Temporary Park Closures in Effect for Hurricane Ike on Tuesday September 9
Contact: Larry Perez, 305-338-3499
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
verglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks are closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Ike. In anticipation of impacts from the storm, both parks are implementing temporary closures. The closures are necessary in the interest of employee and public safety, and to allow park staff to concentrate fully on securing and protecting resources and facilities as this major storm moves through the region.
Dry Tortugas National Park is currently closed to visitation and is expected to remain closed until passage of the storm. Licensed, commercial services to the islands, including ferry boats and seaplanes, have suspended their operations until the park reopens.
Did You Know?
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.