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Sequestration Hits Home At Fort Pulaski

Sequestration Hits Home At Fort Pulaski

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The Sequestration is hitting home for visitors to Fort Pulaski. Acting Superintendent Terri Wales says they're dealing with cutting five percent of their budget or about $68,000. "It may not sound like that much to some people when they think about federal dollars, but it's a lot from a relatively small budget to run this national park facility," she told us.

Wales says that visitors may see the results of cuts in terms of lawns not being mowed as much and other maintenance not being performed. She says several summer positions that would be used to help spruce up the park during high volume tourist season, will have to be left vacant now due to the cuts. She does say the plan for now is to keep extended summer hours that normally take effect on Memorial Day and run through Labor Day. That keeps the park open an extra hour and a half every evening from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

She says the plan is also to try and make sure there are enough people at the gate to assist tourists with directions and take their fees as they enter the facility. Wales is hopeful most visitors will still have a great experience but does say it's "disheartening" for staff not to be able to do all the things they want to for visitors especially during the peak summer period.

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