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Fort Pulaski reopens after shutdown

Fort Pulaski reopened after being closed from the partial government shutdown. Fort Pulaski reopened after being closed from the partial government shutdown.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Fort Pulaski reopened after being closed from the partial government shutdown. Park officials are back to work and say the park will take a loss financially.  

The park has an entrance fee of for visitors, charging five dollars for adults but children are free. October is one of their busiest months of the year bringing an average of 32,000 people.

Based on those statistics, the park has already lost 16,000 visitors. If half of those were adults, that would be about $40,000 in lost revenue.

But park officials are optimistic and everyone who came through those gates today were relieved.

"We are so happy this whole thing is over with for the time being," said visitors Rosalie and Mike Saunders.

Employees have their work cut out for them in these next few days catching up on maintenance work and administrative duties, employee paychecks being one of the main priorities.

"Simple things like mowing the grass," said Gloria Lee, Chief of Interpretation. "We were not doing that, so a lot of cleanup and some garbage cleanup that had to be addressed."

Lee says they have twenty full time employees who get paid every two weeks and will get paid for the two weeks they were furloughed.

"We are actually processing pay roll as we speak," said Chief Lee.

 Now employees are trying not to think about the possibility that this could happen again in January when Congress votes again on the budget.

"We don't really want to think about that, honestly we are working on a daily basis," said Chief Lee. "We are here for the public, we are happy to be here, we love working with visitors and sharing the history of Fort Pulaski with them."

Fort Pulaski National Monument is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The park gates close at 5:15 PM.  An entrance fee of $5 per person is charged; ages 15 and under are free. 

For more information log onto  www.nps.gov/fopu

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