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U-SoA Design/Build students' Eco-Tent project sparks continued effort to build!

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U-SoA Design/Build students' Eco-Tent project sparks continued effort to build!

By UM News
A decade after a hurricane destroyed the crude but beloved old lodgings at Flamingo, Everglades National Park is ready to rebuild.

On Friday, park officials announced the selection of a Virginia-based hospitality company to build at least 24 cottages and 20 eco-tents, which are slated to be up and running by December 2019. A new restaurant and store will also open at an undetermined date. Guest Services Inc., which also operates lodgings at national and state parks in Washington state, New York and California, could build up to 40 cottages and 40 tents under the 20-year contract.

“We wanted to make sure any new construction would not take away from the natural feel that the place has had for many many years, while at the same time offering amenities that visitors to national parks expect,” park superintendent Pedro Ramos said.

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