- Posted October 15, 2013 by
San Diego, California
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Shutdown over: What next?
SHUTDOWN SHUTS DOWN 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of Cabrillo Monument!
Fox 5 News in San Diego reported "the Centennial Commemorative Ceremony would have capped off a weekend-long festival leading up to the anniversary of San Diego's only national park."
Now postponed until "an undetermined date in the near future," said a message on Cabrillo Centennial's website. "We apologize for any inconvenience this situation has created for you,"
While the immature babies who we elected continue to play games with people's lives and livelihood, it may seem that a monument 's big party might seem superfluous. However, this is not the case.
Honoring Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who first landed in San Diego Bay in 1542, is a big deal here in San Diego. The local Portuguese community always throws a big party for the occasion.
The three-day centennial celebration--slated to begin this past Monday--would have featured a tour of the lighthouse, the burial of a time capsule and an antique car show. Also, The "Cabrillo Lights Up the Night" gala fundraiser, which was scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed until March, according to the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation.
Many tourists and visitors have been turned away from enjoying the scenic wonder at the tip of the Point Loma peninsula. Spokeswoman Bonnie Phillips told Channel 8 News that "all facilities at the monument, which gets about 800,000 visits each year, were to remain closed until the shutdown ends, including the bay side trails, bookstore, lighthouse, military history exhibit, tidepools and Visitor Center."
Today, at least, some visitors to the Cabrillo National Monument were being allowed to walk into the park. "While the gate at the entrance to the monument remained closed to vehicles, people were being allowed to walk or ride wheelchairs at their own risk to the Point Loma Lighthouse, "Chief Ranger Ralph Jones told Channel 8 News.
So much for the big 100 Year Cabrillo Anniversary Celebration, you killjoys in Washington D.C.