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De Soto National Memorial impacted by government shutdown

Posted at 4:15 PM, Dec 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 18:02:15-05

BRADENTON, Fla. — Visitors to the De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton were greeted with signs informing them of the partial government shutdown. Public buildings are closed and park rangers are not on the clock.

"Whatever happened has happened and hopefully it won’t last long and we can move on.” said visitor Pam Kalazcynski.

The park rangers are part of the 800,000 government employees impacted by the partial government shutdown. Visitors can still access the park, but there are limited activities for them to participate in.

"If you wanna de-stress this is the place to be, it really is beautiful,” said Kalazcynski.

Rick Palmer also came to the park to enjoy nature. He said he’s not focusing on politics this week.

“We could go on and on, that’s a deep subject,” said Palmer.

Most visitors said they are hoping the shutdown ends sooner than later.

For more on the memorial, click here.