Photo of deteriorating seawall at Flamingo visitor center. Grey concrete cap has spalled due to expansion of rusted reinforcing rod. The visitor center is pink, surrounded by green trees and blue sky. The water of Florida Bay is green.

Rehabilitate Marina Bulkheads at Flamingo

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The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District (USACE) are developing a multimillion-dollar project to replace failing seawall bulkheads, boat ramps, walkways, and aging amenities at the Flamingo Marina in Everglades National Park. Funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), this project aims to create an optimal visitor experience and improve safety while minimizing potential impacts on natural and cultural resources.

As part of this process, we are inviting public comment on draft alternative actions for replacing the failing bulkheads. A newsletter with additional information and descriptions of the alternatives may be accessed under "Document List". You are invited to submit written comments by April 27, 2023. On the left column, click on 'Open For Comment' to open the comment fields.

Flamingo is one of the most popular areas of the park for visitors and offers a wide range of activities and access to the backcountry and wilderness areas. The Flamingo marina facilities provide berthing and launching for concession tour boats, rental fishing and house boats, canoes and kayaks, guided fishing boats and vessels for park operations. Visible sections of existing seawall caps and pilings are cracking and breaking due to rusting and expanding reinforcing steel, and in some cases, causing potential tripping hazards for visitors and staff.

Without this project, the existing bulkheads may be subject to catastrophic failure, causing them to fall into the water. The bulkheads are the last line of defense against tropical storms and Hurricanes. Their proximity to the open waters of Florida Bay, cause them to be especially vulnerable to storm damage.

Infrastructure funding from GAOA is part of a concerted effort to address the extensive deferred maintenance and repair backlog in national parks. Supported by revenue from energy development, GAOA's Legacy Restoration Fund provides up to $1.3 billion per year for five years to the NPS to make significant enhancements in national parks to ensure their preservation and provide opportunities for recreation, education, and enjoyment for current and future visitors.

As required by the National Environmental Policy Act, the NPS and USACE will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to evaluate the likely environmental consequences resulting from a proposed action. The EA is expected to be released in Fall 2023.

Thank you for your interest and participation. We look forward to hearing from you!

Pedro M. Ramos

Contact Information

Mark Braxton, Civil Engineer, 305-242-7776