Government Shutdown Causes Table Rock Lake Visitor Center to Close

BRANSON, Mo. -- Government facilities in Branson were forced to rearrange operations due to the shutdown.

Normally, in January, The Dewey Short Visitors Center on Table Rock Lake would have a steady flow of up to 100 people walking through. But because of the government shutdown, the doors were closed and locked to the public. In addition, while most of the campgrounds on Table Rock are closed for the winter, the few that were open and occupied, would have to be vacated by 5 p.m. Tuesday, should the shutdown linger.

Leah Deeds was literally the lone Ranger on the premises. "The big thing is for folks is understanding that the visitor center project offices and parks will be closed until they hear that the government shutdown is over and funding has been restored." And for those who had reservations for a special occasion at the Dewey Center, "Anyone who might have had programs scheduled here at Dewey Short Visitors Center into the future those won't be given until the funding is restored and we reopen."

But when a shutdown occurs, the general public aren't the only ones affected. Kent Boyd, spokesperson for the Springfield-Branson National Airport says although the essential services at the airport keep going during a shutdown so that the public doesn't know the difference - those who work the government jobs do feel the sting. "In situations like this, it's never good for morale. And uh… I know these federal folks don't get paid when this happens. I mean they get paid later when it's all over, but if it goes on for a long time, that starts affecting people."

There is some good news for visitors at Table Rock. The Corps of Engineers there sent out a press release stating that anyone who made plans at the park may cancel those reservations and receive a full refund. Also, those who were forced to vacate the campsites early, can receive a partial refund.
 


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