(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Columbus Day weekend is one of the most popular times for boating, as most long holiday weekends are, and high demand can easily translate into long lines, long waits and lack of parking, hampering plans for a fun day out on the water. To help customers avoid unexpected obstacles that can derail holiday boating plans, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department urges boaters to contact its marinas for updates on important information before heading out to launch, including:
Miami-Dade Parks' marina staff is always on-hand to help facilitate smooth and successful boat launches and recoveries, but boaters should be aware that large holiday crowds at peak times can mean limited parking spaces for vehicles with boat trailers. Calling ahead and advance planning will make a boater's experience more enjoyable and successful.
- Best times to launch in order to avoid delays
- Updates on traffic and parking conditions
- Availability and affordability of short-term wet slips for the holiday weekend
These are the six marinas within the Miami-Dade County Parks system:
Crandon Park Marina
4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne
Matheson Hammock Marina
9610 Old Cutler Rd., Miami
Black Point Marina
24775 SW 87th Ave., Miami
Herbert Hoover Marina, Homestead Bayfront Park
9698 SW 328 St., Homestead
Bill Bird Marina, Haulover Park
10800 Collins Ave., Miami
Pelican Harbor Marina
1275 NE 79th St., Miami
For more information, visit Miami-Dade Parks.
About Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, 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 more information visit Miami-Dade Parks or call 3-1-1.
Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities. For more information visit the Parks Foundation, please visit www.parksfoundationofmiami-dade.com.
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