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Government shutdown forces visitors off Cape Lookout National Seashore

By Jonathan Weant
Published On: Oct 02 2013 06:18:42 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 03 2013 08:16:41 AM CDT

It was a packed ferry ride Wednesday morning as many visitors on the Cape Lookout National Seashore were forced to leave the island due to the government shutdown.

CARTERET COUNTY -

It was a packed ferry ride Wednesday morning as many visitors on the Cape Lookout National Seashore were forced to leave the island due to the government shutdown.

It's peak season for fishing in Eastern Carolina, and tourist from all over are heading to the island.

Gordon Waddell along with three of his friends, drove six hours for the trip, while Norman and Linda Hughes drove from the mountains, being their first trip to the island

On Tuesday morning, all visitors were told to leave the camp grounds immediately or face a $150 ticket. Not only were visitors faced with a fine, but according to the people on the island, barricades were put up in place, keeping them from walking on the beach and forcing them to stay int heir cabins or cars. Park Superintendent Pat Kenney said their hands were tied, and they were just following orders from Washington.

Visitors forced off the island Wednesday said they will get a refund.

Other national parks affected include Cape Hatteras.