MiamiHerald / For three decades, tourists and locals have sought out the Rickenbacker Causeway and Hobie Beach for windsurfing, and the company Sailboards Miami was as constant at the spot as the easy surf and shallow waters off the coast.
Then came Hurricane Irma.
Since then the business has been closed, and a portion of the beach off the causeway remains shut down to cars and might not reopen until next May. And Sailboards Miami’s future as a windsurfing business has been left adrift.
Before the storm hit, the company’s owners, Ovidio and Karen DeLeon, were seeking a new contract with Miami-Dade County to continue operating as a windsurfing business for at least another two years.