Go To Search
PrintEmailFacebookTwitter

City of Homestead News

Posted on: April 1, 2015

Vice-Mayor Shelley Bids Farewell to Biscayne National Park's Christiana Admiral

Biscayne National Park Ranger Christiana Admiral is saying goodbye to her seven year career in Homestead to continue her path at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in Utah. Ms. Admiral, an instrumental part in bringing the Homestead National Parks Trolley to fruition, will be greatly missed. Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley honored her outstanding career and achievements during her time in both Everglades and Biscayne National Parks by presenting Ms. Admiral with a plaque, decorated with a picture of one of Florida’s native species of birds, Roseate Spoonbills in flight—taken by the Vice Mayor himself.

“I have the privilege and the honor of recognizing somebody that’s dedicated her life to the National Park Service, and in turn has helped connect it to the City of Homestead.” Said Vice Mayor Shelley, “She is one of the driving forces for the National Parks Trolley and Gateway project, her amazing dedication and vision will be greatly missed.”

Ms. Admiral loved to encourage Homestead residents to visit and explore their National Parks, and through community outreach, she became aware that there wasn’t a convenient and free public transportation system to take them. While attending a Florida National Parks Association meeting with Vice Mayor Shelley, they discussed the need for public transportation to the parks and the possibility of having the city’s trolleys service the parks. The rest is history: thanks to the efforts of Vice Mayor Shelley, in partnership with the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Parks, the City of Homestead planned, promoted, and launched the Trolley. Ms. Admiral also secured funding for youth interns to serve as tour guides on board.

Also among her many accomplishments is the tour of the National Register Nike Hercules Missile site in Everglades National Park. An outstanding collaboration between Park Rangers and Nike veterans, those soldiers who served in the Cold War, with support from the South Florida National Parks Trust, they secured funds and arranged for a Nike Hercules Missile to be transferred from the Army to Everglades National Park, and for students from the George T. Baker Aviation School to restore the missile.

Ms. Admiral was also one of the main collaborators for the proposed Lancelot Jones Water Trolley, and is hoping to one day be able to return to enjoy the water tour. She believes that expanding the trolley service to provide free or low cost transportation to the Biscayne National Park’s islands will enhance quality of life for local residents and draw tourism to the Gateway City of Homestead.

Upon receiving the commemorative plaque during the Council Meeting Special Presentation, Ms. Admiral expressed her sincere love and admiration for the City of Homestead’s constant efforts to bring the people closer to their National Parks. “It’s been my pleasure and privilege to work with the City of Homestead, for embracing the Gateway concept and providing access to the parks. And thank you, Vice Mayor Shelley, your dedication and hard work to get things done have been inspirational.”

The free Trolley to both Everglades and Biscayne National Parks will run every weekend from Historic Downtown Homestead (104 N. Krome Ave) until April 26. The service will re-open in November.

For more information about the National Parks Trolley service and hours of operation, visit:
www.cityofhomestead.com/gateway

Christiana Admiral Honored

Additional Info...
Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in City of Homestead News

Inside Homestead August 2017

Posted on: August 10, 2017

Inside Homestead July 2017

Posted on: July 12, 2017

2017 Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Posted on: June 1, 2017

Inside Homestead May 2017

Posted on: May 31, 2017

Inside Homestead March 2017

Posted on: March 7, 2017

Inside Homestead January 2017

Posted on: January 24, 2017

Inside Homestead November 2016

Posted on: November 18, 2016

November 2016 Community Center Newsletter

Posted on: November 15, 2016

HPS Energy Hosts Centennial Celebration

Posted on: November 1, 2016

Inside Homestead October 2016

Posted on: October 19, 2016

City Hall Goes Pink!

Posted on: September 27, 2016

2016 Homestead Staff Tribute: One Call Away

Posted on: September 13, 2016

Inside Homestead August 2016

Posted on: August 26, 2016

Inside Homestead Special Report

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Inside Homestead July 2016

Posted on: July 14, 2016

2016 National Day of Prayer

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Inside Homestead April 2016

Posted on: April 20, 2016

Inside Homestead News Show: January 2016

Posted on: January 22, 2016

January 2016 Community Center Newsletter

Posted on: December 30, 2015

2015 General Election Results

Posted on: November 3, 2015

2015 Primary Election Results

Posted on: October 6, 2015

Scam Alert: Fraudulent Water Mailer

Posted on: September 10, 2015

Inside Homestead News Show First Episode

Posted on: November 7, 2014

Spooky Saturday, October 25, 2014!

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 Proposed Budget

Posted on: September 8, 2014

Focus Back on Biscayne-Everglades Greenway

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Everglades Poetry Exhibit at Losner Park

Posted on: January 27, 2014

Tribute to the City of Homestead Staff

Posted on: September 12, 2013

Know Your Fair Housing Rights

Posted on: October 3, 2012