Email I got today from the National Park Service
You may have heard recent news and information about the possibility of an impending government shutdown due to lack of appropriations. Should this occur we would begin closing Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. While we remain hopeful that there is still opportunity to avoid that situation we wanted to provide you some information so you can make any necessary preparations for your own operations.
In the event of a government shutdown the park would be closed and all services offered via Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA), whether originating within or outside of park boundaries, would need to cease operations and leave the park. Outfitters, guides, and other CUA holders should not commence new trips into the park after a shutdown has been initiated. In addition, the park will be closed to all recreational use.
Prior to any shutdown you may contact CUA Coordinator Linda Roehrig for more information at 305-242-7744. Additional general information can be found on the Department of Interior website at: http://www.doi.gov/shutdown/index.cfm
Should the shutdown occur several park rangers will remain on duty for the purpose of law enforcement and emergency response. The primary point of contact for information while the park is closed would be Superintendent, Dan Kimball. He can best be contacted by email at: [email protected]
We will provide you relevant updates to this dynamic situation as we learn it. We regret the burden that this may place on your livelihood, but we do value the good working relationship we share and hope that it will continue.
Superintendent, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks
40001 SR 9336
Homestead, FL 33034-6733
FAX - 305-242-7711