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Gulf Breeze, Fla. – Formal damage assessments have begun in all areas of the national seashore, but Gulf Islands National Seashore areas in Florida remain closed due to Hurricane Nate impacts. The park anticipates the following areas to be closed to all visitor access and use for several more days.
Fort Pickens Area:
A significant amount of sand and water, up to two feet deep, remains on the roadway and parking areas, and has been damaged in some locations. The Fort Pickens Campground has standing water; all reservations through Wednesday night will be cancelled. Those with reservations are being contacted.
Santa Rosa Area:
Highway 399, J. Earle Bowden Way, has been damaged by significant over wash from the gulf, and a significant amount of sand and water remains on the roadway. Road crews will begin clearing debris and sand as soon as safe, but the road will remain closed. The Opal Beach facilities and parking lots have significant standing water which will need to recede before the area can be reopened.
Remains closed while standing water recedes.
Perdido Key Area:
Johnson Beach Road, in the Perdido Key Area beyond the swim beach parking lots and pavilions will remain closed for sand and debris removal operations.
The Naval Live Oaks and Fort Barrancas Areas will resume their normal operations on Tuesday, October 10. Additionally, Johnson Beach at Perdido Key Area will open at noon. Prior to Hurricane Nate entering the Gulf of Mexico, the National Park Service implemented its severe tropical weather plan allowing for the areas to be safely evacuated and damage assessments to be made after the severe weather had passed. The seashore’s incident management team continues to manage post-storm recovery efforts.
Park status updates will be posted online at www.nps.gov/GulfIslands, www.Facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, and www.Twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS. Gulf Islands National Seashore will reopen after the storm has passed and the staff has an opportunity to mitigate any hazards resulting from the storm.
About Gulf Islands National Seashore: Created in 1971, the national seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. Visit us at www.nps.gov/guis, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Instagram www.Instagram.com/GulfIslandsNPS.
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