No happy campers during government shutdown


Vacationers Dick Kaverman and Marcia Willinger, of Toledo, Ohio, pack up their camp site at Flanners Beach at the Croatan National Forest on Tuesday, the first day of the government shutdown. About a half dozen families were asked to pack up and move on as the government shutdown has forced the closure of the campgrounds along the Neuse River.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 01:57 PM.

Dick Kaverman and Marcia Willinger had hoped to get a little relaxation in by camping at the Flanners Beach Campground.

Instead, they were told Tuesday morning they would have to pack up and leave the Croatan National Forest site because of the federal government shutdown.

“I’m getting ready to write my congresswoman,” Kaverman said as the pair finished breakfast heated on a camp stove and prepared to take down their tent at the Neuse Recreation Area on the banks of the Neuse River.

They were among about a half dozen camping families told they would have to leave because Congress could not agree on a continuing resolution to fund the government on Monday. The result was a partial shutdown of non-essential government functions.

Kaverman and Willinger had planned to visit the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Wright Brothers National Memorial on their way back to their home in Toledo, Ohio, but now they were unsure what they would do with the closure of federal parks.

“It’s a sad story,” Kaverman said. “Now the government is putting a little squeeze on our plans.”

They expressed dissatisfaction in the performance of Congress in not being able to make a deal.

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