• 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 Islands Reopen

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Date: August 26, 2011
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144,x 007

With the lifting of the Tropical Storm Watch related to Hurricane Irene, Biscayne National Park has reopened all park facilities to the public. The park's islands (including Boca Chita Key, Elliott Key, and Adams Key) were closed to the public on Wednesday.

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.

Did You Know?

Grass porgy photo by Carol Grant

If you added up all the different kinds of vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) in Grand Canyon, Yellowstone or Yosemite, you still wouldn't have the number of fish found in Biscayne National Park. You'll have to look closely to see many of them, including this grass porgy.