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    Key Biscayne

    Key Biscayne is an island town in Miami-Dade County located between Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, with about 30 acres of Atlantic Ocean beach on the east and Biscayne Bay on the west. The original residents of Key Biscayne were Tequesta Indians of the Calusa nation. Ponce de Leon discovered the land he called Santa Marta and claimed it for the King of Spain in 1513. The land was then granted to Pedro Fornelis. In 1821, Florida became a territory of the United States and Ma...

    Key Biscayne is an island town in Miami-Dade County located between Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, with about 30 acres of Atlantic Ocean beach on the east and Biscayne Bay on the west. The original residents of Key Biscayne were Tequesta Indians of the Calusa nation. Ponce de Leon discovered the land he called Santa Marta and claimed it for the King of Spain in 1513. The land was then granted to Pedro Fornelis. In 1821, Florida became a territory of the United States and Mary Ann Davis of St. Augustine purchased the island from the Fornelis family for $100 and 3 acres of that land was sold to the United States government for a military reservation for $225. Shortly after, a lighthouse was built and first lit in 1825. However it did not last long as it was burned down in 1836 during the Seminole Wars. The lighthouse was rebuilt and relit on April 30, 1847.

    The Davis family began to slowly develop Key Biscayne in 1839 with few lots being sold. Coconut palms and pineapples were planted all over the Key. There were occasional ship raids by pirates. William John Matheson, a successful industrialist, purchased land north of the Davis property in Key Biscayne, where he developed a coconut plantation and other experimental fruit groves. He worked with David Fairchild, an American botanist and plant explorer. Matheson and his family created a community on the plantation which included schools and a zoo. Like much of South Florida at the time, Key Biscayne was greatly affected by the hurricane of 1926. The Matheson family had to rebuild most of the plantation and made a deal with Dade County to donate the northern half of the Key to the public in exchange for a causeway that would connect Key Biscayne to the mainland. In the mid 1950s, homes were built to target veterans. The small island town was incorporated in 1991. Key Biscayne also offers a nearby coastal barrier reef and the only federally recognized underwater archaeological trail in the United States.

    Today, Key Biscayne is not just a destination for “snowbirds” but home to a diverse community of business leaders, professionals, Latin-American residents, European residents, growing families and retirees who enjoy exclusive island life . Key Biscayne welcomes everyone as it is a great place to enjoy the beaches, parks and all of its amenities.

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