2.5M visitors to national parks in S Fla in 2013

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A new National Park Service report says more than 2.5 million people visited the national parks in South Florida last year.

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 17: An egret stands in the Everglades National Park after the park reopened to visitors today, following a 16-day closure stemming from the partial federal government shutdown on October 17, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The political standoff about the national debt and the funding of the Affordable Care Act ended in the nations capital before a midnight deadline last night. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- A new National Park Service report says more than 2.5 million people visited the national parks in South Florida last year.

According to the report released earlier this week, those visitors spent $206 million in surrounding communities, supporting over 2,700 jobs.

The report includes Biscayne, Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks, along with the Big Cypress National Preserve. Officials say visitor spending increased slightly in the four parks over the previous year. Nationwide, visitor spending dropped 1 percent.

Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve each hosted more than a million visitors last year. Half a million people visited Biscayne National Park, and 58,400 people visited the remote Dry Tortuguas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West.


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