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October 17, 2013

Federal shutdown affects local boaters

Holly Bay manager estimates more than 1,500 visitors could be turned away before resolution

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Law enforcement and fire suppression services are planned to continue to operate without interruption.

Park law enforcement officers will be enforcing trespassing laws in the parks. Trespassing in a national park can lead to a maximum fine of $500 and up to six months in jail.

The shutdown will continue to hurt businesses near the marina, as there are only a few weeks left of warm weather for boaters and campers to enjoy before the fall sets in and the warm weather begins to cool off.

Lawson said the Marina is getting phone calls every day wanting to know if the boat ramps and campgrounds are open.  Unfortunately, until the shutdown is over, he’ll have to continue to turn people away.

Lawson estimated up to 1,500 boaters could be turned away before the national parks are re-opened.

 

rmcdaniel@sentinel-echo.com

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