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

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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    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.

Public Meeting to Discuss Coral Reef Restoration Plan & Environmental Impact Statement

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Date: May 25, 2010
Contact: Amanda Bourque, 305-230-1144, x005

A public meeting to discuss Biscayne National Park’s Coral Reef Restoration Plan and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (plan/EIS) has been scheduled for Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 6-8 pm at the Florida City City Hall, 404 West Palm Drive, Florida City. The meeting will provide the public with an overview of the plan so they can make informed comments during the comment period which runs through June 28, 2010.

Many vessel groundings occur annually in the park, causing injuries to submerged resources. The goal of coral reef restoration actions in the park is to create a stable, self-sustaining reef environment, similar to that which existed prior to injury. The plan/EIS provides a systematic approach for addressing injuries to coral reefs caused by vessel groundings within the park.

In preparing the plan/EIS, the NPS developed and evaluated two alternatives, the No Action alternative, and Restoration Using a Programmatic Approach. Within the Programmatic alternative, a range of coral reef restoration actions was considered and evaluated, including actions that may involve one or more restoration methods. The Programmatic alternative is the NPS's preferred alternative.

The NPS also invites comments on the plan/EIS. The document is available for review on the Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website:

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/bisc

Written comments can be mailed or hand-delivered to:

Coral Reef Restoration Plan
Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328 Street
Homestead, Florida 33033

Did You Know?

Pat Cummins' painting of mangroves at Adams Key

Rotating art exhibits in Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery highlight the works of both established and emerging artists who are inspired by the park's natural beauty.