The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department continues to clean up large amounts of seaweed and debris at coastal parks that were swept in by Hurricane Irma. These efforts have been delayed by heavy rains, which are forecasted throughout the Columbus Day holiday weekend. The higher than normal tides, called king tides, also bring in coastal flooding and more storm debris.
The Parks Department is advising everyone who may be planning on heading out to Crandon and Matheson Hammock Parks' beaches and marinas this weekend to heed these safety alerts.
- A ''no-swimming'' advisory for the entire beach, issued by the Florida Department of Health, until further notice. For more information visit the Florida Healthy Beaches Program website.
- North Beach, Lots 1 & 2 closed, throughout the weekend. This portion of beach has experienced a high accumulation of storm debris on the sand and inside of the seaweed, making it hazardous for anyone walking on that section of beach, especially barefoot.
Matheson Hammock Park:
- Atoll Pool will remain closed throughout the weekend.
Marine safety bulletin and information:
- Boater ''slow speed zone'' bulletin: Due to the combination of king tides and the busy holiday boating weekend, the U.S. Coast Guard has established a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) ''slow speed zone'' in Biscayne Bay starting at noon, Oct. 7, until 2 a.m. on Oct. 9. During this time period, all vessels are required to maintain a maximum speed of no greater than 15 knots. In addition, all existing ''slow speed'' or ''no wake'' areas remain in effect.
- Sign up for Miami-Dade Marina SMS Alerts. If you boat and you want to keep your trip safe, fun and hassle-free, you can plan ahead with key information available to you via Miami-Dade Marina SMS Alerts. The application provides instant alerts to hazardous weather conditions, as well as boat ramp closures and reopenings, via text alerts to your email or mobile phone.