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Disruptions will impact Floridians if shutdown isn't resolved by end of month
FLORIDA -- If the government shutdown doesn't end by the end of the month, thousands of Floridians may feel direct impacts.
Signs outside Wildlife Refuges are a reminder of the federal government shutdown. As the shutdown drags on, the possibility of food stamps and other aid disruptions loom for Floridians.
"People using food stamps are worried about not getting them anymore. They're spending their money wisely," said Eric Trice from Nichols and Sons Seafood.
Eric Trice has seen three food stamps recipients all week. On a normal day he sees up to 15.
"We've seen a dramatic change in our retail customers, yes," he added.
The funding for food stamps and the temporary assistance for needy families has money through the end of the month. But Governor Rick Scott has ordered Florida agencies not to spent any money on bills owed by the federal government.
"We're working through all of our agencies to look at what impacts it'll have on the state," said Gov. Rick Scott.
Children may be the next target. Smaller school districts in Florida rely more on federal dollars than larger districts. Conflicting reports differ on how long they'll receive money under a long shutdown.
"We're looking closely at it. Again, we're hoping they're going to do the right thing. This needs to end," said Attorney General, Pam Bondi.
The Everglades are the most popular park affected. Regardless, Trice says politicians need to figure the problem in Washington, to avoid further issues for people in Florida. House Republicans say they offered the president a deal that would have increased the debt ceiling without reopening the government immediately, but the proposal feel short of Obama's demands.