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Posted: Friday, July 6, 2018 12:00 am | Updated: 9:38 am, Fri Jul 6, 2018.

Rowell’s Waterfront Park – at mile marker 104.5 on the Overseas Highway in Key Largo – reopened Tuesday morning, in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

The 8-acre, kid- and dog-friendly park along Florida Bay, has been closed since September 2017 due to Hurricane Irma and the County’s recovery efforts.

Rowell’s is reopening as a passive park, with picnic tables, benches, a place to swim (at your own risk) and a launch for kayaks, canoes and standup paddleboards. Boats and personal watercraft are not allowed.

Admission to the park is free.

The park will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 30 minutes after sunset. The park stayed open laste Wednesday evening to allow the public public to watch the Fourth of July fireworks over the bay.

In the future, the park may have to close again temporarily to become a staging site for hurricane marine debris removed from canals.

The property was

purchased in December 2013 for $5 million. Since then, the site has been used for events while the County works on a plan to develop it into a park the community will love. A new scenic overlook has been designed with a $125,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.

For information about the County’s parks and their amenities, go to: http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/facilities/.

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