- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

OCHOPEE, Fla. (AP) - A new federal report shows that national parks in Florida received 10.6 million visitors and supported 8,064 jobs in the state in 2012.

The National Park Service said Monday that visitors to national parks in Florida spent $572.6 million.

The report looked at all of the national parks across the U.S.

Researchers found that all of the parks provide a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.

The national parks in Florida are DeSoto National Memorial, Big Cypress National Preserve, Dry Tortugas National Park, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Canaveral National Seashore, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Fort Caroline National Memorial, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, and portions of Gulf Islands National Seashore.


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