Temporary Closure of Four Spoil Islands

Published on May 22, 2024

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Effective Friday, May 24, 2024, the City of Miami will temporarily close four of its spoil islands, Osprey Island, Morningside Island, Pace Picnic Island also known as 'Teachers Island' and Willis Island, on Biscayne Bay in an attempt to further disallow contamination and littering throughout the bay and the islands.
The Miami Police and Parks and Recreation Departments are collaborating to raise public awareness about the detrimental impacts of littering and will enforce existing laws and regulations. This is a temporary measure to evaluate and restore the natural beauty in our City and our waterways. Anyone trespassing onto the islands will be subject to arrest. The Marine Patrol unit will enforce zero-tolerance measures against those seen trespassing.
On March 14, 2024, the City Commission enacted the 'Leave No Trace' legislation. This new policy represents a significant step forward in promoting responsible recreation and environmental stewardship on Biscayne Bay and safeguards the delicate ecosystem long-term.
Boaters should be aware that the four islands will be closed on a temporary basis until further notice and should seek alternate destinations. Measures will be taken to restrict access onto the four spoil islands and signage will be posted.