Video: Partying at Nixon Sandbar on Fourth of July

Categories: Flotsam

On weekends and holidays Miami-area sandbars like Nixon and Haulover frequently transform into some of the area's hottest water party spots. But policing the areas is exceedingly difficult, and after a spate of high-profile accidents at Nixon -- including the May 4 death of 23-year-old Ernesto Hernandez, who was killed after being sucked into the running propellers of a boat operated by DJ Laz -- the Key Biscayne Village Council has moved to block off the area from motorboats as a safety initiative.

See also: DJ Laz and the Dinner Key Boating Disaster: Too Many Watery Deaths

The night of the Fourth saw more tragedy on Biscayne Bay. Just before 10:40 p.m. a 32-foot Contender with five young people on board smashed into a boat carrying a family of eight, then careened into another vessel. Four were killed and three seriously injured, making the crash the area's bloodiest boating accident in recent memory. But in South Florida, where a culture of permissive partying has long coincided with famously lax boating regulations, it was far from the first.

For more read this week's feature story on the tragedies and Florida's lax boating regulations.

Video by Adam Hendel.

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Andrew Choban
Andrew Choban

I've been boating in Miami for 20+ years. I've done my fair share of sand-bar-hopping - Tiki Bar in Islamorada, Sands Cut at Elliot, Nixon, and Haulover. Now with a child, we only go to Haulover and it should not be included in this story. It's much more family friendly. If they shut down Nixon, it won't be anymore so I hope they keep this craziness down there and just start enforcing the right laws (boat capacity, life-vest, BUI, etc...) and adding the right laws (BOATERS LICENSE IS A MUST, idle sped after dark on holidays, etc...).

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

......................money money money money

Chris Hind
Chris Hind

people die everyday. take away the partying and the income and taxes will go with it. people travel thousands of miles just to party when they could do it right here. the more people you have the more fatalities you will have. it's just a fact of life. put 10,000 people together and someone is going to die somehow.

Gema Menendez
Gema Menendez

^Not like driving a car, much more dangerous for the person driving, people in their boat and other boaters around them if they're not trained. You need a license to drive a car but any idiot with access can drive a boat.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Like driving a car, you can't save all of them.

Michael Lemme
Michael Lemme

I was out there today and within 5 minutes 3 drunken idiots on their boats caused problems almost hitting other boats and also some swimmers.

Chari ThrillSeeker
Chari ThrillSeeker

From someone who has lived in Miami their whole life, these people are going to ruin it for everyone. I have been boating since six months of age, and have never needed any help of any kind. If your going out on the water be responsible for yourself and your passengers period.

Daniel N Glynn
Daniel N Glynn

Nothing with alcohol mixes, but one drink and the adventure is on!!!!

Oscar Diaz
Oscar Diaz

And all the trash they are throwing in the ocean?...

Wayne Hildreth
Wayne Hildreth

Looks like fun to me! Too bad they can't designate a driver for their boats though. This makes for a very dangerous ride home

Ron E. Chits
Ron E. Chits

Perhaps if they fence it off with a gate for authorized access....yea yea a watergate

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