Hurricane Irma: Landscape at Rickenbacker Key Altered / Beach, Roads and Trail Damaged

The Rickenbacker Key is a five mile long expanse of beach along the Rickenbacker Causeway headed to Key Biscayne.  There is parking along the beach and it’s always packed on the weekends with people cycling, jogging, sunbathing, BBQing, fishing off the pier, (to my chagrin). Well, there was…..Thanks to Irma, my favorite running spot–The Rickenbacker Trail-is a mess.  And the popular beach is altered. The hurricane spread some of the sand from the beach over the road and the water moved closer to the road.  The road itself was damaged. The bricks were uprooted and trashed.

I went there on my last stop before the storm. I wanted to catch some of the cool wind before hunkering down for a few days. There were a few people out collecting sand and getting a last run or bike ride in before having to hide away. I even saw a group of guys going into the evacuation zone at Key Biscayne with surfboards. I knew it was going to be some time before I would be able to enjoy it again.  Here are the before and after pictures.

Intact Road Prior to Hurricane Irma


The Calm Before the Storm at the Beach
Sand, Seaweed, and Debris on the Road / No More Beach

The broken trail isn’t going to stop us from coming out to run.


Sand Scattered Along the Road
Woman Running Along Road Where Beach Used to Be
Man Overlooks Altered Landscape Where Vast Sand Bar Was Before Storm

I have to say, I went to this beach once to sunbathe and I found it extremely dirty like many of the public parks and beaches in Miami. It was filled with litter and I even found some dead animals from Santeria once.  Maybe this is natures way of sending us a signal that we need to clean it up. I wonder what the city is going to do about this area. I hope they fix the trail up soon, but I am sure the beach will closed for some time to come.

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