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Breezeswept Beach Estates Civic Association
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NEW HOMEOWNERS/RESIDENTS
BULK WASTE & RECYCLING INFORMATION LOWER KEYS RESIDENTS Pickup Schedule for Ramrod Key: Trash-Tuesday and Friday/Recycling-Tuesday/Yard Waste-Wednesday
Free Recycling bin - Call Waste Management, Inc. (305) 296-8297.
Free Bulk Household waste pickup – FREE for residences. Furniture, appliances, car tires (without rims), grills, bicycles and carpeting. Separate metal items. Place neatly at curb or roadside without obstructing traffic. Avoid placing under power lines. Call Waste Management (305) 296-8297 to schedule a pickup.
Free drop-off - Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronic Waste (e-waste) - Requires special disposal because they are pollutants. Disposal / recycling is FREE FOR RESIDENTS. Drop off at: Cudjoe Key Transfer Station, MM 21.5 Blimp Road (305) 745-2513
HHW: 1st and 3rd Wednesday 10am-2pm
E-Waste: Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm
Pickup of Oversize yard waste - possible additional charge: Limbs larger than 4” in diameter only; must be cut to lengths of 6’ or less. Place neatly at curb or roadside without obstructing traffic. Avoid placing under power lines. Commercial tree removal and land clearing are not included in the solid waste assessment for residential service. Do not mix with other debris, as additional charges will be incurred. Call Waste Management, Inc. (305) 296-8297 to schedule a pickup. Note: You can also drop off items directly at the Waste Transfer Station for recycling and waste disposal. Free for residents.
Regular Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Cudjoe Key Transfer Station, MM 21.5 Blimp Road, (305) 745-2513
ELECTRIC SERVICE: Keys Energy Service Key West: 1001 James Street, (305) 295-1000, Fax (305) 295-1085 Items you will need for electric service:
Visit the office BEFORE 3 PM for the same day service
Bring Driver’s license, Social Security Number, Deposit
If rental unit- bring a copy of the lease
WATER SERVICE: Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) Key West: 1100 Kennedy Drive, (305) 296-2454, Fax (305) 296-3346 Items you will need for water service:
On the day of closing, no sooner, and BEFORE 4 PM, have your attorney or title company fax a copy of the Warranty Deed to your property to FKAA to ensure water service that day
Bring Driver’s license, Social Security Number, Deposit
If rental unit – bring a copy of the lease.
CABLE, INTERNET, TELEPHONE & WIRELESS SERVICE AT &T & U verse h1-800-331-0500 OR (866) 915-6188 Comcast- XFINITY 1-800-266-2278 OR (305) 292-8376
BOATING The Ramrod Key Channel is 17 ft wide and not wide enough to accommodate passing vessels safely.
When using the channel for Ramrod Key, yield to any vessel already in the channel. Only one boat at a time unless following another boat.
Please observe the No Wake Zone in all canals. If you see waves coming off your boat or lapping against the shore, you are going too fast.
CANAL ETIQUETTE & BREEZESWEPT BEACH ESTATE’S WATER QUALITY BBECA has initiated ongoing projects to perform water samplings and investigate means to improve tidal flow through the canals. Everyone’s cooperation and concern is needed to really make a difference. Here are some guidelines to observe to help keep our canals clean and safe for boating and swimming.
Use fish cleaning stations with trash receptacles and wastewater hookups – do not throw remains into canals
Dispose of unwanted bait and fish cleaning remains in leak proof receptacles – store in bait freezer for later use or to dispose of on trash day morning
Do not feed fish at your dock
Prevent yard debris from entering canals
Limit use of yard chemicals – do not use near canals
Limit use of fertilizers – do not use near canals
Direct rain gutter down spouts to planted areas and away from canals – consider installing rain barrels or cisterns
Create vegetated buffers next to canals
Dispose of oil and hazardous household wastes at the Cudjoe Key Transfer Station
Use biodegradable boat cleaning products
Properly maintain your boats / engines to prevent discharge into canals
Prevent discharge of oily boat bilge water into canals
Sanding, painting, and other major repairs should be done away from the canals
Florida law and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary regulations combine to create no-discharge areas that include the canals, Newfound Harbor, and waters about four miles past Looe Key reef. Regardless, use enzyme-base products in your holding tank instead of deodorizers and disinfectants which contain chemicals harmful to aquatic life.
If you wouldn’t want to swim with it, don’t throw it in the water!
PET ETIQUETTE & LAWS Leash Regulation for Pets. Monroe County requires a physically capable person to be in control of an animal by means of a leash, or for the animal to be enclosed by a secure fence or other means of confinement. Prevent barking, be aware of other people’s feelings, and only let your dog greet a stranger if they ask.
Pet Waste. Please pick up after your dog on non-owned property and dispose of it in the trash. Do not throw any type of trash into containers of yard waste. (Monroe County Ordinance - Ord. No. 006- 2006)
GOOD NEIGHBOR TIPS Care taking
Don’t throw trash on roadside, in canals or on empty lots. Pick up any litter and dispose it properly.
Set out garbage and recycles the evening before pickup day and remove containers from curbside as soon as possible after pickup.
Remove invasive exotic plants such as Brazilian Pepper and Australian Pines from your property.
Use native trees and plants to the maximum in your landscaping to minimize the amount of watering you need to do and to avoid the spread of harmful exotic plants.
Noise - Sound can be amplified when it travels over water. With our canal system, your conversation or music may not be as private as you think. Be considerate and be aware of excess noise originating from your property or boat. In addition, Monroe County prohibits disturbing noise during customary sleeping hours (10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.)
Lighting - Outdoor lighting can improve visibility and safety, as well as enhancing appearance of your property. But too much of a good thing can be a nuisance to your neighbors. Here are tips to ensure that your outdoor lighting is attractive and economical.
