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For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2012

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade Parks Issues Reminder to Memorial Day Holiday Beach Goers and Picnickers to Keep Beaches and Parks Clean and Safe

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department reminds residents and visitors heading out to its beaches and parks for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend not to litter.  Following a few simple rules will help make everyone's experience safe and pleasurable.

The following rules pertain to Miami-Dade County's beaches and parks:

  • Glass containers of any type are not permitted.
  • Place trash in designated receptacles.
  • Grills are only permitted in picnic areas.
  • Pets are only permitted in designated dog-friendly facilities. Service animals are permitted. (For a listing of Miami-Dade Parks' dog-friendly facilities, visit Miami-Dade Parks.)
  • Personal generators are not permitted.
  • Portable shade canopies larger than 10'x10'and enclosed tents are not permitted.

In addition, visitors are also reminded to secure their vehicles and not leave any valuables inside.

"Broken glass from bottles carelessly discarded on the grounds of beaches and parks, is one of the most serious
hazards to unsuspecting patrons, especially children, who cut their feet on the glass," said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. "The safety of wildlife is also at stake when it comes to litter, because ingesting trash mistaken for food can create life threatening situations for them.  We ask everyone to be considerate of the safety and well being of others this holiday weekend by not littering."

Miami-Dade County beaches and parks serve millions of residents and visitors annually. For more information about Miami-Dade Parks' beaches and parks, visit Miami-Dade Parks.

About the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit Miami-Dade Parks.

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