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St. Augustine Tourists Thankful National Monument Not Closed
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St. Augustine Tourists Thankful National Monument Not Closed

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. --  It would have just been the birds at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine if lawmakers hadn't come to an agreement on the federal budget late Friday night.

"Well I'm glad they passed it.  They should have passed it a long time ago," said tourist Linda Thurmon.

Thurmon was visiting the historic site from St. Louis Saturday.  The monument is one of several national parks that would have been closed down temporarily if the government didn't pass a budget.
    
"I think it would have been disappointing.  I think a lot of people would have been disappointed," said Thurmon.

With a shutdown avoided, St. Augustine was bustling with tourists, many of them making their way through the Castillos de San Marcos.

"I just love the place.  It's situated on water.  There's a lot of things to do here," said Sam Sodhi.

Sodhi came to St. Augustine from Orlando for a visit.  It's his fifth trip and this one wouldn't have been the same if he couldn't see the fort.

"I think it's a great landmark for St. Augustine so to have something like this close, I think it's a treasure for St. Augustine," said Sodhi.

Many are thankful the treasure is still open for tourists on a busy spring weekend, thanks to a decision by lawmakers to pass a budget in the eleventh hour.
    
"It's a good thing they did," said Thurmon.

Here on the First Coast, Fort Matanzas would have also been closed Saturday if the government would have shut down.

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