Park Reopens After Tropical Storm Isaac
Contact: Matt Johnson, 305-230-1144, x050
Contact: Christiana Admiral, 305-230-1144, x018
After the passing of Tropical Storm Isaac and without sustaining any major damage, Biscayne National Park reopened all park facilities to the public this morning. The park's islands (including Boca Chita Key, Elliott Key, and Adams Key) were closed to the public on Friday.
After suffering severe damage in 1992's Hurricane Andrew, the park implemented a detailed plan for adequately protecting life and property, while at the same time taking into account employee's needs to prepare their own homes and families. The plan has been fine-tuned at every approaching storm, and currently calls for preparations to begin at 72 hours before potential landfall. These preparations include not only securing and shuttering buildings, but also removing the park's entire fleet of boats (over 25 vessels) to an inland location.