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Approximately 150 boats carrying more than 500 people assembled Wednesday, October 9th, at the Cowpen's Cut just off Plantation Key in Islamorada to peacefully protest the closure of Everglades National Park to all user activity. All of the national park closures are having significant, negative, economic impacts on the communities that surround them, not just on fishermen but lodging establishments, restaurants and support services that enhance the park experiences through various outdoor activities.
Although members of Congress and furloughed government workers continue to receive their paychecks, fishing guides are experiencing a major loss of income due to the closures with no relief in sight. Our congressman, Rep. Joe Garcia, has voted for and continues to push legislation to open the parks. Rep. Garcia steadfastly supports our position that citizens and visitors to our national parks should not be penalized by our government's inability to come up with a balanced budget and appropriately address the Nation's financial affairs.
Well-known Capt. Randy Towe of Islamorada, the primary organizer of the rally, deserves a debt of gratitude for his efforts in creating national awareness on the importance of keeping our national parks in full operation to benefit our local economies and in respect for our citizens and international visitors to these venues.
Capt. Bill Kelly, Executive Director
Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association
Rep. Joe Garcia
“To everyone gathered in peaceful protest against the closing of Everglades National Park, I stand with you today. As you make your plight – and those of your families, communities and local economies – known in Washington and across the county, I regret my absence. But know that I support your efforts and will be your advocate in Washington. Know that I, like you, will spread the messages of those affected by the shutdown, and fight for its resolution, until these needless and dangerous games being played with the livelihoods of the American people have been put to a stop. It is time to get the country back to work,”