Government Shutdown Puts a Damper on Three-Day Weekend Plans for Boaters
Boating protests are breaking out across the country this weekend thanks to the Government shutdown limiting access to National Park lakes and beaches.
Columbus Day gives many US workers a three-day weekend, and many people would like to spend that time out on the water. The government shutdown has left national parks closed for business.
Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park - both in South Florida, have outlined their rules for weekend boaters hitting the water.
Unless it’s an emergency, no one can dock their boat within the boundaries of the national parks. Anyone unlawfully dropping anchor will be asked to leave. However, boats passing through, without stopping, will be allowed to continue in Biscayne National Park. Everglades National Park is closed to boating traffic.
They say that they will be enforcing the rules until the shutdown lets up and regular funding returns for National Park employees.
If you want to know where you can and cannot boat this weekend, look to your local news for more information.