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Castillo de San Marcos raising entrance fees

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Fees to enter St. Augustine's iconic fort will be going up later this month.

The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument will increase entrance fees for visitors starting May 22 to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the park.

The entrance fee increase will change the price from $7 per adult to $10 per adult. Children ages 15 and under will still be admitted free. The Castillo Annual Pass will also go up in price, from $30 to $40. Entrance to Fort Matanzas will continue to be free.

"This modest increase in fees will allow us to continue to protect, preserve and share the Castillo de San Marcos with current visitors and future generations," said Superintendent Gordie Wilson. "After carefully considering public input and the impact of a fee increase on visitors and community members, we came to the conclusion that this is the right course of action to improve facilities and services important to visitors."

Entrance fees will continue supporting a wide range of projects that improve the park and visitor experiences, including historic weapons demonstrations, ranger-led interpretive programs, and countless masonry projects to preserve the oldest masonry fortification within the continental United States. Additional revenue from this fee increase will allow the park to tackle even more historic preservation projects at the Castillo.

For more park information, call 904-829-6506 or visit http://www.nps.gov/casa for the Castillo or http://www.nps.gov/foma for Fort Matanzas.