have done it any better.