National Parks Traveler – Running National Parks On Shoestrings Brought Varied Economic Results

Florida is home to two of the seven national seashores in the National Park System, and they are affected differently than traditional parks with road access. Because both Gulf Islands National Seashore in northwest Florida and Canaveral National Seashore in east-central Florida have miles of beach facing the water, it’s difficult if not impossible to completely shut the park off to visitors. While campgrounds and guest facilities may be closed, locals and tourists can still access the shoreline via boat, or by biking or walking around the closed gates.

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