Government Shut Down Closes Local National Parks

By: Bailey Myers Email
By: Bailey Myers Email

By: Bailey Myers
October 1st, 2013

Tallahassee FL- Plans to go fishing, hiking, boating, or sightseeing at Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge will have to be put on hold. National Parks are also closed during the partial Federal Government shut down.

"This don't make no sense," said one Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge visitor.

Driving up to Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge, you may notice something out of the ordinary. The gates are locked.
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Visitor William Laster explained, "Put my pole in the water for a little while. That's what I was planning on doing. I like it down here. But they done closed me up. I can't get in. I didn't know this was going to happen."

The gate will stay locked until the government comes to an agreement. Their favorite fishing spot was the last place they expected to turn them away, but with the Government shutdown underway-- that's exactly what is happening.

Tuesday, 26 park employees signed a Furlough Notice explaining they were now not working, and would not be recieving any pay. Off camera, park employees said if the shut down continues, they will have to start looking for a part time job...And although that means visitors will have to find another fishing spot...It also means Employees are leaving their jobs...not knowing when they can come back.

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Charley Scott said, "The kids are in school, Christmas is coming up, Halloween is coming up, Thanksgiving coming up, and all these Holidays coming up and it's a bad time for this to happen."

In the furlough decision notice issued by the Department of Interior it did say these workers non-working status was not expected to last more than thirty days.


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