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B-roll of visitors arriving at and touring Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park following the park’s reopening on Sunday.
Video source: Florida Keys News Bureau
DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK, Florida Keys -- Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys reopened to the public Sunday after being closed since New Year’s Day because of the landing of some 400 migrants, most believed to be from Cuba.
A cluster of seven tiny coral-and-sand islands, Dry Tortugas is located about 70 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. On Sunday, visitors arrived by concession-licensed ferry and seaplane to tour the remote park and its focal point, the Civil War-era Fort Jefferson that’s one of the largest masonry structures in the Western Hemisphere.
The National Park Service temporarily closed Dry Tortugas to visitors Jan. 1 so that care and transport could be arranged for migrants that arrived at the park on small boats over the New Year's weekend holiday.
On Jan. 5, the U.S. Coast Guard transported the refugees from the Tortugas to Key West and subsequently they were bused to Dania Beach, Florida, for processing by the U.S. Border Patrol.
As well as Fort Jefferson, a former Union military prison that once housed alleged Lincoln assassination conspirator Dr. Samuel Mudd, Dry Tortugas National Park is known for exceptional bird-watching and snorkeling opportunities.
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