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Survey: Acadia Shutdown Costly for Maine
10/10/2013 12:11 PM ET  

The survey by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees indicates that, so far, nearly 70,000 visitors have been shut out of Acadia National Park, resulting in a revenue loss of more than $5 million.

A coalition of retired national park employees says its research shows that the government shutdown is killing tourism and visitor revenue in park communities.

"We believe that about 7 million visitors have been prevented from visting national parks, and there's been a loss of more than $750 million in visitor spending, just for the first 10 days throughout the country," says Joan Anzelmo, of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

Anzelmo says the coalition has tracked and compiled figures on 12 of the nations popular parks, including Acadia National Park in Maine.

"It looks to us like Acadia probably has lost over 68,000 visitors in the first 10 day of this shutdown, and probably well over $5 million in lost revenue," Anzelmo says.

The group also contends that 3,300 jobs are at stake because of the shut down.

This story was reported and written by Jennifer Mitchell.



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