In general, permits are needed whenever the possibility exists for disruption of visitor services, for damage to park resources, or if the activity is to take place in areas not open to the public or before or after normal visitation hours. Also, contact the Special Use Permit Coordinator for permission to commercially film park staff.
Examples where a permit is required include, but are not limited to, the following:
Weddings - No weddings may be held at the fort or on Rattlesnake Island. Locations which have been used in the past include the boardwalk nature trail, the picnic area, ocean beach, and river beach.
Other Permits --
Filming and Photography - A permit is required for filming or photography that involves the use of a model (or any on-camera talent), sets, props, or equipment that would exceed normal visitor use.
Research - A permit is required for any collection of data or physical items. Contact the Natural Resource Specialist for more information.
For questions regarding any of these special use permits at Fort Matanzas, e-mail the Fort Matanzas National Monument Special Use Coordinator.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the live oak trees in the picnic area at Fort Matanzas are over 150 years old? The park also has an eastern red cedar located on the island near the fort that is over 260 years old, as old as the fort itself! Ft Matanzas National Monument, Florida