A sense of citizenship inspires residents
By Alexander Someillan
Key Biscayne is a barrier island off the coast of Florida with large sheltered beaches whose residents thrive on the island vibe. And Throughout the years, it has become much more than just a tropical destination.
Founded in the year 1991, the village of Key Biscayne has had nearly 30 years of development. From evolving from a small, cozy village to eventually a bustling, growing town many citizens have experienced the evolution first hand.
“Even though the population has doubled since I was an infant, it’s extremely calm and you can feel that everybody here pretty much knows each other. That is truly why I love Key Biscayne,” said Key Biscayne Citizen Shoni Blitstein.
Although the closeness of the community and the familiarity of faces is attractive to most, there are some that find that a bit intimidating.
A recent transplant from Madrid, Spain, Leyre Chico said “Personally, I love Key Biscayne. However, I do not like the fact that while walking down the street, I see familiar faces because I’m a timid person.”
However, this close-knit community is what identifies Key Biscayne. In fact, it’s what the city strives to preserve. Mayor Mayra Peña Lindsay said “The Village of Key Biscayne incorporated 27 years ago to keep the village within the village. We value and strive to protect our close knit community, our environment and good, responsive government.”
“It’s a unique environment, and the people who have grown up here have a sense of belonging.”, said Shoni Blitstein “If you grew up here, you’ll be a Key Biscayne citizen for life, regardless of where you live. Even as a current medical student in West Virginia, I never forget Key Biscayne.”
While it’s residents enjoy a separate peace from the hustle and bustle of Miami, they still remain true to the city’s cultural roots as that is what truly identifies them.
With contributions made by Lukas Guerra