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09/17/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/17/2021 12:31

Gulf Islands Reopens Sites Following Hurricane Ida

September 17, 2021
Contact:Susan Teel, 850-934-2618

GULF BREEZE, Fla. - Gulf Islands National Seashore will reopen the Opal Beach Complex Saturday, September 18 at 8 a.m.

Opal Beach Clusters A, B, D, and E, pavilions B1 and D, along with Santa Rosa Area parking lots 32, 33, and 36 will be open for visitor use.

The Fort Pickens Area to include the Fort Pickens campground, Johnson Beach Road beyond the main parking lot and Opal Beach Complex Cluster F will remain closed for storm recovery operations. Park staff are currently working on removing sand and completing temporary repairs to Johnson Beach Road.

Immediately following the storm, park crews evaluated park roads and facilities finding significant amounts of sand and water on the Fort Pickens and Johnson Beach Roads. The National Park's Eastern Incident Management Team was mobilized in response to the effects of the storm and to assist the park in assessing damages, stabilizing facilities, and restoring visitor access.

Park staff will continue to monitor the repairs and provide updates as needed. For current closure information visit:

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