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Virginia Key Beach Park Trust is committed to the preservation and ongoing maintenance of the barrier island’s natural eco-systems. The unique plant and endangered animal varieties that converge at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park give testament to some of the oldest surviving flora and fauna species in South Florida.

Additionally, our guidebook provides all of the information contained within this web site in an easy to print format. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view the guidebook.

Coastal Currents is a publication of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). See info on DEP below:

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects, conserves and manages Florida’s natural resources and enforces the State’s environmental laws.

DEP oversees and manages Florida’s award-winning state parks and trails system. Since 1990, through its innovative land acquisition programs – Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever – more than two million acres of valuable lands have been preserved, protecting habitat for 190 native and endangered animals and plants, while restoring ecosystems throughout the state.

The Department’s regulatory priorities include administering Florida’s air pollution control programs to best protect human health; protecting and restoring water quality; managing hazardous waste and cleanups; overseeing beach restorations; and reviewing applications for power plants, transmission lines and natural gas pipelines. In addition, DEPs six District Offices ensure statewide compliance with department rules.

Together with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), DEP is Restoring America’s Everglades. Implementation of the Restoration Strategies Water Quality Plan, which builds on the state’s $1.8 billion investment in water quality improvements, includes additional projects to achieve the stringent water quality requirements established for the Everglades. DEP also partners with the SFWMD on implementation of the 30-year, $13.5 billion Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). To date, Florida has committed $2.4 billion toward the 50-50 state/federal cost-share and acquired 60 percent (~244,000 acres) of the land needed for restoration.

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/cmp/publications/cc/cc1501.pdf

 

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Education promoting the tolerance and understanding of crocodile behavior and habitat has assisted in the survival of crocodiles throughout the world.  We should not allow ungrounded fears and lack of awareness to interfere with the recovery of the American crocodile.  It is possible to co-exist peacefully with crocodiles if people are ready to embrace the responsibility to protect an endangered species.

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Once-desolate Virginia Key in Miami is being repopulated by native trees and wildlife, thanks to volunteers.

06/16/2014 4:12 PM

06/17/2014 5:49 PM

Just seven years ago, the 17-acre hammock in Historic Virginia Key Beach Park was as desolate as a moonscape. Now, it is brimming with native plants and wildlife.

Volunteer Gary Hunt, armed with a Home Depot fanny pack and a floppy tan hat, walks the overgrown path, pointing out hundreds of new trees and recalling the owls and warblers he has spotted in the park. “This shows you very profoundly what volunteer effort can do,” Hunt said. Volunteers such as Hunt have helped transform Virginia Key into a destination for wildlife and locals alike, during many hot, mosquito-ridden weekends of planting trees and maintaining park grounds.

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Virginia Key Miami Herald June 17

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