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March 28, 2014
Shawn Benge Appointed Acting Superintendent
Shawn Benge has been appointed the acting Superintendent for both Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks effective March 31 2014. Shawn will be on a 90 day assignment to fill the position held by retiring Superintendent Dan Kimball for the past ten years.

March 07, 2014
Justin Unger Selected for Deputy Superintendent
Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball announces the selection of Justin Unger as Deputy Superintendent for both Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks effective March 3 2014.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Dry Tortugas National Park Creates $3.2 Million in Economic Benefit Report shows visitor spending supports 33 jobs in local economy
HOMESTEAD, Florida – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 60, 550 visitors to Dry Tortugas National Park in 2012 spent approximately $3.2 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 33 jobs in the local area.

October 30, 2013
Accepting Applications from Businesses Interested in Providing Visitor Services in Dry Tortugas National Park
The National Park Service is now accepting applications for Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) from individuals or businesses wishing to offer visitor services in Dry Tortugas National Park for the two year period starting February 1, 2014 and ending January 31, 2015.

October 17, 2013
Dry Tortugas National Park is Open
Dry Tortugas National Park re-opens to visitors today. Dry Tortugas National Park has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

June 13, 2013
Viva 500! The Hidden History of the Dry Tortugas 1513 - 2013
Dry Tortugas National Park will join the state of Florida and many partners in commemorating 500 years of history since Ponce De Leon landed in Florida. We invite all Florida residents and visitors arriving to explore or communities to visit spectacular national park and the Key West area to enjoy special programs at the park and the Eco Discovery Center.

August 29, 2012
Dry Tortugas National Park Opens Following Tropical Storm Isaac
The park experienced minor impacts from Tropical Storm Isaac. Visitor facilities will reopen on Thursday, August 30.

July 23, 2012
When Agencies Come Together, Fisheries Benefit
When Agencies Come Together, Fisheries Benefit

July 22, 2012
Waterways: Preserving Fort Jefferson
The next episode of Waterways ventures 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, to Dry Tortugas National Park, where park staff, masons, conservation specialists and the 482nd Civil Engineers Squadron from Homestead Air Reserve Base are hard at work preserving Fort Jefferson.

June 05, 2012
Dry Tortugas & Everglades offer Free Admission this Saturday
Everglades & Dry Tortugas Offer Free Admission this Saturday

May 18, 2012
Free Military Passes to National Parks
Thanking America’s Armed Forces Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks

March 16, 2012
Dry Tortugas National Park = visitors, money and jobs for local economy!
Dry Tortugas National Park = visitors, money and jobs for local economy!

October 28, 2011
Dry Tortugas National Park Mooring Balls in Place for Visitor Use
Dry Tortugas National Park Mooring Balls in Place for Visitor Use. All visitors wanting to take vessels into the Research Natural Area (RNA) must have a permit and use one of the six mooring balls located in this area. Vessels are limited to 2 hours at a time on a mooring buoy. Vessels are no longer allowed to anchor within the area marked as the Research Natural Area.

October 07, 2011
Park Accepting Applications from Businesses Interested in Providing Visitor Services in the Park
Park Accepting Applications From Businesses Interested in Providing Visitor Services in the Park

August 17, 2011
Parks Curator, Nancy Russell, Recognized for Excellence
South Florida National Parks Curator recognized for cultural resource stewardship

May 03, 2011
Construction on New Visitor Boat Slips may impact campers at Garden Key
Construction on new visitor boat slips may impact campers at Garden Key

May 03, 2011
Permits required for boating in Dry Tortugas National Park
Permits required for boating in Dry Tortugas National Park

January 07, 2011
Use of Dry Tortugas National Park Mooring Balls Restricted
Use of Dry Tortugas National Park Mooring Balls Restricted

January 05, 2011
Dry Tortugas National Park Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Update-Dry Tortugas National Park Celebrates 75th Anniversary January 15, 2011 with special events.

October 18, 2010
Park Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Dry Tortugas National Park Celebrates 75th Anniversary November 5 and 6 2010 with special events

September 07, 2010
75th Anniversary Park Resource Lecture Series
Dry Tortugas National Park Celebrates 75th Anniversary with a Lecture Series in Key West

May 05, 2010
Sea Plane Service to Dry Tortugas National Park now Available
Sea Plane Service to Dry Tortugas National Park now Available

April 13, 2010
Come Celebrate National Parks Week at Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks!
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November 03, 2009
New Turtle Display at Fort Jefferson
Save-A-Turtle brings new turtle exhibit to Dry Tortugas National Park.

