Florida Reps. Nelson and Rubio Pen Letter to Sec. Salazar with Concerns over Biscayne Bay General Management Plan

As a part of ongoing efforts to bolster awareness around the National Park Service Proposed General Management Plan for Biscayne National Park, which would close up to 20 percent of its land and water to recreational boating and fishing, Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio signed a joint letter expressing concern to Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. In the letter, the Senators note that the establishment of the proposed "marine reserve" as well as several "non-combustion zones" would essentially halt all fishing and boating in the area. 

On April 27th an oversight hearing by the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands titled "Access Denied: Turning Away Visitors to National Parks" took place.  Reps. David Rivera (R-Fla.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) were on hand as well to discuss the severe restrictions faced by the recreational fishing and boating community in Florida.

To read the comment letter