ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- "I did something special," Eric Masurier said.
Masurier is from France, but he now lives in Clermont, Florida. Monday he was visiting St. Augustine, and he wanted to go to the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. However, he found the fort was closed due to the government shutdown.
"I said, 'Why could I not get into the fort when you pay taxes?'"
The closed sign on the gate at the fort did not stop him.
"I said to people, 'Let's jump the gate!' And I went, I jumped the gate, and people followed me," Masurier said. "I think American people love the thing when someone's doing something...of following!"
According to Kim Mayo with the National Park Service, 13 adults and two children went into the fort Monday afternoon.
They got all the way inside, almost to the upper level, she said.
Masurier's friend took a photo of the people on the bridge in the fort that is closed-off due to the shutdown.