Yesterday marked the beginning of stone crab season and the start of the business year for Joe's Stone Crab, which opened its doors at 5 p.m ., serving the first batch of claws to Miamians eager to get their hands on them (or with reservations we presume).
If you happened to be by Peacock Park yesterday morning, you may have seen something in the sky. It wasn't a bird, or a plane (although there was a plane involved). It was a skydiver with a cooler keeping the first batch of the crustaceans straight from the morning boats fresh and ready for landing. Don't believe us? Watch the video for yourself.
Tony Albelo, the founder of the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival returning to Peacock Park this Sunday, October 19, is the man behind the plan. The stone crab flight was a way to properly inaugurate the stone crab season, he explains.
Last year, he had Ralph Pagano of Alba Seaside Italian land in a helicopter and walk the first stone crabs out into Magic City air. "We wanted to ramp it up this time around."
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Hungry? You can indulge in stone crab claws this Sunday at the second annual Coconut Grove Seafood Festival. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.
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