Wednesday, April 26, 2017

If the government shutdown happens, all of Florida's national parks will close

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 1:55 PM

  • Photo via National Park Service
The clock is ticking as Congress remains in a standstill over a federal spending plan with a Friday deadline.

If Congress can't find common ground and the federal government is shut down, Floridians will be feeling those effects here in the Sunshine State.

In Florida, there are 12 national parks, including:
  • Big Cypress Swamp, Ochopee
  • Biscayne, Miami
  • Canaveral National Seashore
  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, St. Augustine
  • Fort Matanzas, St. Augustine
  • De Soto National Memoria, Bradenton
  • Dry Tortugas, Key West
  • Everglades
  • Fort Caroline National Memorial, Jacksonville
  • Timucuan Preserve, Jacksonville
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
Florida Today reports that national refuges are at risk for closure as well, which would include the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and the St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge.

For now, parks will continue normal operations, Steven McCoy of the National Parks System told Florida Today.

He says parks officials have not been tasked with any shutdown planning.

But as legislators continue to argue about a $30 billion increase of funding to the Department of Defense, the Affordable Care Act and reduced domestic funding, unless Congress can agree or set an extension, you might want to have a backup plan for this weekend.

Tags: , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 14, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation