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Miami-Dade Parks cautions the use of floatation devices, inflatable rafts at public beaches

MIAMI (May 23, 2018)

The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is seeking cooperation from “Floatopia” organizers to encourage party goers not to bring any form of floatation device to any Miami-Dade County public beach as this type of event is not a Parks Department supervised or approved program.  Floatation devices are prohibited per Chapter 26 of the Code of Miami-Dade, Rule 16, which states: “No person, minor or adult, shall enter or be in water at any bathing area wearing, carrying, pushing or towing any flotation device…”

“We encourage everyone visiting our beachfront parks during the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend, and throughout the summer to remember, that park rules are in place for the safety of people and the environment,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Maria I. Nardi. 

Miami-Dade Parks’ Park Officers and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Ocean Rescue Bureau will be monitoring the beaches and will be enforcing the rule.

About Miami-Dade Parks:
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