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Key West commission hears latest waterfront plans

City Manager Bob Vitas is expected Tuesday to update the Key West City Commission on the status of a large-scale park development planned for the 33-acre Truman Waterfront./ppThe session starts at 6 p.m. at Old City Hall on Greene Street./ppCity staff plans submitted to the Truman Waterfront Advisory Board consider a five-phase development process with construction ending in 2019. The ultimate cost could be $50 million./ppThat number has caused sticker shock for some, resulting in city staff kicking around ideas for savings by reducing the scope of the development while keeping the master plan in place. That plan:/ppLI Phase 1 is construction of basic infrastructure — roads and utilities, boat-ramp improvements and moving the floating 327-foot U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum National Historic Landmark in 2014./ppLI Phase 1A is construction of the Merili McCoy Public Gardens, a waterfront promenade, interactive water feature, playground and bathrooms in 2014-15./ppLI Phase 2 is construction of a 250-seat amphitheater, associated grounds and a parking lot in 2015-16./ppLI Phase 3 is construction of a multipurpose playfield, second playground, new stables for the Key West Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit and more landscaping in 2017./ppLI Phase 4 is renovation of a former U.S. Navy building into a museum, restaurant and park support space in 2017, although that’s flexible./ppPhase 5 is construction of a community center at the site of the Police Athletic League building in 2018-19./ppThe Navy gave the Truman Waterfront, at the end of Southard Street, to the city through what’s called an economic conveyance, signed in 2002. It was part of the Base Realignment and Closure process./ppThough the waterfront schedule calls for a multiuse field in 2017, there’s a rough temporary field on the parcel already. At the Tuesday meeting Commissioner Tony Yaniz will ask his colleagues to redo that field, citing a “severe shortage of field space in the city.”/ppHe wants new sod and an irrigation system. Yaniz wants Vitas to come up with details and get the project done./ppBHoliday freebies/B/ppCommissioners on Tuesday are also set to take their annual action of providing free city bus service and parking at metered spots during the Christmas season./ppBus service will be free in Key West and the Lower Keys on Dec. 23 and 24, but suspended on Dec. 25. Parking at metered spots in Old Town, usually $2 an hour, will be free on Dec. 23, 24 and 25.

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