History of the Village of Key Biscayne

The Village of Key Biscayne, incorporated on June 18, 1991, is located in the center 1.25 square miles of a four-mile-long, two-mile-wide barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. The Village is bordered to the north by Miami-Dade County's Crandon Park and to the south by Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. The island is connected via causeway and bridges to the City of Miami on the mainland, approximately seven miles away.

Incorporation of the Village resulted in the first new municipality in Miami-Dade County in more than fifty years. Islanders fought for local control over future development, retention of more tax monies and improved public safety. The Village has its own Police and Fire Rescue departments and the lowest tax rate of any municipality in the County. Development of residential, commercial and resort properties since incorporation has changed the formerly laid-back character of the community with a snowbird population to an upscale, international flavor. Key Biscayne is now a sophisticated bedroom community of Miami with a diverse population of old-timers, business leaders, professionals and part-time as welll as full-time Latin-American/European residents.

Government: The Village of Key Biscayne has a Council-Manager form of government. The Village Council, the elected governing body, appropriates funds and determines policy, and includes the Mayor, Vice Mayor and five Council Members. The Village Council appoints a Village Manager, Village Clerk and Village Attorney.

Population: 14,800 (Source: 2020 United States Census)

Housing: Of the approximately 7,207 residential units within the Village, 1,296 are single-family homes and 5,911 are multi-family units.

Commercial Property: Seven shopping centers and other retail/office space total approximately 232,682 square feet.

Parks and Recreation: The Village borders nearly 30 acres of pristine Atlantic beach, has five public parks, and enjoys a full-service Community Center with gymnasium and pool. The Village Green, 9.5 acres in size, contains multi-use open fields, a half-mile jogging course, a partially-covered tot lot with interactive splash fountain and safety walls, a community bandstand, restrooms and small shade pavilion. Lake Park, nearly one acre in size, features a small shade pavilion overlooking the lake. East Enid Linear Park, a 1/2 mile in length, contains a ten-foot wide, bricked walkway leading to Beach Park. Beach Park features native landscaping, a palm plaza, a large shade pavilion, and restrooms with shower facilities. Civic Center Park near Village Hall and the Community Center is currently a passive park with shade trees and lawn. Calusa Park, a 7.5-acre area at the south end of Crandon Park, abouts the Village and is used by residents under an agreement with the County. It features four public tennis courts, playground and a multi-purpose recreation building. The playing fields and basketball courts at St. Agnes Academy are used by the Village under a shared-use agreement; playing fields at the Key Biscayne K-8 Center are also used by the Village via a similar agreement. In 2012 the Village signed signed an Interlocal Agreement with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools to develop playing fields on the grounds of the newly expanded MAST Academy-Cambridge Academies campus in neighboring Virginia Key.

Public Education: The Key Biscayne K-8 Center, founded as the Key Biscayne Elementary School in 1952, provides public education for children in kindergarten through 8th grade. A pre-kindergarten program also is available. Graduates proceed to Coral Gables Senior High School on the mainland. Students can apply to public magnet schools throughout the Miami-Dade County School District for elementary, middle and senior high admissions. In 2012 the Village of Key Biscayne signed an Interlocal Agreement with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools to assure priority acceptance for qualified students to the new Cambridge Academy programs at the campus of MAST Academy (a marine science and technology magnet school in Virginia Key). Many students on the island attend parochial or private schools on or off-island.

Public Library: The Miami-Dade County Library, located at 299 Crandon Boulevard. opened to the public in January 1985. The 6,000 square-foot branch library is surrounded by more than one acre of lovely subtropical gardens containing hundreds of native and exotic plants. The lushly landscaped pond attracts many native bird species and is also home to ducks, turtles, iguanas of all sizes. Hours (except holidays): Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m; closed on Sundays. The phone number is (305) 361-6134.

Government Access Cable Channel: Channel 77 (Comcast 77/ AT&T 99)



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