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?
Matanzas is Spanish for "slaughters" or "killings" and refers to the execution of over 250 Frenchmen by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of St. Augustine. Ft Matanzas National Monument, Florida