Biscayne National Park


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Biscayne National Park

Address:9700 SW 328th St
Homestead, FL 33033

Phone:305-230-1144
Fax:305-230-1190
Web: www.nps.gov/bisc/
Size: 172,971 acres.
Established: Authorized as Biscayne National Monument on October 18, 1968; redesigned and enlarged on June 28, 1980.
Location:Convoy Point (park headquarters and visitor center) is located 9 miles east of Homestead, Florida, on SW 328 Street.
Facilities:Campgrounds (only accessible by boat), picnic area, rest rooms (é), visitor center (é), boat tours and rentals.
Activities:Camping, hiking, swimming, boating, canoeing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, glass bottom boat tours (é), snorkeling and dive trips, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Subtropical islands form a north-south chain, with Biscayne Bay on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. The park protects interrelated marine systems including the longest stretch of mangrove forest left on Florida's east coast, bay communities, more than 40 of the Florida Keys, and a portion of the world's third-longest living coral reef.

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We write today to bring to your attention our concerns with the National Park Service's (NPS) recently released draft General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park (BNP).
Take Michael Henley, an invertebrate aquarist at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., who attempted to rear elkhorn coral, a threatened species that ranges from north of Biscayne National Park to South America.
"Coral are colonial animals that get their vibrant colors from zooxanthellae, algae cells that live in coral tissue," says Richard Curry, science coordinator at Biscayne National Park. The millions of zooxanthellae (zoh-zan-THELL-ee) cells conduct photosynthesis, generating energy sources that coral can use, while also altering the coral's chemistry, allowing it to more easily secrete calcium carbonate and build its exoskeleton.
National Park Service officials at Biscayne National Park, in Florida, recently released a draft of a general management plan (GMP) that could potentially close over 20 percent of the park's public waters to recreational fishing and other activities.
In Biscayne National Park, we discovered the amazing story of Sir Lancelot Jones, descendant of a pioneering family, who resisted the blandishments of developers and sold his island to the National Park Service to be protected for posterity.
Either of you would have made short work of the nonsensical no-fishing-zone proposals facing Biscayne National Park and some other federal waters.
Prop-rooted mangroves and graceful coconut palms line the shore, giving Biscayne National Park a distinctly Caribbean ambiance.
Biscayne National Park (BNP), operating mainly under a management plan developed in 1983, is in the late stages of adopting a bewildering new set of regulations.
The initial sister MPA relationship will focus on Guanahacabibes National Park in Cuba, including its offshore Bank of San Antonio, and the Flower Garden Banks and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries, managed by NOAA s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and the Dry Tortugas and Biscayne national parks managed by the National Park Service.
The problem, however, was that the base was situated right in the middle of the Everglades and Biscayne national parks, which environmentalists feared would be badly damaged by pollution and traffic.
The decision apparently reflects the view that the siting of a commercial airport on the base could be harmful to the Everglades and Biscayne national parks. The 717 acre site is likely to be offered to Miami-Dade County for mixed use.
Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, and Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida: Being depleted of water by over-development of south Florida.