Elliott Key Harbor and Campground Closed Until Further Notice
While the harbor and campground are closed, University Dock remains open for day use only. The park approved a contractor to complete repair work. The contractor is in the process of acquiring necessary permits and hopes to begin repairs soon. More »
Biscayne National Park Closes in Preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac
Contact: Christiana Admiral, 305-230-1144, ext. 018
As Tropical Storm Isaac approaches South Florida, Biscayne National Park has instituted a temporary shutdown in accordance with its Hurricane Plan.
Effective at 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 24, 2012, all park islands (including Boca Chita Key, Elliott Key, and Adams Key) and the mainland area at Convoy Point (9 miles east of Homestead) are closed to the public. Biscayne National Underwater Park, Inc., the park's concessioner, has discontinued boat trips and rentals. Park waters 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 shuttering buildings and securing park property.
Did You Know?
In 2001, scientists taking a plant inventory in Biscayne National Park discovered a population of semaphore pricklypear cactus, one of the world's rarest plants. Previously known as only 9 plants in the lower Florida Keys, the new population numbered 570 plants...over 60 times the previous count.