Key West cares about its skyline and has enacted building height restrictions that can only be changed by referendum. Any mention of tinkering with this restriction immediately brews suspicion that developers are trying to create loopholes for huge condos.
Yet tinkering was necessary. The Biggert-Waters flood insurance hikes could only be solved by raising homes, but the 25-foot height limitation created a ceiling that essentially squished the options in the single-family district. To solve this, staff needed to create very specific language and do a lot of outreach to see that the ballot item passed.