Your weekly slice of island life.

Hello Key Biscayne!

A little flooding on the Key this past Monday had everyone and their mothers out on the streets getting into watersports. Playing in the floods has been a thing in Key Biscayne for as long as anyone can remember, but it really picked up this time once the videos were shared around. By late afternoon there was a bevy of dads wading through the brown water with their kids in tow wishing social media didn’t exist. 🤳

Palm trees and Biscayne Bay view from Key Biscayne Yacht Club May 2020Nothing like staying home on a rainy day.

Articles of interest

Smells like humanity We spent all that time trying to figure out what exactly was causing the bacteria build up on our beaches, yet we never considered it might just be our own stank asses getting in the water day in, day out.

Preliminary research from UM showed markedly less contamination at Key Biscayne beaches soon after they were closed for the pandemic; about a 1000:1 difference. They’re thinking that our own bodily secretions and sheddings may play a part in it. It’s still early, but they’re going to continue testing to see if they record a strong correlation. 🤢

(Univerity of Miami)

Summertime rolls The most hotly anticipated opening of the summer is here. Beaches and pools on the island, including Crandon Park, will reopen on Monday, June 1st. Bill Baggs State Park is expected to open, but it’s not clear as of yet. It’s also expected, but not confirmed, that the non-resident travel restriction will be eliminated.

The rules, of which there are a few (to be ignored by a good half of the people), include wearing a mask when entering and exiting the beach, but not while you’re out there. Will they stop clearing seaweed in an effort to keep the crowds down? Tune in next week! 🏖

(Mayor Davey)

Green mile You’re going to have to investigate this one yourself because there’s no source, but I’m pretty sure I remember watching the Village voting to paint the bike lanes green on Crandon. One council member said it would encourage bikers in a bad way, others said it would encourage bikers in a good way, and then it passed.

(🤔)

Calendar

Around Town

  • Wednesday, June 3
  • 🎓 A parade, but don't stop and watch (Crandon Blvd)

Last Week's Sales

No one's buying this week

Your covid bodega

Like a convenient corner store, this section repeats in every issue to remind you of some available services during the pandemic.

Got the munchies There are a lot more restaurants on the island than you might remember in your head when you’re thinking about what to eat. Thanks to this pandemic, most of them deliver and all are doing takeout. Here’s a list of everything you can eat.

(KB restaurant list)

Never leave the couch There’s great resources on the island in case you want help running errands, or know someone who does. You can also volunteer to run errands, in case you’ve got the cabin fever.

(KB pandemic resources)

Feeling it yet? If you’ve got symptoms or are considering getting tested, you can take this survey provided by the KBCF and the Village. If warranted, you may get a call and an appointment to get tested right here on the Key.

(KB Covid-19 Testing)

Flooding in Key Biscayne May 2020That's all, folks.

Did you like this? If you did, please forward it to your friends and tell them to subscribe at The Tropical Rag.

Read past issues in the archive.

Questions, comments, tips, or to lob sunscreen at each other’s backs from a distance 🧴, write to hi@tropicalrag.com.

Buy me a coffeeBuy me a coffee

If you liked this, sign up!

The Tropical Rag goes out every Thursday and has all you need to know about the going-ons of Key Biscayne. Sign up below and never miss an issue.

We don't sell your email to anyone. Read our privacy policy.