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For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Parks Seeks Concessionaires for Crandon Park

In an effort to advance park development approved by the Crandon Park Master Plan and to improve the overall park visitor experience, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department invites qualified concessionaires to discuss their interest in developing and operating one or more new concessions throughout the 904-acre Crandon Park. Interested parties are invited to learn more about the Crandon Park Concessions project and provide their feedback at an Industry Day meeting, taking place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Crandon Golf Course Restaurant, 6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. This is the first phase of a two-phased process to ultimately receive proposals for these concessions.

"With this Master Concession Agreement, Miami-Dade County Parks is seeking to improve the Crandon Park visitor experience. Expanded opportunities for recreational activities such as canoeing, kayaking and biking, compliment the character of this designated Heritage Park," said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys.  

Miami-Dade County Parks prefers to contract with one Master Concessionaire for all operations at Crandon Park, however it is open to contracting with several major or minor concessionaires for each area described below:

Concession Opportunities                                            Locations

" Attraction (Narrow Gauge Train)                         52-acre Crandon Gardens site
" Equipment Rental (Canoe/Kayak Rental)            52-acre Crandon Gardens site
" Educational (Wildlife Education/Contact)             1.1-acre Crandon Gardens site
" Equipment Rental (Chairs/Umbrellas)                 14-acre Crandon Gardens site
" Food Service (Concessions/Mobile Carts)           35-acre Crandon  Beach site
" Facility Rental (Cabanas/Food Service)               2.7-acre Crandon Beach site
" Equipment Rental (Bicycles/Transportation)        904-acre Crandon Park site
" Restaurant (Full-Service - Casual Waterfront)     .43-acre Crandon Marina site
" Amusement (Rides/Food/Party Rentals)             4.3 acre Crandon Park site
" Restaurant (Full-Service - Golf Course)              .35-acre Golf Course site

For further information, prospective concessionaires may download information about the Crandon Park Master Concession Expression of Interest (EOI) at
and titled "EOI Crandon Park Master Concession."  All questions and contact should be directed to: Deborah Tavera, Business Specialist, Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, 275 NW 2 St., Suite 509, Miami, FL  33128, phone 305-755-5459 or e-mail

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor's Sustained Excellence Award and 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