After suffering extensive damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017, the oceanside Veterans Memorial Park at the west end of the 7 Mile Bridge reopened Saturday, March 23 with limited access.
The parking lot and beach are open to the public. The permanent bathrooms and one pavilion at the site need further renovations and will remain closed. There are portalet facilities on site available for use.
Monroe County Facilities Maintenance removed sand and debris from the area to reopen the park. The park also will be used as a staging area for the 7 Mile Bridge Run finish line on April 6.
“This park took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma” said Willie DeSantis, Monroe County Director of Facilities Maintenance. “We are especially happy it will be open in time for the runners to use it as a place to cool down and celebrate after finishing the 7 Mile Bridge Run.”
Maggie Sayer, co-director of the 7 Mile Bridge Run, shared the sentiment. “It’s such a great place for the runners to re-energize after the race,” she said. “We are very thankful for the hard work the County did to get the beach back together because we all know it is one of the best photo spots after the race.”