|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||August 6, 2008|
|Contact:||Jill Horwitz, Senior Program Coordinator, National Parks Conservation Association, Phone: 954.961.1280, ext. 201|
Panel of Experts Provide Detailed Vision for the Future of Flamingo in Everglades National Park
"The Flamingo area of Everglades National Park is a beautiful destination that should be accessible for everyone to enjoy this unique ecosystem. Since the destruction of hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, all existing structures of Flamingo, including the visitor center, lodge, restaurant, and park cabins have remained damaged or destroyed. As the only overnight destination for park visitors, Flamingo needs a new vision and support to rebuild this popular destination once enjoyed by visitors near and far.
Through panel discussions this week, architects, designers, and developers created a detailed vision and plan to rebuild Flamingo as a major visitor destination in Everglades National Park. Their vision offers a sense of place, where the historic fishing community combined with the areas natural beauty can be reestablished and redeveloped for everyone to appreciate the beauty of America's Everglades. In a public visioning session, the panel of experts gathered feedback from the community and will produce a report that the park and public can use to develop a final plan for Flamingo.
Working with the local community, the National Park Service provided the initial guidance needed to rebuild this area, and now we are eager to combine expert recommendations to ensure this area is rebuilt and thriving once again. We hope the new Flamingo will represent the history and culture of South Florida, as well as offer a diverse range of educational activities and outdoor experiences for our children and grandchildren to enjoy."