October 05, 2009
NPS Accepting Applications to Provide Visitor Services to Dry Tortugas
National Park Service Accepting Applications to Provide Visitor Services to Dry Tortugas National Park

October 05, 2009
NPS accepting applications to provide Seaplane service to Dry Tortugas
National Park Service Accepting Applications to Provide Seaplane Service to Dry Tortugas National Park from Key West.

September 24, 2009
Help Us Make Americas Best Idea Even Better!
Help Us Make America’s Best Idea Even Better! Join Dry Tortugas National Park on September 26 for a Day of Service and Celebration

August 27, 2009
Parks jump into Twittering
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August 27, 2009
Parks offer Virtual Experience through Podcasts and Webcams
Can't get to Everglades or Dry Tortugas? - No Problem - Visit us On the World Wide Web for a Virtual Experience through Podcasts and Webcams

July 22, 2009
Update on Garden Key Harbor Light Stamp Dedication July 23
Postal Service to issue Stamp Commemorating the Dry Tortugas Garden Key Harbor Light

July 21, 2009
Garden Key Harbor Light Stamp Dedication
Superintendent Kimball to speak at Stamp Dedication Ceremony Commemorating the Dry Tortugas Garden Key Harbor Light

June 15, 2009
Fee Free Weekends This Summer
America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better this summer…it’s free!

March 12, 2009
Archaelogy excavation this weekend
Experience an Archaeology Excavation at Historic Fort Jefferson this Weekend

February 11, 2009
Archeologic excavation at Fort Jefferson
Experience an Archaeology Excavation at Historic Fort Jefferson

September 22, 2008
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks announce a Fee Free Weekend September 27 and 28 2008
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks announce a Fee Free Weekend September 27-28, 2008

September 10, 2008
Everglades National Park Reopens Following the Passage of Hurricane Ike
Everglades National Park Reopens Following the Passage of Hurricane Ike

September 09, 2008
Parks Extend Closure Following Passage of Hurricane Ike
Parks Extend Closure Following Passage of Hurricane Ike

September 08, 2008
Temporary Park Closures in Effect for Hurricane Ike on Tuesday September 9
Temporary Park Closures in Effect for Hurricane Ike on Tuesday, September 9

September 06, 2008
Dry Tortugas National Park Remains Closed for Ike
Dry Tortugas National Park Remains closed for Ike

September 05, 2008
Temporary Park Closure due to Hurricane Ike
Temporary Park Closure due to Hurricane Ike

August 19, 2008
Everglades and Dry Tortugas to reopen after Tropical Storm Fay
EVERGLADES AND DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARKS TO REOPEN FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF TROPICAL STORM FAY

August 17, 2008
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks temporarily close due to pending Tropical Storm Fay
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks temporarily close due to pending Tropical Storm Fay

May 06, 2008
Request for Bids to Provide Ferry Service to Dry Tortugas National Park
National Park Service Issues Request for Bids to Provide Ferry Service to Dry Tortugas National Park 

October 03, 2007
DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM BUSINESSES INTERESTED IN PROVIDING VISITOR SERVICES.
Dry Tortugas National Park accepting applications for Commercial use Authorizations.

February 16, 2007
Begin DRTO Cannon Conservation Project
Dry Tortugas National Park begins Cannon Conservation Project.

January 18, 2007
Research Natural Area Will Be Effective January 19, 2007
Dry Tortugas Research Natural Area No-Fishing No-Anchoring Area Effective January 19, 2007

November 14, 2006
Park Director Bomar Applauds Marine Reserve
Park Director Bomar Applauds Florida Governor’s and Cabinet’s Concurrence on No-Take Marine Reserve in Dry Tortugas National Park

August 30, 2006
Dry Tortugas National Park Reopens Following Hurricane Ernesto Closure
Dry Tortugas National Park Reopens Following Hurricane Ernesto Closure

August 27, 2006
Park Closes for Tropical Storm Ernesto
Park Closes for Tropical Storm Ernesto

Did You Know?

Dr. Samuel Mudd

Fort Jefferson served for a time as a remote prison facility. One of its most famous inmates was none other than Dr. Samuel Mudd, who set the leg of John Wilkes Booth following the assassination of President Lincoln. Mudd was incarcerated on the Dry Tortugas for only four years, from 1865 to 1869.