Even though TAMPOA claims to have ownership of the portion of Southard Street that runs through Truman Annex, I have yet to see their evidence.
I commend the Key West city officials and representatives who have continued to fight TAMPOA. TAMPOA has shown themselves to be a tenacious adversary. I wonder if their attitude has been driven by their president Tom Tukey. (If you weren't aware, Tom Tukey was the guy (along with his wife) who was ordered by a judge to return a neighbor's cat - a, er, "cat" fight that put the cat's owner through her own little hell, with expensive lawyers and legal maneuvering pointed at her. Fortunately the rightful owner of the cat won.)
To me, Tom Tukey is doing the residents of Truman Annex a disservice and should be removed from his leadership position. Truman Annex residents: Send a clear message to the rest of the island that you care about the whole island of Key West (which I am sure many of you do).
TAMPOA claims that if you allow full public access to the streets in that neighborhood than theirs' would not be a gated community and they would lose property value. Is that what you came here for?
I should point out a recent comment added to this blog by a visitor, posted under the name "Southernmost Commish":
Thank you Cayo Dave for your support. There is much happening lately,
including selectively preventing individuals from entering Truman Annex. Also,
we are awaiting the judge's decision on the TAMPOA motion to exclude the Bahama
Village Consortium legal team from these proceedings. The problem for them, as I
see it, is that this sharp team of legal professionals are now part of the
city's legal advisors. So... the issues that remain, in fact are: the city's
motion to dismiss TAMPOA's lawsuit and the BVC's motion to disclose the
information they claim to have proving ownership. On several occasions, TAMPOA
has SAID they own the street... There's an old saying that I subscribe to that
says "Saying it's so, doesn't make it so." If they had this proof and are truly
over this issue as they claim, it would have been produced long before now, and
eminent domain would have begun.
I implore our City representatives to not give in to TAMPOA. If you need to, use eminent domain!! This is exactly what eminent domain should be used for. And while they are at it, rip out the rest of the gates. If the city of Key West is going to have to pay any damages (because TAMPOA says they'll no longer have the added value of being a gated community), than I say "Get you money's worth" and rip out all the Truman Annex gates...open up all the Truman Annex streets, and allow people, to come and go as they please.
Float a bond if you have to! But you may find that damages are not what TAMPOA is claiming.