MIAMI (CBS4) – As mysteriously as it appeared, a romantic “table for two” found on Biscayne Bay’s infamous “Piano Bar”, disappeared without a trace. Okay, not without a trace. Turns out, it was removed from the sandbar by order of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management, also known as DERM.
Early Friday morning, the saga of the “Piano Bar” took an odd twist when the sandbar, dubbed “Billy Shoal” by some, had something new on it. A small table set up with a tablecloth, two folding chairs, a bottle of wine, a couple of red roses in a small vase, and a statue of a chef standing up right next to it.
It was located on the same exact sandbar where 16-year-old Nicholas Harrington’s baby grand piano was removed Thursday.
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However, shortly before noon on Friday, CBS4’s Jorge Estevez arrived on the sandbar with a live remote crew in tow in order to provide viewers live pictures of the romantic setup on the sandbar. But when he arrived, the sandbar was empty! The table, chairs and chef were all gone. All that remained were broken, burnt up pieces of the baby grand piano.
It’s unknown who left the romantic scene set up on the sandbar but the mystery behind who removed it has been solved. DERM had the table, chairs and chef removed because they claimed it was litter. The setup was placed into a small motorboat and taken back to Pelican Harbor Marina. However, nobody has come forward to claim responsibility for the apparent copycat prank.
As for the burned out baby grand, local musician Carl Bentulan hired a tow company to rescue the battered instrument for his 10-year old son. A towing crew hauled the piano away Thursday before Harrington could arrange to remove it. State wildlife officials had served the Harringtons with orders to remove it within 24 hours.
Carl Bentulan said he plans to eventually put the piano in his living room.
It was unclear whether the Harringtons will seek custody of the piano.
But Lynn Mitchell, whose company picked up the piano, says maritime law is clear. The person who pays to salvage something abandoned at sea becomes the lawful owner.