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Everglades National Park News Release
EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA
The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American
people so that all may experience our heritage.


August 5, 2010
For Immediate Release

Project Manager: Fred Herling 305-242-7704
Media Contact: Linda Friar 305-242-7714
A new “Green” Flamingo
Master Plan and Design now Available

Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan B. Kimball is pleased to
announce the release of the Flamingo Master Plan and Design Program. The
master plan is based on the Flamingo Commercial Services Plan completed in
2008 and provides guidance to establish a “new Flamingo” – an eco-friendly
destination with a greater variety of lodging options and visitor
amenities, while the design program component further defines the many
plan features (such as preliminary site locations and designs, cost
estimates), including the park’s commitment to creating a sustainable
Flamingo.

The master plan provides the framework and details for Flamingo to once
again fully serve as the gateway to Florida Bay and the park’s
backcountry, while also supporting a wide-range of land- and water-based
programs and activities. The plan calls for an increase in walking/bicycle
paths and a shuttle system connecting destinations within the Flamingo
area. Facilities would be designed to be hurricane, flood, and climate
change resistant, and showcase state-of-the-art-sustainable technologies.
The proposed architecture is inspired by that of old south Florida, yet
complements the historic Flamingo Mission 66 structures and landscape.
This master plan will guide planning, design, construction, restoration,
and use of Flamingo for the next 50 years. About 50 acres of previously
developed land would be restored to natural conditions.


Some Key features of the Plan

Flamingo Lodge – A new 30-unit lodge (2 elevated buildings) would replace
the old, sprawling motel buildings, providing modest hotel-like
accommodations near Florida Bay and within easy walking distance to
the visitor center, marina, restaurant, pool, and amphitheater.
Cottages – Twenty four elevated cottages (1 and 2-bedroom units) in 12
duplex buildings would replace the old ground-level cottages.
Marina Area – The marina peninsula would be redesigned and become an
improved hub for water-based recreational activities. The current marina
building would be replaced with an elevated structure, while redesigned
public use and parking areas would improve waterfront viewing and
gathering spaces, and pedestrian and vehicular circulation..
Visitor Center – This facility would be renovated and remain the first
stop and main hub for visitor information, orientation, interpretation and
check in for overnight stays. The former Flamingo restaurant space would
be converted to the new visitor center, offering outstanding views onto
Florida Bay, an ideal location to educate and orient visitors.
Camping – There would be a wider range of camping options for visitors
including re-designed walk-In tent sites, a new group camping area, and 40
eco-tent sites (that would operate during the peak visitor season). All
camping areas would be located adjacent to Florida Bay and along a
bay-front trail.

Next Steps
Given the scope and cost of the proposed improvements, the Flamingo Master
Plan is organized into six phases or priorities. The National Park
Service is working on an implementation strategy focused on potential
public and public-private partnership funding, sustainable re-development,
and concessioner opportunities within the framework of applicable laws and
policies. Visit the park’s website: www.nps.gov/ever to find information
about master plan implementation, including updates on efforts to secure
funding.

Information
Due to the large size of plan files, the public may view summary
information at the park’s website: www.nps.gov and scroll down to the
Flamingo Master Plan link. Links are provided to a “Plan and Design
Program” slideshow and the plan’s summary brochure. The park has CDs of
the full plan and copies of the summary brochure available for
distribution to the interested public.

To request a CD or brochure, please send an e-mail to
[email protected] or call 305-242-7700. Please specify what
product you are interested in and be sure to provide your name and mailing
address. If you reach the voicemail, select option 3 at the 1st prompt and
then enter extension 7300. Be sure to speak slowly and clear when
providing your information.

For more information or questions contact Fred Herling, Project Manager at
305-242-7704 or [email protected] .

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