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Fla. Says It Won’t Pay To Reopen National Parks

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File photo of Fla. Gov. Rick Scott. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of Fla. Gov. Rick Scott. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say they won’t use state money to help reopen Everglades National Park and other national parks located in the Sunshine State.

The administration of President Barack Obama said Thursday it will allow some parks closed due to the federal government shutdown to reopen as long as states cover the costs.

But a spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott said Florida has no intention of spending state money.

Frank Collins said it was the obligation of the federal government to reopen the parks and that “Florida taxpayers will not foot the bill to cover Washington’s failure to negotiate and compromise.”

Florida is home to several national parks, as well as national seashores and national monuments such as the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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