Dry Tortugas National Park News
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Update on Dry Tortugas Dock - October 6
October 6, 2022 | 1:43 pm
Engineers will begin their assessment of the damaged docks on Loggerhead and Garden Keys on Saturday, October 8. The docks will remain inaccessible to the ferry and private vessels through at least Sunday, October 9.
Dry Tortugas National Park Closes in Preparation for Hurricane Ian
September 26, 2022 | 1:55 pm
On September 26 at noon, Dry Tortugas National Park temporarily closed in preparation for Hurricane Ian for the safety of visitors and staff. Concession-operated ferry and sea plane services are also temporarily suspended.
Dry Tortugas National Park seeks public input on plan for repairs to the Fort Jefferson counterscarp and dredging of selected areas
January 14, 2022 | 12:30 pm
Public comment period is open Jan. 14 through Feb. 14 for a plan for repairs to the Fort Jefferson counterscarp and dredging the moat and finger piers. Damage resulted from Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Wounded veterans experience therapeutic benefits of diving while helping Dry Tortugas National Park
November 10, 2021 | 1:30 pm
Seven veterans with service-connected disabilities experienced the benefits of diving while contributing to coral restoration work and buoy maintenance at Dry Tortugas National Park.
Dry Tortugas National Park acts to preserve genetic diversity of rare pillar coral
August 26, 2021 | 1:30 pm
Dry Tortugas National Park today announced it completed a successful coral rescue mission this month to secure fragments of previously unknown pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus) colonies within the park for preservation. These new colonies may have a unique genetic makeup, or genotype, and may be more resilient to stressors like Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, found recently at the national park.
Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease found at Dry Tortugas National Park
June 2, 2021 | 11:30 am
Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease—an infectious, water-borne disease that impacts hard coral species and damages entire reefs—has been found on corals in Dry Tortugas National Park. The park’s Coral Response Team observed it on May 29 while conducting a routine disease survey.
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks Announce Entrance Fee-Free Days for 2021
December 29, 2020 | 10:44 am
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks will waive their entrance fee on six days in 2021.
Dry Tortugas National Park begins a $4.5 million restoration of the Tortugas Harbor Lighthouse
October 21, 2020 | 9:30 am
The 144-year old Tortugas Harbor Lighthouse on historic Fort Jefferson is about to get a facelift. On October 19, Dry Tortugas National Park kicked off the $4.5 million project to restore and preserve the deteriorating lighthouse for the next 100-plus years.
Dry Tortugas National Park reopens following Tropical Storm Laura
August 26, 2020 | 11:34 am
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Dry Tortugas National Park reopened to visitors.
Everglades National Park reopens Monday, Dry Tortugas National Park remains closed for Tropical Storm Laura
August 23, 2020 | 8:09 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – On Monday, Aug. 24, Everglades National Park will return to regular park operations. Dry Tortugas remains closed.