• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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  • 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.

Park Closes As Tropical Storm Fay Nears

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Date: August 17, 2008

As Tropical Storm Fay approaches south Florida, Biscayne National Park has instituted a shutdown in accordance with its Hurricane Plan.

Effective 5:30 p.m. on Sunday August 17, 2008, all park facilities (including those on Boca Chita, Elliott and Adams Keys) and the mainland area at Convoy Point (9 miles east of Homestead), boat tours, and visitor services are closed to the public. The Park waters will remain open for vessel transit. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.

After suffering severe damage from Hurricane Andrew in 1992, 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 for impacts from approaching storms. The Hurricane Plan, which is updated annually and is flexible enough to be tailored to each pending storm, calls for preparations to begin well before potential landfall. These preparations include securing and shuttering all park buildings, moving the park's entire fleet of boats (over 20 vessels) out of the water and securing them out of harms way, posting closure signs throughout the park and providing updated information to the public via Biscayne's website (www.nps.gov/bisc) and the park's information line at 305-230-PARK (7275). The public should contact these information sources for ongoing updates on park operations.

Did You Know?

manatees

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.