Acadia National Park preparing for possible reopening

6:39 PM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Acadia National Park is preparing to open it's gates, if the government shutdown is resolved.

 On day 16 of the shutdown,  a compromise is finally on the horizon. Congress moved today toward a short term deal to reopen the federal government and raise the nation's debt ceiling. The plan still needs approval by the house, but if that happens we could see effects in Maine as early as Thursday. Acadia National Park has been turning visitors away since the first of the month, and would reopen as early as 24 hours after a compromise in Washington.

"We'll be calling all the employees up and say it's time to come to work," said Chief Park Ranger, Stuart West.

Around 200 park employees were furloughed, getting down to just law enforcement, and emergency responders. Jobs that the park can't function without according to West.

"I think we're all looking forward to business as usual. It's against our grain to tell the public to stay away, our job is to bring people into the park. So this is a complete change of what we'd normally do and what we'd like to do," said Chief West.


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