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Operations Update for Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas

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Date: September 22, 2017

St. Augustine, FL – Castillo de San Marcos National Monument remains open to the public
during normal hours of operation, 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Regular park entrance fees apply ($10 adults, Free Ages 15 and under, Free with Interagency Passes (Senior, Access, Military, etc.). Public restrooms have been reopened.

Fort Matanzas National Monument remains closed at this time due to hazardous tree limbs,
damage to park boardwalks, and damage to the park dock system. Park ferry boats also suffered significant damage. There is no expected reopening date for Fort Matanzas at this time.

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Built by the Spanish in St. Augustine to defend Florida and the Atlantic trade route, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument preserves the oldest masonry fortification in the continental United States and interprets more than 450 years of cultural intersections.
Fort Matanzas National Monument preserves the fortified watchtower, completed in 1742,
which defended the southern approach to the Spanish military settlement of St. Augustine, and protects approximately 300 acres of Florida coastal environment.


Last updated: September 25, 2017

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