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Compass F l ashback MARKET MUSINGS Although bearing so many positive qualities, perhaps the most endearing aspect of our isle is that, while progress doubtlessly influences our village life, it does so at our pace, a fact which these before and after photos immaculately illustrate. Taken circa 1953, the before photo showcases one of the earliest iterations of that beloved cultural hub known simply as The Key Biscayne Shopping Center, a staple of early Island life. Later expanding to include Vernon’s Drugs, a business recognizable to generations of Key Biscayners which featured the Island’s earliest phone booth, the shopping center is still around today, radiating a heritage and charm generally bereft in townships bordering such emergent urban cityscapes. —  RYA N JA R R E LL Before photo courtesy of the Key Biscayne Historical & Heritage Society After photo by Marcelo Araica 34