Government shutdown 2013 update: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close campgrounds

Florida campers will soon have fewer options because of the partial government shutdown.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announced it will close all of its campgrounds and day-use parks at noon on Wednesday.

The district had planned to keep the areas open as long as possible.

"We know that this is a time of year when many vacationing families are using or planning to use Corps recreation facilities, and we will reopen them for public use as quickly as possible," said Lt. Col. Thomas Greco, deputy district commander for South Florida, in a written release.

Visitors will be required to vacate campgrounds and parks no later than noon on Wednesday.

They are eligible for a partial refund for any unused portion of their reservations.

List of campgrounds affected:

St. Lucie South Campground in Stuart (772-287-1382)
Ortona South Campground near Moore Haven (863-675-8400)
W.P. Franklin Campground North in Alva (239-694-8770)

Recreation parks closed until further notice:

Clewiston Visitor Center
W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area in Alva
St. Lucie Visitor Center
St. Lucie South Recreation Area in Stuart
Ortona North Recreation Area in Moore Haven
 

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