Support state parks with Florida’s newest license plate
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — If you’re a nature lover who has been waiting to outfit your car with the new Florida State Parks license plate, you’re in luck. The Florida State Parks Specialty License Plate is now available for preorder! READ: Wreckage of whaling ship that likely sank 186 years ago found in GulfThe Florida State Parks specialty plates were authorized during the state’s 2021 legislative session. The revenue collected annually from sales will be distributed to the Florida State Parks Foundation, a nonprofit, for its “efforts to preserve, protect, sustain, and grow Florida state parks,” according to FLHSMV. For more information about Florida’s specialty license plates, click here.wftv.com
‘First Day Hikes’: Ring in the new year with a hike at Florida state parks
ORLANDO, Fla. — Get ready to ring in the new year by participating in one of several “First Day Hikes” on New Year’s Day. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Park Service invite Florida’s residents and visitors to start a healthy new year at a Florida state park. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Port St. Joe. READ: ‘Millimeter or 2 away from death’: Man on dirt bike clotheslined by barbed wire along popular trail“First Day Hikes are a great way to begin 2022,” added Chuck Hatcher, acting director of Florida State Parks. Florida State Parks trails are not only great for hiking, but also for running, cycling and exploring with children.”Click here to find a park near you.wftv.com
Coronavirus: Florida orders state parks closed starting Monday
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced the closure of all Florida State Parks effective Monday. There are 12 state parks between Volusia and St. Johns County, including Tomoka State Park in Ormond Beach, DeLeon Springs State Park in DeLeon Springs and Blue Spring State Park in Orange City. Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Bulow Creek State Park and Washington Oaks in Flagler County are also closed. At the direction of @GovRonDeSantis & to uphold @CDCgov guidance, DEP will close all Florida State Parks to the public effective Monday, March 23. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/wfXTMZdfa1 Florida State Parks (@FLStateParks) March 23, 2020news-journalonline.com
All Florida State Parks closed due to COVID-19 pandemic
Florida State Parks announced that every state park will close Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will close the parks. Florida State Parks tweeted about the closure Sunday, asking for understanding. We look forward to welcoming you to our award winning parks as soon as possible,” the department said in a statement. As of Sunday, there were more than 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida, resulting in 13 deaths.