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Locally run Texas park closed by federal shutdown

ARROYO CITY, Texas (AP) - A park along the Texas border that is managed and maintained by local taxpayer dollars is nonetheless closed during the federal government shutdown.

Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park was closed this week because it sits on federal land. But the park is operated by Cameron County and stayed open during the last government shutdown in 1995.

Cameron County officials are reluctant to question the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because they're in the midst of negotiating a new park lease with the federal government.

The original 25-year lease expired in 2011. The park operates under a conditional lease.

County Commisioner David Garza says the park's closing is due to the shutdown and not related to the lease issue.

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