Boat Tours, Paddle-craft Rentals and Select Conveniences Temporarily Unavailable
Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.
Elliott Key Harbor and Campground Closed Until Further Notice
Contractors began work to repair damaged boardwalks and marina at Elliott Key and the visitor center grounds. The marina and campground at Elliott Key are closed until the repairs are complete. University Dock on Elliott Key remains open for day use only. More »
Mooring Buoy and Marker Plan and EA Public Meetings
Biscayne National Park is reviewing its current navigational and mooring system to determine whether moorings and navigational markers should be removed, relocated, or increased in number to protect marine resources and provide for the enjoyment of park resources such as reefs and shipwrecks. The park is considering appropriate criteria and standards for establishing future mooring sites, as well as defining desired conditions for mooring sites and navigation. The proposed plan will describe management options for a few areas in the park where boating visitors are concentrated in confined areas resulting in resource damage, visitor conflicts, and unsafe conditions, for example the sandbar at Sands Key. The plan will examine whether some high-use areas need different or additional navigational or informational markers. The park is also considering formalizing and expanding the Maritime Heritage Trail in order to facilitate access to historic shipwrecks and other submerged archeological sites, by installing mooring buoys and providing diver cards and brochures for each of these sites.
To learn more about the Plan and to provide input and comments, the public is invited to three public meetings:
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 6-8pm
Miami-Dade College, Homestead Campus
Rooms F222-F223, Aviation Building F
500 College Terrace
Homestead, FL 33030-6009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 6-8pm
Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport
950 N.W. LeJeune Road
Miami, FL 33126
Thursday, July 9, 2009 6-8pm
Key Largo location
Holiday Inn Key Largo Resort
99701 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
The 45 day public comment period for this Plan ends July 31, 2009. Public comments can be made in several ways:
-attend a public meeting to express your comment in person;
-mail comments on the pre-addressed comment form obtained at the public meetings or send written comments in any format to Biscayne National Park, Attn: Mooring Buoy EA 9700 SW 328th Street, Homestead, Florida 33033;
-via the Internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov
-hand deliver comments to Biscayne National Park at 9700 SW 328th Street in Homestead, Florida.
Did You Know?
Manatees are aquatic relatives of elephants. They have thick gray skin, coarse hairs, big toenails on their flippers, and lips that can rip and tear plants. Ask a Biscayne National Park ranger for suggestions on good places to look for these gentle giants.