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Hello Key Biscayne!

The answer to the title is technically no, but have you noticed how many AARP cardholders are suddenly out and about maskless? It seems like most of the island is feeling pretty comfortable right now, and it’s hard to find anyone out there who wants the vax but hasn’t gotten it.

Curfew is over, restaurants can go to 100% capacity, and boats can tie up again. You’ve still got the teenage soccer teams out there festering in a covid cloud, but they’re not likely to die from it. It’s more like mono for them, without the benefit of making out (mostly). 💋

Kids on KB beach sand mound April 2021Sometimes youth is well spent on the young.

Anywho, no news this week which is always a plus.

Every day for the next six months the MORAES team will be in charge of going up and down all the beaches on Virginia Key looking for and marking sea turtle nests so they don't get killed. They really need a mode of transport, preferably a golf cart or UTV. If you can help them out in any way please contact TJ and let him know. He says he'll give you a few turtle eggs for the favor, just don't tell anyone. 🐢

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Openings & Closings

Vinya – Stefano’s liquor store is rebranding as Vinya, and will be a sommelier-led wine shop. It’s not clear if they’ll still sell liquor but they’re hard at work remodeling the place right now (while still being open Thurs-Sun), and it’s slated to open May 3rd.

A brief history of island vice

Stefano left the Key twenty-five years ago but his legacy has lived on. If you’re new to the island or you’re not an old chunk of coal you might not know the history of Stefano’s. Well here is one part of that story, poorly summarized.

Stefano Brandino and his wife Linda owned his namesake liquor store/restaurant/club, the English Pub, and Sunday’s on the Bay. Once the English Pub was knocked down they opened Linda B’s, a steakhouse that’s now the Chase Bank (and the only remaining structure of the four).

Stefano's Key Biscayne 2007Does any good club really look cool during the day? This is 2007 after it closed.

In the ‘80s Stefano’s was the type of club where dudes rolled up in a Porsche and tipped $100 in ‘80s money ($10m today), wearing a big gold chain atop a hairy chest which you could see because they barely buttoned their shirts. These dudes were dangerous, not to be confused with the dudes who still look like this today. It’s not to say that these were the only patrons; in fact, all key rats from all walks of life went there at the time, but this scene was also there.

Staff was in on the action. It was the place to do cocaine in Key Biscayne. It even rhymed, and you know when things rhyme you have to do them.

Into the ‘90s as the feds started cracking down they went after Stefano (even though they later said he never had any hand in selling drugs). In 1995 the DEA, working undercover, offered to buy most of Stefano’s businesses for an inflated price, and told him it was drug money. He accepted and as soon as he took payment they arrested him. That was the downfall of the best nightclub, pool room (this kind -> 🎱), and place to do cocaine in Key Biscayne. The island still hasn’t recovered.

From there the government took stewardship of all the properties and eventually sold them. Stefano’s the restaurant/club slowly went out of style by the turn of the century but stayed open until the early 2000s. The liquor store lasted a bit longer at the original location, changed more hands, and was moved to the Galleria where it sits today.

The Stefano’s name was enough of a brand that it lasted 25 years longer than he did. Go get a look at the sign for the last time.

(Anyone remember The Tandy Band?)

From the peanut gallery

On the product selection at the Winn Dixie:

Spread the news 🗞

CVS sells Annie’s Mac & Cheese and they provide excellent customer service.

It’s unbelievable that Winn Dixie don’t have Annie’s Mac & Cheese in an island 🏝 full of children 👶 that all they eat is Annie’s Mac & Cheese.

And to make it worse WD didn’t even have Kraft Mac & Cheese. 😡 The shelf is empty. They did have their own label of Mac and Cheese, which I bought and…it was disgusting. 🤮

❤️ -M

PS: correction.
I did find one box ✅of Annie’s Mac & Cheese “Gluten Free” in the organic section.


Around Town

  • Friday, April 23rd
  • 🧛🏻 Last chance to realize your dream of dictating the future (Village Hall)
  • Saturday, April 24th
  • 🏝 Island reggae tide pod (Virginia Key)

Last week's sales

Location SQFT Rooms Prev Price
Galen Breakers 8C 1325 2/2 '07 $450k $530k
OC LT 501 3112 4/4.5 '11 $1.55m $2.45m
OC OT II 1203 2605 3/3 '04 $1.26m $2.4m
CC West 1002 895 1/1.5 '13 $440k $565k
KC IV 249 1790 2/2 '04 $474k $710k
KC II 240 1532 2/2 '09 $510k $1.055m
KC IV 154 1600 3/2 '12 $495k $639k
KC II 1134 1560 2/2 '06 $855k $935k
Solimar 3H 1058 2/2 '15 $440k $470k
CC West 1105 1260 2/2 '01 $280k $640k
CC East 203 840 1/1.5 '79 $125k $470k
Casa del Mar 22E 1875 3/2 '76 $135k $1.43m
Bahia Mar 5C 2162 3/3 '98 $310k $862.5k
KC III 407 1486 2/2 '13 $675k $780k
Mar Azul 6DS 1889 3/2 '11 $740k $1.02m
OC RV I 302 1830 3/3 '12 $950k $980k
KC I 741 2700 3/3 '92 $1m $2.25m

Going out like a champ

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