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BLACKWATER BOULEVARD Fisherman’s Cove Developers propose multi-use access road to connect businesses along US 1 on Blackwater Sound



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KEY LARGO – By Steve Gibbs sgibbs@keysnews.com The developers of Fisherman’s Cove a Mile Marker 104 have hired consultants to design a roadway and parking area that would allow pedestrians, bicyclers, and cars to move between the Caribbean Club and the Marriott Bay Beach Resort without venturing onto the Overseas Highway.

The proposed multi-use road would require the cooperation and financial input of several business owners, along the Overseas Hwy on Blackwater Sound, a busy commercial row. The old Italian Fisherman, which is being renovated as a restaurant, sports bar, and waterfront tiki bar, is scheduled to open later this year as Fisherman’s Cove.

Several hurdles must be overcome before developers could proceed with the road plan. The Florida Department of Transportation would have to convey the required right-of-way to Monroe County. The county planning department would have to design the configuration and the property owners would have to agree to the plan. And each business would have to pay its share of the road, depending upon the length of its highway frontage.

Effected businesses would include: Marriott’s Largo Key Convention Center at Taylor Point, The Marina Club at Blackwater Sound, Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, and Cactus Jacks Restaurants, Fisherman’s Cove, Florida Bay Outfitters, and the Caribbean Club.

County Planning Director Aref Joulani said the plan would create a road for cars, including 37 parking spaces, flanked by a bike-pedestrian path that would be a prototype for future development. The proposal is also consistent with one of the goals of the Livable CommuniKeys Plan created during public workshops to include community input in future growth planning. An objective was to cluster businesses, provide easier access to those
businesses, and insulate residential areas from commercial areas.

Monroe County Principal Planner Alex Adams describes the plan’s link to the Livable CommmuiKeys Program: “This multi-use path study is designed to look at the existing right-of-way and implement the scenic corridor plan, bicycle/pedestrian overseas trail plan, provide public overflow parking, landscaping, access to businesses, without reentering U.S. 1…The plan includes areas for landscaping..a parking access lane, bus shelters, and sidewalk connections to businesses,” he wrote in a memo to the Free Press. Joulani added that the plan calls for between 10-15 trailer parking spaces at the Caribbean Club, one of the Upper Keys’ busiest boat ramps.

“Sooner or later (the Florida Department of Transportation) is going to crack down on the illegal parking spaces and will be to the benefit of the business owners.”

Meanwhile, the county is looking to build similar connective roads along the U.S. 1 corridor. “We have taken the initiative to create a partnership,” Joulani said. “If successful, we’ll use this as an example to others to incorporate this concept into future plans. We hope to extend it north and south in Key Largo and it may be a prototype for other areas of the county.”