Miami-Dade County parks advises boaters to call and plan ahead before heading to marinas during the Memorial Day holiday weekend
(MIAMI, May 20, 2014) – The Memorial Day holiday weekend is one of the most popular times for boating, 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 prepare for and possibly avoid delays, the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department urges boaters to contact its marinas for updates on important information before heading out to launch, including:
- 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
Boaters are also encouraged to sign up for the free Miami-Dade Marina SMS Alerts service at http://1.usa.gov/1lXqz5p. The application provides instant alerts to hazardous weather conditions, as well as boat ramp closures and re-openings.
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 makes for a more enjoyable and successful boating experience.
Here is the contact and location information for the six marinas within the Miami-Dade Parks system:
Bill Bird Marina, Haulover Park
10800 Collins Ave., Miami
*Black Point Marina
24775 SW 87th Ave., Miami
Crandon Park Marina
4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne
*Herbert Hoover Marina, Homestead Bayfront Park
9698 SW 328 St., Homestead
Matheson Hammock Marina
9610 Old Cutler Rd., Miami
Pelican Harbor Marina
1275 NE 79th St., Miami
NOTE: *Black Point and *Herbert Hoover Marinas are offering discounted rates on wet slips for vessels 27-feet and under. No waiting to launch or retrieve! Please contact those marinas for additional information.
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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 www.miamidade.gov/parks/.
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 www.liveaparklife.org.
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