National Park In Florida Keys Closes Indefinitely After 300 Migrants Land On Shores

Cuban migrants row toward Stock Island, near Key West, Fla., Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. The number of Cubans leaving the island will reach an all-time high this year. The U.S. Coast Guard has intercepted many at sea, but many more are crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. (AP Photo/Mary Martin)

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  • “On January 2 at 8 am, Dry Tortugas National Park will temporarily close to public access while law enforcement and medical personnel evaluate, provide care for and coordinate transport to Key West for approximately 300 migrants who arrived in the park over the past couple of days,” the National Park Service said in its statement.
  • “The closure, which is expected to last several days, is necessary for the safety of visitors and staff because of the resources and space needed to attend to the migrants. Concession-operated ferry and sea plane services are temporarily suspended.”
  • “Like elsewhere in the Florida Keys, the park has recently seen an increase in people arriving by boat from Cuba and landing on the islands of Dry Tortugas National Park,” the NPS added.

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