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KBI Update

April 15, 2024

Good afternoon, readers

Well, it was more than just another traffic jam — and Key Biscayne has seen its share in the last month. This one was epic, caused by flyovers from the Rickenbacker Causeway to I-95 and Interstate 1 being shut down for repairs. FDOT, the Village, state lawmakers scrambled and the Independent was there to capture the story in real time. It was just one of many quality stories for subscribers this week.

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After a weekend traffic disaster where thousands of motorists were stranded for several hours, the Florida Department of Transportation on Monday opened up a northbound lane to I-95 from the Rickenbacker Causeway after state Rep. Vicki Lopez intervened with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Office.

The southbound lane to U.S. 1 was scheduled to reopen Tuesday once work crews reinstalled the guardrails. By early afternoon, traffic was moving flowing with no backups.

The Key Biscayne Village Council Tuesday argued among themselves – for the umpteenth time – about the first phase of the Big Dig’s new stormwater system before approving a $35 million project that was recommended for months by staff and the Village’s own engineers. 

The 5-2 decision came after at least five Council workshops, multiple public forums and reams of extra modeling – the latter at taxpayer expense. 



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SPORTS

 Inter Miami was fined by CONCACAF’s disciplinary committee for lack of security at Chase Stadium during its Champions Cup quarterfinal match against Monterrey on April 3. CONCACAF, the regional governing…

All Florida needed was one point to ensure its postseason run would start at home. And once that task was done, Sam Reinhart decided to put an exclamation point on…

Thomas Bryant scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 18 points and the Miami Heat tuned up for a trip to the play-in tournament by beating…



ENVIRONMENT

South Florida researchers trying to prevent predatory fish from devouring laboratory-grown coral are grasping at biodegradable straws in an effort to restore what some call the rainforest of the sea.…

Four years after scientists raced around the Florida reef tract to rescue healthy coral amid an outbreak of lethal stony coral disease, a bunch still living on Key West time…


IN CASE YOU MISSED


With the Florida Supreme Court upholding the state’s new stricter abortion ban, pregnant women in Florida — especially those in South Florida — may soon head to countries in Latin…

Florida is seeing two more recent instances of state government under Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis limiting the powers of local government with newly-signed bills that deal with worker safety and…

Victoria Méndez is no longer the City of Miami’s top litigator. Miami Commissioners voted Thursday to have Méndez step down as city attorney a full two months before her contract…


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