• Cannon firing on the gundeck of the Castillo de San Marcos

    Castillo De San Marcos

    National Monument Florida

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  • 4th Of July Information

    The Castillo’s parking lot will be closed at 7:30 pm and will remain closed for the duration of the fireworks event. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Use and/or possession of all fireworks (including sparklers) are prohibited. All fires are prohibited.

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Commercial Use Authorization Program


Attn: All companies anticipating conducting commercial service activities at Castillo de San Marcos or Fort Matanzas National Monument.

The National Park Service (NPS) has established guidelines for parks to issue a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). The CUA allows businesses meeting NPS requirements to conduct commercial service activities within the park's boundaries.

In order to bring the park into compliance with NPS regulations, effective July 1, 2008, all businesses conducting commercial service activities in the park boundaries must apply for a CUA.

All businesses that meet the CUA requirements will be issued a permit. This includes any commercial guided tours within the park's boundaries during and after normal business hours (e.g. all educational tour groups, night time ghost tours, Segway tours, etc).

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 36, 5.3 prohibits the engaging in business activity within NPS areas except in accordance with a permit, contract or any other type of written agreement.

All businesses that are approved for a CUA will be required to obtain liability insurance. The liability insurance policy must list the U.S. Government as an additional insured. You will be notified in writing whether your request for a CUA is approved or not approved. Proof of insurance must be submitted prior to issuance of the CUA.

Businesses who are interested in conducting commercial service activities in the park boundaries for the 2008/2009 season must apply for a CUA by June 1, 2008. You must have a CUA prior to making your reservations. The non-refundable application fee of $75 must accompany the application and will apply toward the total cost of the CUA which is $700 for a two (2) year term.

More information available here.

 

New Passes



The National Park Service and the other federal land agencies have unveiled a new pass system designed to provide a single pass to all national public recreation sites. As with previous passes, there are levels of eligibility, but each level features one pass which will be accepted by all federal agencies. The passes are:

1) America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass– Annual Pass - Cost $80 This pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale. The pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas. (children under 16 are admitted free) The pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1, or via the Internet at http://store.usgs.gov/pass.

2) America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass– Senior Pass. - Cost $10. This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

3) America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass– Access Pass - Free. This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

All National Parks Passes, Golden Eagle, Golden Eagle Hologram, Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.

Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.

Did You Know?

The red and White rampant lion on the Spanish coat orf arms

The Castillo was covered in bright white plaster called Argamasa, a mix of lime, sand and water. The trim work and sentry towers were covered with red plaster, made by adding brickdust. Red & white were the royal colors of Spain. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida