Weekly News update from KB Independent

December 11, 2023

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More than 150 gathered to celebrate the lighting of a menorah on Key Biscayne’s Village Green Sunday, but the ceremony marking Hanukkah took on additional meaning amid ongoing fighting in the Gaza Strip.

We feel for our brothers and sisters in Israel, and we will stand in unison with you,” said Mayor Joe Rasco.

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“I’m really glad to see the Village getting behind it,” said show emcee Theo Holloway. “I think the fact that we had a record number of boats is a testament…

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There are 14 candidates vying to become the first elected sheriff in Miami-Dade County in nearly 60 years — but only one can be found on Key Biscayne Sunday mornings in front of the choir at St. Christophers-by-Sea Episcopal Church. 

John Barrow, who is a major in charge of the personnel management bureau, has been the director of music at the church for the past 11 years. He launched his campaign officially on Dec. 1 in Key Biscayne. 

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An idea to create more pickleball courts at Crandon Park looks like it will hit the net before it even gets served, according to one member of a powerful committee that controls the use of the park. 

More courts for the popular sport are being pushed by County Commissioner Raquel Regalado and former Key Biscayne Mayor Mike Davey, who were both appointed in November to the four-member Crandon Park Amendment Committee

But another member …

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Key Biscayne Council Member Oscar Sardiñas says he’s hopeful a revised set of goals will lead to lower costs for proposals to install miles of pressurized drainage lines for fight sea level rise.

His comments about the project — which now stands at $310 million — came on thje Anti-Social podcast. “Maybe it’s not wise to spend too much on current technology, because future technology might be better, cheaper, more accessible,” Sardiñas said.

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SPORTS

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Five organizations have put in bids to run Key Biscayne’s Soccer Club, currently a $1.6 million athletic contract that touches 1,000 children and their families, and that dominates precious field space in a community where it seems every youth wants to be the next Messi.

The current vendor, KB Soccer Inc., led by Marcelo Radice, is aiming to renew  the contract —  but he faces  competition from one of his former colleagues – Jackie Kellogg…

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The 2023 Major League Soccer season was undeniably the year of Lionel Messi. The World Cup champion and eight-time Ballon d’Or winner arrived at Inter Miami this summer and changed…


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


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It started as a cocktail party to kick off Art Basel more than 20 years ago. Now it is an annual event where Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz open…

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U.S. Rep. María Elvira Salazar, whose district includes Key Biscayne , says she’s returning two donations her congressional campaign received from Manuel Rocha, the former U.S. ambassador in Latin America…


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