Did Anyone Lose a Piano? [UPDATED]
The Miami Herald made a startling discovery recently, or rather, someone passed along this scoop to the Herald. A grand piano has taken up residence on a sandbar in Biscane Bay.
I don’t know Biscane Bay. (I don’t know a lot of things.) But I do know that pianos are heavy — I’ve moved a few — and a grand piano isn’t the sort of thing you just chuck on your dinghy. Laura Edwins reports grands begin at 650 pounds and go up from there, which strikes me as about right.
The various folks responsible for patrolling the bay tell Edwins they’re not going to bother with the piano, which may or may not have been worth anything before whoever deposited it there. Right now, it should remain dry even at high tide because the litterbug made sure to put it at the highest point of the sandbar.
UPDATE: Don Van Natta Jr. reports in The New York Times that the mystery behind the piano has been solved. Apparently, a high school student dropped off the piano in hopes of using it in a film he was considering shooting. And Nicholas Harrington had help, too, his father J. Mark Harrington is the production designer for the USA Network series Burn Notice.
The piano has been torched at least twice, the younger Harrington told the Times. I’m a bit surprised, really: if you’ve ever seen Burn Notice you would expect explosions or something.