Glare - If you can see a bright bulb from a distance, it’s a bad light. With a good light you can see mainly the lighted ground underneath, not the dazzling bulb.
Light invasion - Bad lights shine onto neighboring properties, and into bedroom windows reducing privacy and hindering sleep. Lighting can also be a problem for nesting sea turtles.
Energy waste - Bad outdoor lights waste energy by spilling light where not needed, into the night sky. For more information on outdoor lighting and sky glow visit www.darksky.org
In a neighborhood like ours with more than 300 homes, there are bound to be disputes from time to time. It is the policy of BBECA to not get involved with problems between neighbors. We expect people to work out their problems amicably or, if absolutely necessary, contact the Sheriff’s Office. Most problems can be avoided if everyone observes common-sense rules of behavior.
If you rent... Be sure to inform your tenants of these basic rules of the neighborhood. Visit www.bbeca.org to find “Tips for Residents and Renters.” Print out and include the “Tips” document in your renter information packet.
ADDITIONAL HELPFUL SERVICES INFORMATION
POST OFFICES* Summerland Key: 24700 Overseas Hwy (305) 745-3391 (this is our mail delivery office) Big Pine: 29959 Overseas Hwy (305) 872-2531
*UPS in Winn Dixie Shopping Center on Big Pine will also accept mail
Key West: Lower Keys Medical Center, 5900 College Rd (305) 294-5531
OBTAINING A FLORIDA VOTER REGISTRATION CARD You may register at time of license registration above or at any library or Sheriff’s Office in Monroe County or at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 530 Whitehead St, Key West, FL. 305-292-3416. You must be a resident of Monroe County – FL Driver’s License or SS# necessary.
VEHICLE REGISTRATION Monroe County Tax Collector’s Office -New residents must register their vehicles and obtain Florida license tags within 30 days of establishing residency or by the day they begin work or by the time they register their children in school.
Marathon: 3101 Overseas Hwy, M 48.5 (305) 295-5000
Items you will need:
Proof of vehicle ownership and Proof of Insurance
Previous out-of-state title and registration
A state form that includes the vehicle registration number and odometer reading
Valid driver’s license and a second form of personal identification
The vehicle you are registering
Monroe County Tax Collector’s office- Registration is required on all boats with motors regardless of size. A valid out-of-state registration of any pleasure craft is recognized for up to 90 days in Florida. After that, Florida registration is required. Fees vary according to the length of the boat.
Marathon: 3101 Overseas Hwy, MM 48.5 (305) 295-5000
Items you will need:
Title and/or registration
Valid driver’s license and a second from of personal identification
Bill of sale if owned less than 6 months
OBTAINING A FLORIDA DRIVER’S LICENSE
Monroe County Tax Collector’s Office New residents are required to pass only a visual examination if they have a valid driver’s license from another state. Drivers must be at least 16 years oldto qualify for a driver’s license and 15 years old to get a restricted operator permit. Office Locations:
Key West: 3439 S. Roosevelt Bvld (305) 293-6338
Marathon: 3380 Overseas Hwy (305) 289-2306
Items to bring:
Your valid out-of-state driver’s license
US Birth Certificate or US Passport, SS# Proof
Proof of Resident address-utility bill or voter’s registration card
SCHOOLS AND COLLEGE Monroe County School District -www.keysschools.com Main Office, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West (305) 293-1400
TheCollege of the Florida Keys- www.fkcc.eduhttp://www.fkcc.cc/ Main Office, 5901 College Rd, Key West (305) 296-9081
FISHING AND HUNTING LICENSE INFORMATION Licenses are easily available at bait and tackle shops and license offices throughout the state of Florida. They can also be purchased via telephone at 888-FISH-FLORIDA, or online https://license.gooutdoorsflorida.com/ For further information, call Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (305) 289-2330
COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES Monroe County Government Center – Key West: 1100 Simonton St (The Gato Bldg) (305) 292-4441 Monroe County Growth Management Division -Marathon: 490 63rd St Suite 140 (305) 289-2517 Code Enforcement –
- Lower Keys Key West: 5503 College Road Suite 254, (305) 292-4495
- Middle Keys: Marathon: Government Ctr. 2798 Overseas Hwy Suite 330 (305) 289-2810
Planning and Environmental Resources – http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/ Middle Keys: Marathon: 2798 Overseas Hwy Suite 400 (305) 289-2500 Building Department – http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/ Lower Keys: Key West: 5503 College Rd Juvenile Justice Bldg, Rm 2030 (305) 295-3990 Middle Keys: Marathon: 2798 Overseas Hwy Suite 300 (305) 289-2501 Monroe County Clerk’s Office – /Lower Keys: Key West: 500 Whitehead Street (305) 3130 Monroe County Property Appraiser –www.mcpafl.org or via phone at (305) 292-3420 (Key West), (305) 289-2550 (Marathon) or FaceBook: Monroe County Property Appraiser/
Homestead Exemption: To qualify for homestead exemption for the first time, each person must have legal title to the property, as recorded in the official records of Monroe County, and who resides thereon and in good faith make the same his permanent residence or the permanent residence of another or other legally or naturally dependent upon such person. Each person must reside on the property, have legal title and provide proof of residency as of January 1st of the year that they are applying. Property owners can pre-file for homestead exemption. The deadline for filing for the upcoming year is March 1. See website for more details.
LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICES
Greater Key West Chamber: (305) 292-2587
Big Pine & Lower Keys: (305) 872-2411
Greater Marathon Chamber: (305) 743-5417
LAW ENFORCEMENT Monroe County Sheriff’s Office:Emergency 911 / Non Emergency (305) 745-3184