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Key Biscayne is banning nonresidents from exercising outdoors

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil

County Mayor Gimenez may be working on a strategy to ease restrictions in Miami-Dade County, but the Village of Key Biscayne has other plans.

Starting at midnight tonight, April 22, only residents with proper I.D. will be allowed on the Key for outdoor exercise. The new restrictions follow an emergency order issued by the Village of Key Biscayne that prevents nonresidents from entering Key Biscayne on nonmotorized vehicles—meaning, bicyclists, runners and pedestrians will not be allowed.

The barrier island was a destination for outdoor exercise long before lockdown, and its popularity has only surged since we’ve all been required to stay home. But there’s no more sprinting or pedaling alongside the shoreline, at least for the time being.

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Key Biscayne Mayor Mike Davey also announced this week that, for safety reasons, there are no immediate plans for reopening the beaches. “Trust me, there’s no one who wants to go to the beach more than me,” he said.

We’re all Mayor Davey right now, waiting out the lockdown at home while wishing we could weather April’s record-breaking temps on the water. Same, mayor, same.

Correction: The article previously mentioned the Rickenbacker Causeway, which is not part of the Village of Key Biscayne. The article has been edited to reflect the error.

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