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No Kiteboarding in Rickenbacker Causeway Area, Authorities Say

The Rickenbacker Causeway, and I’m saying this to make sure that everyone is on board, is a road across the Biscayne Bay that connects Miami, Florida to the barrier islands of Virginia Key and Key Biscayne. With the introduction out of the way, let’s get down to the news.

The news is that the authorities have decided to ban kiteboarding in the Rickenbacker Causeway area, which is truly a shame because the Biscayne Bay area offered good sailing conditions. Popular kiteboarding spot Hobie Beach, a long strip of sand along the Rickenbacker Causeway onto Virginia Key, will go out of business so to speak now that the authorities have decided to ban kiteboarding.

In the past as many as 50 kiteboarders could ride at Hobie Beach. If anyone tries to kiteboard at Hobie Beach now, they stand the risk of getting fined or even arrested. There are signs all over the place that say the police can fine and arrest those who do not respect the kiteboarding ban.

Who’s to blame for the ban? The local kiteboarders say it’s the kite instructors' fault for not respecting the no-riding zone inside the buoys. To avoid a ban the local kiteboarders tried to impose some safety rules for the past few months, rules like not riding close to the shore, reducing speed in the buoy zone and banning kite schools. Seems it wasn’t enough and the authorities banned kiteboarding in the Rickenbacker Causeway area.