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Date: September 21, 2007
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714

For Immediate Release


Everglades, Dry Tortugas, and Biscayne National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve in south Florida announce implementation of a standard application fee for special use permits and film permits that will be charged at each of the four parks.

At each location, a consistent, non-refundable fee will be collected with every special use permit application, including those for commercial filming.  Other park-specific fees, such as fees for a permit, monitoring, location, or facility-use, may also apply. These additional fees are based on actual costs incurred by the National Park Service for private or commercial events in the parks.

All National Park Service lands require a special use permit for a variety of special uses of the park including any special event or activity that “…provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization rather than the public at large, and requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the NPS in order to protect park resources and the public interest” (Director’s Order #53: Special Park Uses). These activities include, but are not limited to, weddings, birthday parties, organized group campouts, bike rides, first amendment activities, ceremonies, and non-profit group activities.

Film permits are a type of special use that requires detailed information in an application for any commercial filming and still photography. To recover the costs of administering the permit program, a $100.00 non-refundable application fee, currently in place at Biscayne National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve, will now be collected at Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks for these special use permits beginning December 1, 2007.

For more information, please contact the following park permit program coordinators: 

Big Cypress National Preserve – Ed Clark                                                       239-695-1108

Biscayne National Park – Maria Rodriguez                                        305-230-1144 X -3074

Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks - Skaidra Kempkowski 305-242-7732


Did You Know?

Ibis in Flight

In the 1800s John James Audubon noted that the sky was often darkened by the flocks of numerous birds above. Since the early 20th century, around 93% of the wading bird population has vanished. Much of the wildlife left in south Florida depends on Everglades National Park for a home.