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For Immediate Release:
April 10, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade Parks Announces Pelican Harbor Marina Opens New Mooring Field and New Dinghy Dock

There's no better way to de-stress and experience Miami-Dade County's magnificent ocean views and sunsets than by sailboat.  To add to the ease and enjoyment of your boating experience, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has opened a new sailboat mooring field and dinghy dock at Pelican Harbor Marina. The marina welcomes transient and long-term moorage customers.

The new mooring field contains 27 moorings, constructed of high-quality steel helix anchors coupled with Helmken "StormSoft" upline/buoy systems that can easily accommodate offshore anchorage for sailboats up to 35-feet long.  Sail boaters will need to bring along their own dinghy (small boat) to access their moored sailboat.  For added convenience, there is a new ADA compliant dinghy dock. The marina improvements were funded with $247,500 in marina revenue bonds.

Pelican Harbor Marina, located at 1275 NE 79 Street, Miami (on Biscayne Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway at statue mile 1084) offers close ocean access to the Haulover inlet and Government Cut. It is just minutes from South Beach, shopping and restaurants.  The marina features a variety of boating services and amenities that include free parking, 24-hour security and boat ramp access, 112 wet slips, transient dockage, a dinghy dock, fuel operations, pump-out services, water taxi service, and an on-site sailing school. The marina's dock master building contains a boater's hospitality area with vending machines, restrooms, showers and laundry services. There is also a sea bird rehabilitation station on site.

Marina patrons can take their boat or catch a water taxi to the nearby Pelican Island nature preserve and bird sanctuary, just 400 yards offshore. The Island has a day dock, barbeque grills, picnic tables, shelters and a sand volleyball court.

For more information about Pelican Harbor Marina, call 305-754-9330 or visit the Miami-Dade County Parks web site at

About the Miami-Dade County 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 County 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 Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit

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 on the Parks Foundation, please visit

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