The rally, which was organized by Captain Randy Towe, was designed to convince federal officials to reopen the park’s waters. The rally drew more than 100 boats, kayaks, and paddle boards.
While many Americans are affected by the closure of 400-plus national parks, the closure of the Everglades this time of year is particularly trying for guides this time of year, as it is prime inshore season in the estuaries of the Glades. Snook, tarpon, trout, and redfish fishing is exceptional this time of year, and many guides count on the ability to bring clients into park waters to stalk trophy fish.
The park, which covers approximately 2,380 square miles also incorporates a substantial part of Florida Bay, which borders the western side of the Upper Keys.
According to Everglades Park officials approximately 350 guides in the region have Commercial Use Authorization permits to fish inside the park, but none are permitted access now during the shutdown. 238 federal employees at the park have been furloughed.