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Tamiami Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony Announced

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Date: November 20, 2009
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Tamiami Trail Bridge Project will take place on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The project includes a one-mile bridge and other roadway modifications that will allow increased water flows to Everglades National Park. This will mark a new beginning for the Park and a major milestone along the journey to restore America’s Everglades.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: The S-334/356 structure on the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Miami-Dade County.

WHO: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is constructing the project. Partners include the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the State of Florida, and the South Florida Water Management District.

SPEAKERS: Invited speakers include DOI Secretary Ken Salazar and other representatives of the federal and state governments.

MEDIA INSTRUCTIONS: Parking for media and guests is provided at a designated parking area a short distance from the groundbreaking site.  Shuttle transportation to the site will be provided. A designated on-site media area will be set aside and will provide a good view of the ceremony for video and still cameras. A media-availability session will occur immediately following the event. Special note: Space for satellite-linked trucks is limited. Space must be reserved in advance, and on-site equipment must be set up by 11:30 a.m. Other members of the news media are encouraged to be at the parking area by 12:45 p.m. to allow time for shuttle transport and equipment set up.

Interested media, please contact Linda Friar, Everglades National Park, at 305-242-7714.

EVENT LENGTH: The ceremony is expected to last one hour.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Susan Jackson, USACE, at 904-232-1953.

FOR INFORMATION ONLINE: Visit www.evergladesplan.org or www.saj.usace.army.mil and click Tamiami Trail on the right.

-NPS-

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Baby alligator

Female alligators will vehemently protect their nests and their young until they reach one to two years of age. Keep your eyes out for baby alligators in the Everglades - they're about a foot long with yellow stripes.