Gulf Islands National Seashore will close the Santa Rosa area and J. Earle Bowden Way (State Road/Highway 399) to all traffic due to winds and high surf, which have flooded portions of the road making it impassable, effective Monday, October 26 at 1:30 am. The Santa Rosa area will remain closed to all traffic until further notice. Park maintenance staffs will assess road tomorrow morning. Visitors may call the Fort Pickens Road hotline to get daily updates 850-934-2656, check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, or check our website alerts at: www.nps.gov/guis.
When announcing this closure, Superintendent Dan Brown said, “With this weather and the associated wind and high surf, low lying sections of the J. Earle BowdenWay are expected to be flooded or covered with sand and impassable due to water and sand on the road. In order to ensure the safety of visitors and staff, the J. Earle Bowden Way will remain closed until we can clear the road for safe passage of vehicles.” The Park will assess road conditions Tuesday morning after this weather system has passed and staff have an opportunity to mitigate any hazards.
Fort Barrancas will be open Monday October 26, so that visitors may enjoy an alternate site while Fort Pickens is closed.
For additional information, contact park headquarters at (850) 934-2600 in Florida or (228) 230-4100 in Mississippi, or visit the National Seashore website at www.nps.gov/guis.