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Normal public use resumes for Everglades area WMAs

News Release

Friday, November 16, 2012

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 561-882-5703

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has rescinded previously issued executive orders that established special restrictions on portions of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land and Rotenberger wildlife management areas (WMAs).

The order, which takes effect immediately, once again permits normal public access to these WMAs, which lie in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

For updated closure and reopening information, visit and click on “Open/Closed Status of FWC Offices and FWC-managed Areas.” If you have additional questions, please call the FWC’s South Regional Office at 561-625-5122.

Regulations specific to the wildlife management areas can be viewed at

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