Everglades National Park is Reopening in Phases

Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park,  FL

News Release Date: May 1, 2020

Contact: Visitor Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media: Allyson Gantt, 786-610-8023

Homestead, Fla. – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Everglades National Park is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning May 4, Everglades National Park will reopen access to:

  • Main Park Road from the Homestead entrance to Flamingo (note exceptions below)
  • External restrooms at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
  • Flamingo Marina and boat launch ramps
  • Flamingo Marina Store, restrooms, and gas pumps
  • Flamingo Fish Cleaning Station and restroom
  • Chekika Day Use Area (roads and surrounding areas only)

In addition, entry fees are waived, and the following spaces continue to be available:

  • Marine waters of Everglades National Park
  • Beach campsites in wilderness

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

  • Royal Palm area including the Anhinga Trail
  • Long Pine Key area and campground
  • West Lake area
  • Flamingo campground
  • All visitor centers and public buildings
  • Concession tours and boat rentals
  • All other park restrooms
  • Other park locations such as Shark Valley and Gulf Coast

For more information visit:
https://www.nps.gov/ever/learn/news/everglades-national-park-is-reopening-in-phases.htm

South Florida-based TooJay’s deli files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The owner of the popular South Florida-based TooJay’s deli, bakery and restaurant chain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors.

The decision by the company’s management and board of directors “is the direct result of the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our restaurants throughout Florida,” president and CEO Max Piet said in a statement.

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Florida Aquarium Makes Breakthrough

MIAMI (CNN) — The Florida Aquarium has made a breakthrough that will help save “America’s Great Barrier Reef,” the third largest coral reef in the world and is found just off the coast of the Florida Keys.

For the first time in world history, the aquarium in Tampa has successfully reproduced ridged cactus coral in human care.

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https://miami.cbslocal.com/2020/04/22/florida-aquarium-breakthrough-saving-coral-reef-florida-keys/

Broward County Emergency Order 20-06 Issued

BROWARD COUNTY, FL –  Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-06 today, effective as of 12:01AM Friday, April 10, 2020.The Emergency Order clarifies essential businesses and essential services, as well as encourages essential businesses to provide enhanced sanitary practices at their locations.

The Governor’s Executive Order 20-89 issued on March 20th requires Broward County to restrict public access to business and facilities deemed nonessential under Miami-Dade Emergency Order 07-20. The Governor’s subsequent Executive Order 20-91 issued on March 30th orders that all persons in Florida limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their homes to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. The current order clarifies and codifies the Governor’s order to make it applicable to Broward County.

In addition, all businesses providing essential services are strongly encouraged to:

– Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers for use by customers and employees;

– Provide disinfecting wipes at points of entrance, cash registers, and/or other appropriate locations for customers to disinfect carts, shopping baskets, and point of sale terminals; or, alternatively, designate staff responsible for disinfecting carts, shopping baskets, and points of sale terminals after each customer use; and

– Implement procedures for custodial or janitorial staff to sanitize frequent touch points through the day, including point of sale terminals at registers, conveyor belts, door handles, door plates, shelves, and other appropriate locations.

This Emergency Order does not limit religious services at any location, but all persons performing or attending religious services are urged to fully comply with all measures advised by the CDC including limiting gatherings to no more than ten (10) people and practicing social distancing of at least six (6) feet between persons.

Except as otherwise provided or required by any other applicable Executive Order, this order does not affect or limit the operations of Broward County, any public utility, any municipality, the Broward County School District, the North Broward Hospital District, the South Broward Hospital District, any other local government entity in Broward County, or any State or federal office or facility.

For the latest updates, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email [email protected] or call the Call Center at 954-357-9500. To learn what Broward County is doing, visit Broward.org/Coronavirus.

See Essential Services Frequently Asked Questions.

DATE: April 9, 2020 
MEDIA CONTACT: Ric Barrick, Assistant Director
Office of Public Communications
PHONE: 954-357-8541
EMAIL: [email protected]

News Releases:

https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/Updates.aspx?=Releases