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Florida Department of Environmental Protection announces Florida state parks closed to the public

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced it is closing all Florida state parks to the public starting Monday.

In a statement the DEP said: "At the direction of Governor DeSantis and to successfully uphold CDC guidance to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people,Jacksonville Latest News DEP will close all Florida State Parks to the public effective Monday, March 23.

“DEP has taken many measures to continue providing resource recreation at our state parks during this time, such as limiting operating hours and reducing visitor capacity at parks with high visitation. Press Release Distribution Service Unfortunately, this has not resulted in the reductions needed to best protect public health and safety as Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

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