Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan B. Kimball is pleased to announce the release of the Preferred Alternative for the Draft Flamingo Commercial Services Plan for a final 30-day review period. "I have heard firsthand from many of you what a special place Flamingo is and how much you care about this place. Our challenge is to establish Flamingo, once again, as the 'gateway' to Florida Bay, the park’s backcountry and the Wilderness Waterway. We have worked closely with many of you to develop the plan and now we want to make sure the Preferred Alternative is the best vision for moving forward."
The initial public comment period for the Draft Plan ended on January 25, 2008. Based on the public comments received and additional analysis by the planning team, a Preferred Alternative was developed that largely includes elements from the Draft Plan's Alternatives B and C.
This is notification that the Preferred Alternative is now available for comment through Thursday, May 15, 2008. There are two documents available for comment: the full description of the Preferred Alternative and the Financial Analysis. The public is encouraged to view and submit comments through the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website: https://parkplanning.nps.gov, selecting “Everglades NP” from the drop down box, then “Flamingo CSP/EA”, and “Open for Public Comment”. A link to the site is also on the park’s website homepage: www.nps.gov/ever. Written comments should be mailed to: Everglades National Park, attn: Fred Herling - Flamingo CSP, 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL, 33034. A paper copy of the Preferred Alternative and Financial Analysis may be requested by calling the park at 305-242-7700. If prompted by voice mail, press “2” at 1st prompt and “5” at 2nd prompt to leave mailing information.
Following the 30-day comment period, final changes will be made to the Preferred Alternative before Superintendent Kimball forwards an approval recommendation to the NPS Southeast Regional Director on the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Once the FONSI is signed, the CSP will be finalized and implementation can begin. At the same time, the Preferred Alternative will be integrated into each of the General Management Plan (GMP) preliminary alternatives and carried forward in that process. The public will be kept current on CSP implementation efforts and public involvement opportunities through future press releases, mailings and updates on the park's website.