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    National Preserve Florida

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Preserve Staff Monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac

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Date: August 23, 2012
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Hurricane Season Rhyme
"June - Too Soon
July - Standby
August - You must
September - Remember
October - It's all over"

The current track of Tropical Storm Isaac has the potential to impact the southwest coast of Florida. National Park Service staff at Big Cypress National Preserve are monitoring the storm closely. If the storm continues on its current projected track steps may be taken to close all visitor facilities within the Preserve, including access to the backcountry, some time during mid-day on Saturday. If the track moves further from the coast in subsequent storm up-dates the likelihood of a closure may be diminished.

An up-date to this notice will be provided tomorrow as decisions are made with the latest storm data. For storm information click here.

Did You Know?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.