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State Parks Bring In $1.2 Billion In Last Year

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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park  (Source: http://www.floridastateparks.org/capeflorida/default.cfm)

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (Source: http://www.floridastateparks.org/capeflorida/default.cfm)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – While national parks have gone through more than a week of closures this year, Florida state parks are doing just fine in the last fiscal year.

The state Department Of Environmental Protection said the state’s park service and trails generated $1.2 billion in economic impact since 2012.

According to a news release Thursday, there were more than 25 million visitors to the state’s parks and trails in fiscal year 2012-2013.

The top-visited state trail was the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail with 1,983,489 visitors. Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin welcomed more visitors than any other state park in the state for the seventh year in a row with 1,044,295 visitors.

Other popular parks and trails include the Cross Florida Greenway, the St. Andrews State Park in Panama City, Lovers Key State Park in Fort Myers Beach, Gasparilla Island State Park Boca Grande and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo.

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