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Key Biscayne is a village located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the village had a
total population of 10,507.
Key Biscayne is an island that lies south of Miami Beach and east of Miami. It houses many
Key Biscayne seasonal rental units of all sizes. Visitors can reach
Key Biscayne from the mainland by driving over the Rickenbacker Causeway, a roadway and series of bridges
that span Biscayne Bay. Key Biscayne is part of the same geological formation as the Florida Keys, which sit
atop coral rock islands, as well as partly-submerged mangrove swamps.
The Key (from the Spanish word cayo, for "island") is connected to Miami via the Rickenbacker Causeway,
originally built in 1947. Because of its low elevation and direct exposure to the Atlantic Ocean, it is
usually among the first Miami areas to be evacuated before an oncoming hurricane. Key Biscayne seasonal
rental business is at its peak during the winter season, from October to May, just to avoid the weather
The Key is home to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and, along with parts of Biscayne Bay, forms Biscayne
National Park, just minutes away from any Key Biscayne seasonal rental condo or villa.
Since 1985, a major professional tennis tournament for both men and women has been held annually in Key
Biscayne. Currently known as the NASDAQ-100 Open, the event was formerly the Lipton Tennis Championships
from 1985 to 1999 and the Ericsson Open from 1999 to 2002. It certainly attracts many people looking for
Key Biscayne seasonal rental deals.
Native Americans of the Tequesta tribe were the first inhabitants of Key Biscayne, arriving by dugout
canoe. They used the island as a base for fishing, collecting shellfish and hunting for sea turtle eggs.
Juan Ponce de Leon charted Key Biscayne on his first mission to the New World in 1513. He christened the
island Santa Marta and claimed it for the Spanish Crown. The island served as a source of fresh water for
Spanish ships but the island was not colonized by the Spanish Empire perhaps because of the treacherous
reefs, constantly shifting sandbars and unpredictability of tropical storms.
After Florida became a U.S. territory in 1821, the federal government built the Cape Florida lighthouse at
the southern tip of Key Biscayne in 1825. On July 23, 1836, the lighthouse was attacked and burned by
Native Americans of the Seminole tribe during the Second Seminole War. An assistant lighthouse keeper was
killed and the lighthouse was abandoned until the end of the war in 1842.
In 1846, US Congress appropriated $23,000 to rebuild the lighthouse and work was completed in 1847. In
1861, Confederate militants sabotaged the lighthouse so that it could not guide Union sailors during the
blockade of Confederate Florida. The lighthouse was repaired and re-lit again in 1866. This lighthouse and
Key Biscayne seasonal rental condominiums have become a symbol for the city.
Early in the 20th Century, two-thirds of Key Biscayne was farmed as the largest coconut plantation in the
continental United States. It wasn't until the construction of the seven-mile Rickenbacker Causeway in 1947
that the island became a convenient place to live. The Mackle Construction Company built hundreds of ranch
and cottage homes, and Key Biscayne seasonal rental houses for returning Korean War veterans in the 1950s.
Fishing, boating and beachcombing were popular pastimes for the working class residents of the new Key
Biscayne seasonal rental suburban island community.
President Richard Nixon purchased the first of his three waterfront Mackle homes in 1969 to be close to
his close friend and confidant, Bebe Rebozo. Bebe Rebozo, owner of the Key Biscayne Bank, was indicted for
laundering a $100,000 donation from Howard Hughes to the Nixon election campaign. Plans for the Watergate
break-in at Democratic headquarters were discussed at the Key Biscayne Nixon compound and, as the Watergate
scandal unfolded, Nixon spent more time in seclusion there. Nixon visited Key Biscayne more than 50 times
between 1969 and 1973. The U.S. Department of Defense spent $400,000 constructing a helicopter landing pad
in Biscayne Bay adjacent to the Nixon compound and when Nixon sold his property, including the helicopter
pad, there were public accusations that he enriched himself at taxpayer expense.
In 1992, Hurricane Andrew destroyed many homes, businesses and Key Biscayne seasonal rental units, but
uninhabited Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park received the brunt of the storm. Fear of hurricanes did
not deter construction of several large resort hotels, condominium complexes, Key Biscayne seasonal rental
properties and shopping centers on the island as the once bucolic island life continued to accelerate at a
frenetic pace. Key Biscayne seasonal rental condos increasingly caters to an elite population of business
moguls, high-income professionals, and a significant influx of Latin American tourists and part-time
residents fleeing political and economic instability in their home countries.