Key Biscayne

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Key Biscayne extends village manager’s contract

Key Biscayne council members agreed Tuesday to extend Village Manager John Gilbert’s contract for another seven months.

His salary will remain unchanged at $173,500. The contract was set to expire in February, but the new expiration date is Sept. 30, 2014.

At the suggestion of council member Edward London, the council decided to change the expiration date of the contract because a performance review is required to take place 90 days prior to the end of the village’s fiscal year, which is Sept. 30.

The council also agreed to increase an allowance to cover health insurance to match the amount provided for other village employees.

The manager told the council that he is happy the contract has been extended as he enjoys the position. Gilbert said he "looks forward to putting his arms around some things."

The extension passed unanimously.

Also on Tuesday, the council:

Granted Mayor Franklin Caplan permission to sign the Mayors’ Climate Action Pledge at the urging of other mayors in Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit

Agreed to create a permanent dog park in 2014. However, some council members were reluctant to use the temporary dog park at 530 Crandon Park Blvd. as the permanent location.

Selected council member Michael Davey as the new vice-mayor.

Decided to continue discussions about the use of artificial turf in the village. After considering a proposed law governing the turf, the council was split on whether or not the village should move forward.

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