Keys shutdown outrage: Guides banned from fishing much of FL Bay in …

The federal government’s partial shutdown doesn’t just involve memorials and park paths — it also includes massive stretches of water in Florida Bay in the jurisdiction of Everglades National Park.

Florida Keys fishing guides are hurting as a result, especially in the Upper Keys, which abut the park. Islamorada fishermen held a protest Wednesday.

Park rangers say don’t blame them; their orders come from Washington.

It’s also tough for some people to understand how the federal government can close navigable waters (they’re closed to fishing, not navigation).

Some fishing guides feel as if they’re being made an example of; noting that they’re seeing more ranger patrols now that the park’s waters are “closed.” It is interesting that the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which the anti-federal voters of the Keys rejected in a 1996 straw poll, remains open.

Democrats are outraged, blaming the House for precipitating the shutdown. Republicans are outraged, blaming President Obama’s administration for trying to make the shutdown as painful as possible.

“We don’t need a resolution to keep the waters open,” said state Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo. “They’re being targeted.”

But a shutdown’s a shutdown. Things close.

Here’s today’s story from our Keys reporter Cammy Clark:

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