Miami-Dade County has decided to close the Hobie Island windsurfing Beach for up to 2 years, which means no no windsurfing, no kayaking, and no paddleboarding from that location, which was an easy paddle to Vizcaya.. These beaches are some of the few areas where you can easily access flat water and transport your equipment to do so.
As you know, Miami-Dade has allowed unbridled development on most of its beaches and waterways, where residents cannot even see the ocean due to the hotels, condos, and office buildings. Key Biscayne causeway is one of the few areas left where we can enjoy nature and watersports such as windsurfing.
Presently the County has announced that all of Hobie Beach Island Park (North and South side) shall remain closed, potentially for up to two years.
“Windsurfer Beach” is so named because it is perfect for accessing the prevailing southeast winds. It has been rated the #1 location on the Continental United States to learn. The wind direction combined with the warm shallow waters, make this section of Biscayne Bay the ideal location for all levels of windsurfers, especially for beginners and intermediate sailors who cannot handle ocean conditions. There are no other causeways in all of South Florida to access flat water. http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/beach/hobie-beach-windsurfer-beach-causeway/102557
From what we have observed, the loop entrance and exit at Mile Marker 6.5 appears mostly clear. We are asking the County to maintain access to this loop and fence off the areas east and west of us where the noticeable damage is a 100’ long stretch where the concrete curb has dropped away from road. Closing the entire beach seems excessive.