Laws & Policies
Launching, landing or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of the Fort Matanzas National Monument is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent. The term unmanned aircraft means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g.,model airplanes, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.(Justification: Restrictions on unmanned aircraft are necessary to prevent damage to the historic fabric and to ensure the safety of the other visitors. Unmanned aircraft operation is prohibited under Policy Memorandum 14-05 until further guidance is issued by the agency.)
The laws and policies enforced in Fort Matanzas National Monument are contained in two documents:
Regulations pertaining specifically to Fort Matanzas National Monument are contained in the park's Compendium of Regulations.
Firearms in the Park
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park.
As a starting point about firearms laws, please select the first link below which will take you to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) website. ATF's Library is the central repository where people can locate forms, publications and other laws, regulations, and rulings.
Or you may select the second link below and choose the state that you are interested in from the list on the right side of the page:
For State Reciprocity Agreement:
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
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If you have any questions or concerns please e-mail the Chief Ranger or contact Law Enforcement at 904-829-6506.
Did You Know?
Fort Matanzas was designated as a National Monument by President Calvin Coolidge on October 15, 1924. The same stroke of the pen created four other National Monuments including the Castillo de San Marcos, Ft. Pulaski, and the Statue of Liberty. Ft Matanzas National Monument, Florida