(CNN) — Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys was closed to the public effective Monday “while police and medical personnel assess, care and coordinate transportation to Key West for the approximately 300 migrants who have arrived at the park over the past few days.” do,” says a press release from the National Park Service (NPS).
The NPS said Monday, according to the statement, that the park, like other locations in the Keys, “has recently seen an increase in people arriving by boat from Cuba and docking on the islands of Dry Tortugas National Park.”
The national park said the closure of Tortugas Secas is expected to last several days “due to the resources and space required to care for the migrants” for the safety of visitors and park staff.
Federal, state and local officials are aware of multiple migrant landings in the Dry Tortugas “this weekend,” according to a tweet from the Homeland Security Task Force for the Southeast Region.
#Breaking: During the past 24 hours, US Border Patrol agents and LE partners responded to 5 migrant landings in the Florida Keys and encountered 88 Cuban migrants. @USCGSoutheast @mcsonews @CBPAMORegDirSE #New Year’s Eve #Saturday #florida #cuba pic.twitter.com/Aq415sNGDa
Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. slosar (@USBPChiefMIP) December 31, 2022
According to a tweet, various law enforcement agencies are “coordinating efforts to bring people currently stranded on the remote and uninhabited islands.”
“Concession operated ferry and seaplane services are also temporarily suspended,” the press release said.
The status and total number of migrants being processed are unclear.
On New Year’s Day alone, more than 160 migrants were found in the Florida Keys, According to a series of tweets from Coast Guard Chief of Protection Walter N. Slosser, Slosser said about 88 migrants were found in the area on New Year’s Eve.
USCBP data shows that in October and November, there were about 14,000 encounters with Cuban immigrants in the state, with nearly 35,000 encounters statewide in fiscal year 2022.