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Everglades National Park seeks public input on plan to improve Flamingo Marina

Concrete seawall with cracks and broken sections in front of a pink two-story building
The deteriorating seawall in front of the Flamingo Visitor Center at Everglades National Park

NPS Photo by Federico Acevedo

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News Release Date: March 29, 2023

Contact: Allyson Gantt, 786-610-8023

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District (USACE) are developing a multimillion-dollar project to replace failing seawall bulkheads, boat ramps, walkways, and aging amenities at the Flamingo Marina in Everglades National Park. Funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), this project aims to create an optimal visitor experience and improve safety while minimizing potential impacts on natural and cultural resources. The NPS and USACE are inviting public comment on this project through April 27.

“We are pleased to offer this opportunity to hear from our community and stakeholders,” said Pedro Ramos, superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks. “This plan will evaluate options for replacing critical infrastructure installed in the 1950s and ensure the safety and well-being of park visitors and concessioners. Without this project, the bulkheads may be subject to catastrophic failure, causing them to fall into the water.”

Flamingo is one of the most popular areas of the park for visitors and offers a wide range of activities and access to the backcountry and wilderness areas. The Flamingo Marina facilities provide berthing and launching points for concession tour boats, rental fishing and house boats, canoes and kayaks, guided fishing boats, and vessels for park operations.

Infrastructure funding from GAOA is part of a concerted effort to address the extensive deferred maintenance and repair backlog in national parks. Supported by revenue from energy development, GAOA's Legacy Restoration Fund provides up to $1.3 billion per year for five years to the NPS to make significant enhancements in national parks to ensure their preservation and provide opportunities for recreation, education, and enjoyment for current and future visitors.

The public can view a project newsletter with information about the project and alternative actions and submit written comments on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at

Although submitting comments through the project website is preferred, comments may also be mailed to:
Attn: Flamingo Marina Bulkheads Rehabilitation Project  
Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Mailed comments must be postmarked by April 27, 2023.

As required by the National Environmental Policy Act, the NPS and USACE will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) prior to final design to evaluate the likely environmental consequences resulting from a proposed action. The EA is expected to be released in Fall 2023. The public is encouraged to read the newsletter and provide any comments or concerns about the proposed project.  

Broken edge of a concrete seawall next to a piling in front of water and a pink one-story building
A broken edge of the seawall at the Flamingo Marina

NPS Photo by Federico Acevedo

Last updated: March 29, 2023

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