East Everglades Reopened for Private Airboating

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Date: September 21, 2017
Contact: Mike Litterst, 202-306-4166
Contact: Brent Everitt, 850-393-7952
Contact: Katie Lawhon, 717-253-5776

Incident Information: http://go.nps.gov/Hurricane
For photos of affected national parks, go to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nps_eimt/
Homestead, Fla. – After assessing the Northeast district of Everglades National Park for hazards, the National Park Service has reopened the park’s marine areas east of the L-67 Canal and as far south as Buzzards Roost / Grossman's Ridge (commonly known as East Everglades) for private airboating. Boaters should be advised that the only public launch site available is located East of Coopertown. The park cannot be accessed via SW 168th Street until power lines and other hazards have been addressed.
Terrestrial areas of Everglades National Park remain closed while park waters are open for access, to include the park’s commercial permit holders. The Flamingo Marina is closed and no services are available there.
Information about recovery efforts at Everglades National Park and all other affected parks is available at: http://go.nps.gov/Hurricane.
The National Park Service (NPS) Eastern Incident Management Team has more than 300 laborers, saw teams, arborists, heavy equipment operators and other employees on the ground throughout South Florida, along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean clearing debris and working to safely reopen parks damaged by Hurricane Irma.  Many affected national parks are closed to all use, including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, due to safety concerns during cleanup operations.

Last updated: September 25, 2017

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