Biscayne Bay, Florida
Biscayne Bay is located on the Atlantic
coast of south Florida. The bay is home to a
unique combination of coral reefs and
beautiful islands that are rich with
thousands of years of history – from the
time of pirates to that of modern farmers.
Biscayne Bay is divided into three parts:
Central Bay, North Bay and South Bay.
Central Bay, which is the largest part, is
separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the
Safety Valve, a series of shallow flats
separated by tidal flow channels, stretching
from the south end of Key Biscayne to the
Ragged Keys at the north end of the Florida
Keys. This part of the bay has suffered from
pollution and loss of natural fresh water
North Bay lies between Miami Beach barrier
island from Miami on the mainland. Like
central bay, it has been affected by waste
generated by urban activities. Fortnuately,
water quality has been improving since 1979
when monitoring began.
South Bay, which is the least polluted, is
connected to Florida Bay through a few small
One of the newest popular structures
fronting the bay is the recently topped off
three-tower residential development Icon
Brickell, which is designed by Miami-based
architecture firm Arquitectonica. Adjacent
to Brickell Park and Miami Circle, the
development fronts one of the neighborhood's
most breathtaking stretches of the bay.