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Some National Parks re-open, Florida's stay closed

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Updated: 10/14/2013 12:53 am
ST. AUGUSTINE Fla.-- A band played for a room of empty seats at a normally packed Acapulco restaurant in downtown St. Augustine.

"This is very unusual to have it this slow," said employee Taylor Millican. "There isn't anybody here!"

Sitting directly across from the now closed Castillo De San Marcos, the restaurant says it's one of many losing business without tourists visiting the fort. 

"It's slowed down business a lot it effects our money so we don't make money and people come from all over the country to come to the fort," said Millican.

Even though many National Parks will re-open their gates Monday, The Castillo will remain closed.

Some states are footing the bill for Federal Park employees, allowing those parks to open.

A spokesperson for Governor Rick Scott said Florida Taxpayers will not be paying for Washington's failure to negotiate. It's keeping your tax dollars from being spent, but businesses say it's at the cost of their bottom line. 

"The state should open it why shouldn't they that's other people's jobs too," said Millican. 

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imtellin - 10/14/2013 9:07 AM
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no florida should not foot federal employees salaries,, simply to assist folks like millican.. she chose her career, had she considered all the possible pitfalls of being in a service industry, she might have stayed in school, instead of slinging hash in some mexican dump of a restaurant in st. aug. trust me, the food sucks at her restaurant.. try el gordito up on san marco if you want great mexican food...

eviltwinmorgan - 10/14/2013 7:32 AM
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"Florida's stay closed" should be the state motto.
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