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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails, all secondary off-road vehicle trails are closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed. More »

  • October Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

    The National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve has cancelled the off-road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »

Doing Business With The Preserve

Providing Commercial Visitor Services
If you are a business operator and want to conduct business within Big Cypress National Preserve you are required to obtain a commercial use authorization permit (36 CFR Sec. 5.3). Failure to obtain this permit may result in the issuance of a fine and/or removal from the Preserve. As in any other unit of the National Park System, commercial visitor services may be provided only by those holding an authorization from the National Park Service.

Larger visitor service operations are provided under concession contracts. Smaller, single-service businesses are issued commercial use authorization, if certain requirements are met.

 

Note: If you are a nonprofit organization without taxable income, under the new National Park Service guidelines you are not required to obtain a commercial use authorization. However, you are required to obtain a special use permit.

Did You Know?

manatee

Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives. More...