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Puerto Rico’s historical forts may reopen Wednesday despite federal gov’t shutdown

By on January 8, 2019

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SAN JUAN – The executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), Carla Campos, said on Twitter that the National Park Service notified its intention to open the San Felipe del Morro and San Cristóbal forts Wednesday despite the federal government’s ongoing closure.

“National Park Service notified tonight its intention to open Wednesday having found an alternative to its operational concerns. Tomorrow, the Tourism Company of Puerto Rico will be renewing the agreement that has maintained El Morro open the past 2 weeks during federal closure,” Campos wrote.

On Monday both historic buildings in Old San Juan were closed to the public after the National Park Service (NPS) did not extend the agreement with the government of Puerto Rico to keep them open.

“This is very positive news for Puerto Rico Tourism. The administration of Governor Ricardo Rosselló and the efforts of Jenniffer González and Carlos Mercader in D.C. have made this reconsideration possible to keep the San Juan Historic Site open during the federal government’s closure,” Campos added.

The resident commissioner tweeted Tuesday her letter to National Park Service Deputy Director Paul Daniel Smith, adding that she is “urging to work with to maintain open to thousands of individuals who visit this historic site every year. Keeping this leading attraction open to the public would assist in ’s economy + recovery.”

-Caribbean Business contributed to this report.

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