GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN & BOATING: Biscayne National Park is closed until further notice. Most of that park is comprised of water.
Everglades National Park is closed, putting almost all of Florida Bay off limits. Dry Tortugas is closed as well. The closure applies to fishing guides, kayakers and pleasure boaters.
Next weekend (Columbus Day weekend at Elliot Key) is one of the biggest boating parties in the country. However, Elliot Key is closed due to government shutdown. If you go to the park's website it reads, "Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating." This will mean limited resources deal with boating emergencies, out of control boaters and not to mention, environmental damage.
We will update this article when we have more information.