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Park Shutdown Protest in Accomack County

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- The federal government has shut down the Assateague National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. But that is not stopping residents from trying to get inside.

"if they send me a summons, I'll send it to the White House," Anna Stubbs said.

She and dozens of other protestors are rallying for the parks to reopen, so the Chincoteague economy can get back on track.

"I have a motel and I had 10 cancellations last night, we have the biggest festival we have this year, the oyster festival and they are starting to cancel for that," Stubbs said.

Patricia Bierman said the shutdown is an unnecessary show of power by the government.

"It's all political and it don't belong for the people of the country  to be held back by the government," she said.

The closed gates at the parks are not just bad for the people who live in the area, it has also been a surprise for the people who arrive on vacation.

"We're going leave early because we can do more at home than here," Jeanette Lewis said.

Lewis and her husband Chuck have been coming to Chincoteague for years but say the shut down is ruining their fun.

"It's the first warm day," Chuck Lewis said. "Only humans would close a beach like that, you know what I mean. We're not going to tear the place down. There's enough supervision that I think we can enjoy the beach."

Officials from the Office of Fish and Wildlife tell WBOC the people who entered the parks illegally will be held accountable for their actions.

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