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07/24/2008 ~ The Utility Board approved a two-year lease agreement with Monroe County to operate an Animal Control Facility at Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) decommissioned Peaker Generating site on Industrial Road in Big Pine Key at their regular meeting on Wednesday, July 23rd.

The current 20-year lease with Monroe County to operate an Animal Control Facility on Big Pine Key was set to expire on August 31, 2008. On September 12, 2007, the Utility Board approved the termination of the current lease upon expiration.

“During subsequent months, KEYS’ Land Use Committee met with representatives of Stand Up For Animals (SUFA), Monroe County, and citizens in the Big Pine Key area, to discuss the animal control situation,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She added that, “as a result of numerous collaborative discussions, Monroe County agreed to continue their contract with SUFA and KEYS staff developed the current lease for animal control services.”

The initial term of the lease will be for two years, beginning at midnight on September 1, 2008, and ending at midnight on August 30, 2010. The Board of County Commissioners approved the lease on July 16, 2008.

The Florida Municipal Power Agency is currently working with Sun Edison and KEYS to determine the feasibility of installing a solar array on the adjacent property of the de-commissioned Peaker Generating site.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 23rd, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.

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