OFFICIALS STRIKE TENTATIVE DEAL TO SAVE KEY WEST’S SENIOR HOUSING FACILITY – Florida Keys Weekly

Key West’s financially strapped assisted-living facility, Poinciana Gardens, got a reprieve last week, when officials from three government agencies agreed to a cost-sharing arrangement.

The arrangement must still be approved by the Monroe County commission, the Key West city commission and the Key West Housing Authority board before becoming official. 

But Key West city manager Patti McLauchlin said she was very pleased with the discussion and decision. She met last week with County Administrator Roman Gastesi and housing authority director Randy Sterling. 

“We all agreed the county will contribute $600,000 a year for three years — if the money is still needed the third year. The city of Key West will contribute $400,000 the first year, $300,000 the second and $200,000 the third year, again, if it’s needed. The housing authority will continue to manage the facility and will contribute $200,000 a year for two years,” McLauchlin told the Keys Weekly. 

“It was a great negotiation and we all walked away happy,” McLauchlin said. “Our senior citizens are a vital part of the Keys community, and we all want to do whatever is possible to keep Poinciana Gardens open for them. I’ve updated the city commissioners individually and they are thrilled with the outcome.”

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