Randy Towe

Capt. Randy Towe, right,  guides Greg Poland searching for mangrove snapper in Everglades National Park Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, near Islamorada, Fla. Thursday was the first day that Florida Keys guides and others could fish in the park's Florida Bay waters since a Washington budget impasse closed down much of the Federal government for 16 days.  (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Government Re-Opens, Parks Back In Business

Late Wednesday night Congress passed a plan to avoid a default and end a 16 day partial government shutdown. At Everglades National Park, the gates re-opened just before 9 a.m. The park’s superintendent said he sent a message to their nearly 300 furloughed employees that they could return to work shortly after President Obama signed the legislation.

10/17/2013

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