HOMESTEAD (CBSMiami) – Good news for boaters in South Florida.

Biscayne National Park’s Elliot Key reopened Thursday, after being closed for nearly 18 months due to damage from Hurricane Sandy.

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The National Park Service decided to close the popular island back in October 2012 to repair damages caused by the Category 1 storm.

The new and improved look of Elliot Key includes improved docks, oceanside boardwal, and the island’s restrooms, and shower facilities ,have been upgraded as well.

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Elliot Key was once known for its pineapple farming.  Today it hosts a variety of activities including camping, swimming, picnicking, wildlife watching and hiking.

For more information about Biscayne National Park, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/bisc.

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