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Miami-Dade Parks issues safety alerts to beachgoers and boaters at Crandon and Matheson Hammock Parks and Marinas

MIAMI (October 06, 2017)

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department continues to clean up large amounts of seaweed and debris at coastal parks that was swept in by Hurricane Irma. These efforts have been delayed by heavy rains, which are forecasted throughout the Columbus Day holiday weekend. The higher than normal tides (aka “King Tides”) also bring in coastal flooding and more storm debris.

The Parks Department is advising everyone who may be planning on heading out to Crandon and Matheson Hammock Parks’ beaches and marinas this weekend to heed these safety alerts, related to post-Hurricane Irma debris and the incoming King Tides. 

Crandon Park:

  • A “No-Swimming” Advisory for the entire beach, issued by the Florida Department of Health, until further notice. For more information, please visit the Florida Healthy Beaches Program Website:  http://www.flhealth.gov
  • North Beach, Lots 1 & 2 closed, throughout the weekend. This portion of beach has experienced a high accumulation of  storm debris on the sand and   inside of the seaweed, making it hazardous for anyone walking on that section of beach, especially barefoot. 

Matheson Hammock Park:

  • Atoll Pool will remain closed, throughout the weekend.

Marine Safety Bulletin and Information:

  • Boater “Slow Speed Zone” Bulletin: Due to the combination of King Tides and the busy holiday boating weekend, the US Coast Guard has established a   Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) “slow speed zone” in Biscayne Bay starting at noon on Saturday, October 7, until 2 a.m. on Monday, October 9. During   this time period, all vessels are required to maintain a maximum speed of no greater than 15 knots.  In addition, all existing “slow speed” or “no   wake” areas remain in effect.
  • Sign up for Miami-Dade Marina SMS Alerts! If you boat and you want to keep your trip safe, fun and hassle-free, you can plan ahead with key information   available to you via “Miami-Dade Marina SMS Alerts.” The application provides instant alerts to hazardous weather conditions, as well as boat ramp   closures and re-openings, via text alerts to your email or mobile phone. Visit the Miami-Dade Parks Marinas web page to sign up!

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness and Conservation and Stewardship. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.