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Shutdown 2013: Florida Prepares to Reopen National Parks

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Florida Bay was inaccessible to fisherman and tourists during the shutdown and Florida wants to get visitors back in the area as soon as possible.

— Samantha Shankman

Popular fishing waters in national parks in the Florida Keys are preparing to reopen, now that the partial government shutdown is over.

Dry Tortugas National Park is expected to fully reopen by Thursday afternoon. Everglades National Park is expected to fully reopen by Friday morning.

The closure of Everglades National Park had put almost all Florida Bay off limits to fishermen.

Park Superintendent Dan Kimball emailed commercial fishermen early Thursday to say he was opening the bay immediately, along with other areas of the park that do not depend on the reopening of facilities or the return of furloughed staff.

Kimball says the rest of the park will be reopened as soon as furloughed staff can be recalled.

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