Laws & Policies
The public may not launch, land, or operate unmanned aircraft (aka remote piloted vehicles, or drones) in the national parks.
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.
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.
If you have any questions or concerns please e-mail the Chief Ranger or contact Law Enforcement at 904-829-6506.
National Park Service Organic Act
Passed in 1916, this law created the National Park Service and established its mission:
“to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
National Park Service Mission
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout the United States and the world.
Last updated: July 19, 2018