The Federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission a few decades ago gave a whole load of land to the city of Key West, which has always been a frontier town and filled with military bases and people. Its known to officialdom as Poinciana Plaza and it still looks like the Navy Housing it once was, complete with fencing and park-like grounds.
Not the best use of precious land in a city where housing is not getting more affordable. So when a proposal came before the city commission to build 40 new units of housing naturally the commission voted it down.
from Keys Weekly:
I think the paper laid the issue out very clearly and when you look at the vast open spaces at Poinciana Housing you have to wonder why the elderly Navy units aren't demolished to make way for modern, compact units that would go a long way to help people afford to live in one of the most expensive towns in Florida.
This is New Town, several miles from the precious leafy streets of Old Town where the tourists flock but there is no sign the city commission is in the mood to make any decisions. What they do want to do is increase height limits to help disfigure the city on the specious grounds that the city is built out and thus helping home owners increase the size of their homes would be a good thing.
Walking past the Keys Energy headquarters in Old Town the public utility is gutting its elderly building and renovating the shell. Not a bad thing at all and perhaps an example to the city of making a decision and getting on with it.
The homeless shelter has to move and the city is having kittens worrying about who is going to sue them the minute they make a decision about a new location. The obvious thing there too is to simply decline to decide even though the old Easter Seals building is the logical relocation site on College Road. The logic is impeccable; until it no longer is.