The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States

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Restore America's Parks Day

The City Commission, during a recent regular meeting, encouraged Congress to create a reliable stream of resources to maintain the National Park System by declaring Restore America’s Parks Day.

“The National Park System preserves the diversity, culture, and heritage of all Americans,” reads the proclamation, “and serves as a living classroom for future generations.”

In 2017, visitors spent more than $18 billion in state and local communities adjacent to national parks, yet the National Park Service estimated a deferred maintenance backlog of nearly $11.6 billion, which includes repairs to aging historical structures, trails, sewers, drainage, thousands of miles of roads, bridges, tunnels, and other vital infrastructure.

“It is the responsibility of Congress to maintain America’s national parks to ensure our natural places and our history is preserved and documented for future generations,” the proclamation continues, “and for the adjacent communities that rely on the direct and indirect economic benefits generated by visits to national park sites.”

Both the Florida Everglades and the Dry Tortugas National Parks have a positive economic benefit on the Keys.

Vice Mayor Clayton Lopez presented the proclamation to Congressman Carlos Curbelo’s Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Miles.

Miles thanked the commission on behalf of Congressman Curbelo, who, he said is continuing to pursue a bipartisan piece of legislation that will address the issue and ensure a continued stream of revenue to address the issue.