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Update: Castillo, Matanzas Could Close in Govt Shutdown
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Update: Castillo, Matanzas Could Close in Govt Shutdown

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- If the government shuts down, so will national parks, including Fort Matanzas and the Castillo de San Marcos on the First Coast.

While parks employees and volunteers would not comment today, many visitors at the Castillo de San Marcos said they specifically came to the fort today, because they knew it might be closed tomorrow.

"This is such a big part of our history, we wanted to make sure that we got here today," said Carol DeVore, who was visiting from Los Angeles.  "It would be a real  problem if it were closed, any of the parks for that matter."

George and Pat Hoy were visiting from Pennsylvania and decided to make the Castillo their first stop, not knowing it may be closed.

"I think it's sad for the whole nation the way things are going, but especially for people like us who travel once in a while and you get here and it's not open," said Pat Hoy. "It's very disappointing."

Several tourists expressed distaste with the way Congress has been handling the budget deadlock.

"Congress needs to do their job that they're getting paid to do and it's not a Republican thing or a Democratic thing, it's a congressional thing," said J.D. Carruthers, who was visiting from Lexington, Ken. 

"They need to grow up and start negotiating with each other and pass a budget bill."

The deadline for Congress to settle on a budget is midnight Saturday.

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