The Harry Harris Beach area at Harry Harris Park in Key Largo will be closed beginning Wednesday, April 6 for repairs and will remain closed until construction of the beach jetty is completed. The boat ramp, ballfields, and all other amenities will remain open.
“The County understands that any closure is an inconvenience and appreciates the community’s ongoing understanding and support to complete the work as safely and quickly as possible,” said Monroe County Parks and Beaches Director John Allen. “From talking with those who have been inquiring about Harry Harris Park repairs, the community is extremely appreciative this project is moving along.”
Harry Harris Park, Wilkinson’s Point, and the beach jetty had substantial damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017. The repairs are being done through Hurricane Irma repair grant funding.
This Key Largo Beach is inside Monroe County’s Harry Harris Park in the town of Tavernier. Harry Harris Beach is a man-made beach on the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is protected from wave action and large fish by a coral rock barrier. This barrier has several screened culverts which make it basically a protected tidal pool. There is a wide expanse of white sand with a number of covered picnic tables and a bath house.
Note: This beach is more of a “Kids Beach” than an adult beach. There are many family friendly features throughout the park, noted below.
Mile Marker 92.5 oceanside, Overseas Highway. Take Burton Drive to its end.
Harry Harris Park is named for a popular and influential Monroe County Commissioner. Mr. Harris is at rest now in the park. According to Mrs. [Kay] Wilkinson, the ashes of Mr. Harris, formerly at the hurricane monument in Islamorada, now are enclosed in the park memorial.”
The inscription reads: “Harry L. Harris, born July 12, 1904, died July 8, 1978. A pioneer during the days of the ‘Florida Keys’s emergence, he continued the traditions of Planter and Tavernier settlers in caring for their own. He served his fellow citizens in Monroe County as a County Commissioner for 34 years (1942-1976.) He is remembered with esteem and affection by his family, neighbors and countless friends. This memorial is dedicated in his honor, March 1985.”
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