National Park Service officials will reopen several areas of Gulf Islands National Seashore in Florida this weekend. On Saturday, October 3, Johnson Beach in the Perdido Key Area and the Naval Live Oaks Area will reopen. The Okaloosa Area will reopen on Sunday, October 4. The three areas will open on their normal operating schedules.
All areas of the national seashore were closed Saturday, September 12, ahead of Hurricane Sally making landfall on the Gulf Coast. The Fort Pickens and Santa Rosa Areas remain closed to all visitors (pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles). The Fort Barrancas Area remains closed due to NAS Pensacola closure.
J. Earle Bowden Way, Highway 399 between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach, and Fort Pickens Road were severely impacted by the storm and will not resume normal operations for several months. A timeline for road reconstruction or limited reopening is not available currently. Opal Beach remains heavily inundated with sand, but damage to facilities was limited. In the Fort Pickens Area, boardwalks, pavilions, the ferry pier, the old camp store, and all historic wooden structures were all damaged. Current closure information: www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/tempclosures.htm.