Aug 172018

Photo by Ray Sanders of the new Scenic Vista at Big Pine Key Community Park.

Monroe County is adding scenic overlooks at two County parks along the Overseas Heritage Trail System in Big Pine Key and Key West.

Construction began May 29 on the Big Pine Key Community Park scenic vista and is now nearing completion. The wood-framed walkway has benches, LED solar lighting and viewing scopes to look out over the Gulf of Mexico. A new concrete path was built to connect to the existing pathway.

The second scenic overlook will be located at the entrance to the Reynolds St. Pier at Higgs Beach. The pier is being rehabilitated with new safety railings and benches, and is expected to be finished by the end of October. The project will also include improvements to a small part of the beach,  and construction of a new shelter pavilion.

The $763,000 project is funded with a grant by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Photo by Ray Sanders of the Scenic Vista at Big Pine Key Community Park.

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Amber Nolan is a restless travel writer who calls Key West home. Her work has appeared on USA Today,, Cruise Critic, Frommers, and several other travel publications. Amber’s most unusual project involved hitchhiking on small airplanes to 49 states, during which time she spent two years on the road, or rather, “on the skyways.” She is currently working on a book that documents the unusual journey and provides insight into the aviation community. Before getting into travel writing, Amber worked for an activist, investigative newspaper in London, so joining forces with the Blue Paper allows her to go back to her muckraking roots. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism.
 August 17, 2018  Posted by at 2:02 pm Amber Nolan, Big Pine Key, Parks and Outdoors  Add comments

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