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KBI Update

April 8, 2024

Good afternoon readers,

E-bikes and traffic congestion remained top issues in the last week on Key Biscayne. The Village moved closer to gaining control of Crandon Boulevard in its efforts to regulate micromobility devices, while it tries to figure short- and long-term solutions for the vexing traffic on the Rickenbacker Causeway. In other news, First Amendment rights clashed as a resident’s protest of a local church expanded.

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E-Bikes

Key Biscayne is one step closer to getting authority to create its own e-bike and electric scooter rules for Crandon Boulevard after a pilot program won passage before a key Miami-Dade Committee. 

The Feb. 14 death of a beloved island tutor, Megan Andrews, was mentioned several times during the debate before Chairman’s Policy Council, which took up a watered-down version of the legislation. The measure approved Monday only applies to Key Biscayne and would sunset after two years.

Rep. Vicki Lopez vowed Tuesday she would pass a new statewide e-bike and scooter law and name it after Megan Andrews, the Key Biscayne resident who died in a collision with an e-bike on Valentine’s Day.

Lopez said her goal is to let Key Biscayne and other communities craft their own solutions instead of simply enacting bans. She spoke at a meeting of the Key Biscayne Neighbors Association, a political group often critical of the Village administration. Andrews’ husband, Frank, and her daughter, Alexandra, said young children shouldn’t be operating e-bikes.



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For Key Biscayne’s 15,000 residents the number one item on the first draft of Miami-Dade County’s new plan for the Rickenbacker isn’t exactly the news they want to hear. Out of eight topics, reliable traffic flow on the island’s only roadway was not the top issue.

“They had it at No. 7. I wish they had put it at No. 1,” said Village Manager Steve Williamson. 

First Amendment rights clashed again in Key Biscayne Sunday as a sporadic protest at the Presbyterian church spilled over to the neighboring congregation, where puzzled parishioners at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church arrived to witness men waving a Confederate flag and holding signs with racial slurs.

On one side of the constitutional conflict is Francis Khan, a real estate agent who continues to burn Brazilian flags over his ire at Crossbridge Church Pastor Felipe Assis, a Brazilian-American. On the other side are congregants of two churches, who have an equally  strong First Amendment right to worship in peace and safety. 

Long-stalled plans to create a controversial marine preserve in busy Biscayne National Park to protect fragile areas from overfishing must be put in place as soon as possible, a federal judge ruled.

The preserve was initially approved in 2015 under a new park management plan that took 15 years to iron out. The plan left in place rules for 90 percent of the park. But state officials, who co-manage fishing rules in the national park, balked at enacting stricter rules across a 10,500-acre preserve, or about 6% of the 270-square mile park.


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SPORTS

 Caitlin Clark doesn’t want to think about it. Or doesn’t want to talk about it. That will come later. Probably much later. Yes, the Iowa star sees the packed stands.…

It was Messi’s first appearance for Inter Miami since a hamstring issue led to him getting subbed out early in the second half of a CONCACAF Champions Cup match against…

The Miami Marlins ended their team-record nine-game losing streak starting the season when Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Nick Gordon hit three-run homers in a six-run first inning that lifted them…


More Local

A small helicopter crashed off the waters of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Saturday with a male  pilot being able to escape, according to the  Key Biscayne Fire…

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava proposed a $2.5 billion bond measure in her “State of the County ” address, saying she wants to create affordable housing and eliminate  leaky septic…

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law Thursday that could pump hundreds of millions of dollars into Florida’s struggling environment from an unlikely source: online gambling.


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Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other top House Democrats held a congressional field hearing on Tuesday in Broward County to talk about “the escalating threat to reproductive freedom.”…


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