MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Columbus Day weekend is fast approaching and officials want to remind boaters to call and plan ahead to avoid any disappointment.

To help boaters prepare for and possibly avoid delays, the Miami-Dade Parks and RecreationDepartment urges boaters to contact its marinas for updates on important information before heading out to launch, including:

  • Best times to launch in order to avoid delays
  • Updates on traffic and parking conditions
  • Availability and affordability of short-term wet slips for the holiday weekend
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Boaters are also also encouraged to sign up for the free Miami-Dade Marina SMS Alerts service. The application provides instant alerts to hazardous weather conditions, as well as boat ramp closures and re-openings.

Miami-Dade Parks’ marina staff is always on-hand to help facilitate smooth and successful boat launches and recoveries, but boaters should be aware that large holiday crowds at peak times can mean limited parking spaces for vehicles with boat trailers. Calling ahead and advance planning makes for a more enjoyable and successful boating experience.

Here is the contact and location information for the six marinas within the Miami-Dade Parks system:

Bill Bird Marina
Haulover Park
10800 Collins Ave., Miami
(305) 947-3525

*Black Point Marina
24775 SW 87th Ave., Miami
(305) 258-4092

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Crandon Park Marina
4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne
(305) 361-1281

*Herbert Hoover Marina
Homestead Bayfront Park
9698 SW 328 St., Homestead
(305) 230-3033

Matheson Hammock Marina
9610 Old Cutler Rd., Miami
(305) 665-5475

Pelican Harbor Marina
1275 NE 79th St., Miami
(305) 754-9330

Black Point and Herbert Hoover Marinas are offering discounted rates on wet slips for vessels 27-feet and under. No waiting to launch or retrieve! Please contact those marinas for additional information.

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