I used to live in Miami. Hobie beach was the W wind spot until it got shut down and then
there wasn’t any good close by spot for west wind unless going by boat.
Sometimes I would make the drive (more than an hour) over to Marco island tiger tail park which was a great west wind spot. Is tigertail park no longer open for kiting? If that’s still an option, I highly suggest people in S FL make the drive to Marco if they want to kite in W wind.
Crazy to try to kite on one of those small inland lakes, that guy got what he deserved. S FL is crowded with kiters in a limited number of safe / legal spots. For any newbies in SFL, if you don’t see other people kiting in a spot, there’s a reason why, Don’t go.
I miss the warmth of Miami but gotta love often being the only one out where I live now. Completely empty wide beaches with no development in the national seashore around Pensacola. Good for any wind direction and options for gulf side with waves or sound side for flat.