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Gov. DeSantis Orders All State Parks Closed Until Further Notice

Big Talbot Island State Park
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Big Talbot Island State Park on A1A in Jacksonville is among the parks that is closked until further notice.

The COVID-19 shutdown continues to widen. As of Monday, March 23, all Florida state parks have been closed at the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis until further notice.

Previously state parks had scaled back hours and reduced visitor capacity.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

“Unfortunately, this has not resulted in the reductions needed to best protect public health and safety as Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said in a statement.

State parks in the Jacksonville area impacted by the closure include:

For a full list of parks impacted and additional information, see the Florida State Parks website.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

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Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.