ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The clock is ticking for congress to agree on a budget deal that will keep the government running. The deadline is midnight on Monday and several federal programs, including National Parks, could be affected.
Records from the National Park Service show National Parks in Florida helped generate 608 million dollars in tourism during 2011. Over 10 million people visited parks last year and this Tuesday tourists could be turned away if congress can't agree on a spending deal.
"I just think the government should get their act together and work in unison. I just think there's a lot of wasted money everywhere and its ridiculous that we have to shut something down like this," said Russell Manning.
Manning is from Gainesville but says he escapes to St. Augustine every chance he gets. The Castillo De San Marcos was the destination for a fun Sunday with his family.