David Tucker, News Journal

At Canaveral National Seashore, government shutdown turns around joy seekers

NEW SMYRNA BEACH — One by one they came, visitors and locals, down the long stretch of South Atlantic Avenue with the “NO EXIT TO MAINLAND” signs.

And one by one, they turned around and headed back.

Canaveral National Seashore — a popular destination for sunbathing, fishing and wandering around listening to the tide and enjoying Old Florida — is closed. Sorry folks, government shutdown.

The partial shutdown only affects a few federal agencies and services, perhaps most acutely in the Volusia-Flagler area the Transportation Security Administration, whose agents at Daytona Beach International Airport are working without pay until the shutdown ends. Same for the folks at the U.S. Coast Guard station in New Smyrna Beach.

The Housing & Urban Development department’s closure could begin to have effects on local public housing authorities. And it could slow processing of tax returns and refunds.

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