Sunday, October 06, 2013

Florida Keys Guides told to stay home

...or at least out of National Park waters.  The Miami Herald is reporting that Florida Bay and Biscayne National Park have both been declared off limits to professional guides, due to the Federal government shutdown. Apparently you need the government in order to go into the ocean.

Capt. Barry Hoffman, of Hoffman's Guide Service in Tavernier, said he doesn't rely on National Park Service personnel and rangers when he fishes the bay, so he doesn't see why he can't go there.  "It seems pretty senseless to me because they don't provide a service for us when we're out there," said Hoffman, who has been fishing the backcountry for more than 23 years.
 Read more in the Miami Herald article.

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