• 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 in Preparation for Hurricane

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Date: August 28, 2006
Contact: Helen Mayoral, 305/230-1144 x.3005
Contact: Elsa Alvear, 305/230-1144 x.3007

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

Effective 6:00 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2006, all park islands (including Boca Chita Key, Elliot Key, and Adams Key) and the mainland area at Convoy Point (9 miles east of Homestead) are closed to the public. Park waters will remain open for vessel transit only. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.

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 20 vessels) to an inland location.

Did You Know?

sea squirts on a mangrove root

Tunicates, or sea squirts, live on the roots of the red mangrove tree. These simple animals survive by filtering plankton out of seawater, and hold promise as the source of potent drugs used to fight tumors. Watch for them when snorkeling along Biscayne National Park's mangrove-fringed shoreline.