• Hurricane Irma: Some Brevard County parks remain closed

    By: Melonie Holt


    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Almost three months after Hurricane Irma barreled through Brevard County, nearly a dozen county parks are still closed.

    Parks and Recreation workers are still clearing debris and trying to evaluate the safety of docks that were inaccessible due to high water.

    Read: Hurricane Irma: Brevard County - one of the hardest areas hit

    Park visitors are welcomed by barricades warning them of potential dangers due to extensive damage from the hurricane.

    “It's a mess. I fish here regularly. The dock itself is a good place to fish. But, since the hurricane, it seems like it's taking a long time to clean up,” park visitor Mike Mansfield said.

    Parks and Recreation is still working to place a dollar amount on the damage to its parks, but some areas haven't been accessible for officials to determine the full extent of the damage.  

    Photos: Brevard County: Hurricane Irma storm damage

    “The thing about Hurricane Matthew versus Irma -- where that was a leaf and limb event, this was more of a tree and branches event. So, it's taken a little longer for the cleanup to happen. Plus, it was a high water event,” Brevard County Communications Director Don Walker said. 

    Officials encourage people to call ahead or check this website to make sure a park is open.

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