As the Village of Key Biscayne celebrates 25 years of self-determination, it’s worth reflecting on the impacts of incorporation, and how responsible governance reaches beyond municipal boundaries.
Home to one of the region’s most precious and fragile natural resources, our community has embraced the role of responsible stewardship to protect this magnificent environmental playground for future generations.
As one of the lowest lying communities in South Florida, the Village has adopted FEMA’s elevated building code standards. Additionally, the Village has upgraded its storm water system to preserve the integrity of its shoreline.
But our efforts have not been limited to our borders. The Key Biscayne Community Foundation is engaged in a number of philanthropic activities that address critical needs across the region. The Foundation’s Citizen Scientist Project, which is open to all Miami-Dade residents, is training future environmental leaders to preserve our ecosystem.
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Additionally, through its Sister City Initiative, residents are working with Miami Children’s Initiative to improve lives in Liberty City. Since inception in 2013, the initiative raised $500,000 in social impact loans; donated more than $200,000 in fresh produce, school supplies, summer camp funding and toys; and deployed 650 volunteers across multiple city blocks. Above all, this program teaches that when we begin to see each other as people and not as our differences, we all become a bit kinder and more connected.
While Key Biscayne reflects on 25 years of incorporation and ahead to the next quarter century, it is a good reminder of how we can all be better neighbors and citizens. Few are fortunate to call one of the world’s most iconic natural beauties their home, but as Miami-Dade residents, we do, and together we can do our part to sustain it.
Mayra Pena Lindsay,
Mayor, Village of