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For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2016
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Caitlin MacLaren

Jennifer L. Messemer-Skold

South Florida Welcomes New Biscayne National Park Superintendent, Celebrates Land Transfer

On November 14, 2016 South Florida National Parks Trust and Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava hosted a reception to welcome Biscayne National Park’s new superintendent Margaret Goodro and celebrate the gift of 45 acres of coastal wetlands from Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department to Biscayne National Park.

In July, Commissioner Levine Cava sponsored legislation conveying the county-owned land north of Black Point Marina to the National Park Service. The nearly 45 acres of land will be used to restore natural water flows to Biscayne Bay as part of the Everglades Restoration Plan.

More than 100 community members gathered at the Deering Estate to greet Superintendent Goodro, who thanked the County for the land transfer.

"Miami-Dade County’s generous gift of land during the Centennial anniversary of the National Park Service shows a commitment to restore Biscayne Bay for future generations to enjoy," said Biscayne National Park Superintendent Margaret Goodro. "This makes it easier for fresh water to flow over the coastal wetlands, home to river otters and wading birds, and out to Biscayne Bay. Biscayne Bay needs fresh water for Florida manatees and to maintain the nursery habitat for important reef fish like snappers and groupers."

Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department Director Lester Sola and Commissioner Levine Cava presented a signed proclamation to the Superintendent to mark the conveyance of the 45 acres of land.

“The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department is known for high quality and reliable drinking water, but we are also committed to being good stewards of our natural resources,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “The donation of these 45 acres to the National Park Service is just one more opportunity for the department to make a positive impact to our local environment. It’s good to know that we are contributing to the well-being of this beautiful park for ourselves and for future generations.”

“Everglades Restoration is critical to preserving safe and clean drinking water in perpetuity,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “I am thrilled that we in the County are working with federal partners to protect our natural resources.”

Biscayne National Park Superintendent Margaret Goodro, Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department Director Lester Sola