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Ft. Pickens Closes Road Through Friday Due to Heavy Wind and Rain


Gulf Islands National Seashore has closed the Fort Pickens Area to all incoming public use due to the winds
and high surf from the Monday night weather event, effective Tuesday, November 26 through Friday, November 29. When announcing this closure, Superintendent Dan Brown said, "With this weather and the
associated wind and high surf, low lying sections of the Fort Pickens Road have been overwashed and are
covered with water and sand.”

The park has begun removing sand from the road to allow existing campers to come and go. The campground itself is not flooded and campers currently in the campground will be able to stay throughout
the closure if they choose. The road will remain closed to incoming visitors and new campers to enable
crews to work and provide time for the standing water to subside. It is anticipated the road will be
reopened to all traffic by Saturday, November 30.

Fort Barrancas will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, November 26-27, so that visitors may enjoy an
alternate site while Fort Pickens is closed.” All park visitor centers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day,
Thursday, Nov. 28.

For additional information, contact park headquarters at (850) 934-2600 in Florida or (228) 230-4100 in
Mississippi, or visit the National Seashore website at www.nps.gov/guis.

Sandra Averhart has been News Director at WUWF since 1996. Her first job in broadcasting was with (then) Pensacola radio station WOWW107-FM, where she worked 11 years. Sandra, who is a native of Pensacola, earned her B.S. in Communication from Florida State University.