Curbelo Celebrates National Park Week at Everglades’ Shark Valley

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Miami, Florida, April 17, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments
“I’m proud to represent some of our nation’s most inspiring and unique national parks and natural treasures. As we begin the second century of our national parks, Americans now more than ever need to not only visit our parks but also advocate for them to ensure they will still be here for future generations. South Florida’s National Parks are not only incredible places to visit but also play a vital role in our region’s economy, environment, and fresh water supply.”
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Today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) celebrated National Park Week at Everglades National Park’s Shark Valley. Curbelo toured the recently completed Shark Valley Visitors Center, drove the 14-mile loop and explored the Observation Tower and surrounding trails.

On his way out of the park, Curbelo was briefed on the Central Everglades Planning Project, and he stopped at the construction site for phase two of the Tamiami Trail bridge, which is expected to be complete in late 2018. Upon completion, the bridge would allow for an increase in water flow to the Shark Valley Slough of approximately 80%.

“I’m proud to represent some of our nation’s most inspiring and unique national parks and natural treasures,” Curbelo said. “As we begin the second century of our national parks, Americans now more than ever need to not only visit our parks but also advocate for them to ensure they will still be here for future generations. South Florida’s National Parks are not only incredible places to visit but also play a vital role in our region’s economy, environment, and fresh water supply.”

All photos and videos are attributable to the Office of U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo.

BACKGROUND

National Park Week, which runs from April 15-23, celebrates the value and presence of our national parks across the country. With over 330 million visits to America’s national parks in 2016, our national parks are more popular than ever, and support nearly $30 billion in economic activity annually and more than a quarter million private-sector jobs, with many of those benefits going right to the local communities at the gateways of our parks.

National Parks in Curbelo’s district include:















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