Gulf Islands National Seashore announced today the closure of Fort Pickens Area in Florida, in anticipation of intense wind and surf that will cause sand and water to cover the road. The forecasted wind and surf are anticipated to cause Fort Pickens road to become impassable.
The Fort Pickens Area is closed at noon today, Monday, November 28, 2016,to all incoming public use due to predicted heavy winds and surf A mandatory evacuation of campers in the Fort Pickens and Perdido Key areas has begun and all campers need to evacuate by 4:00 pm today.
Fort Pickens Area will remain closed to all incoming traffic and use until further notice. Other closures due to flooding may occur, but are not planned at this point. Superintendent Dan Brown said, “Our number one priority during extreme weather events is to provide for the safety of park visitors and staff, and in this case the most appropriate action is to close these areas and start the mandatory evacuation of campers at Fort Pickens and Perdido Key areas.” Park staff will assess conditions throughout the next few days and announce updates as appropriate.
When the road reopens, the campground will be first come, first served until the reservation system comes on-line again. Visitors may call the Fort Pickens Road Hotline at 850-934-2656 to get updates about road conditions. Fort Barrancas and other park areas including all of the Mississippi locations will remain open.