The city of Beaufort has federal agencies in their community including the National Park Services and NOAA. Within those two agencies, there are 97 federal employees who are being affected by the government shutdown.
“No one is there,” Rett Newton, Mayor of Beaufort, said. “No one is working. Same thing with the National Park Services. Behind me you see the park service ferries that go back and forth. Those are stagnant today.”
Newton said having the town’s key components shut down is another set back for the community, as they are recovering from Hurricane Florence.
“We still have blue tarps on roofs. Families are still trying to recover from that. We are still have businesses that are just now opening up. Again just another set back for our community,” Newton said.
Now on day 25 of the partial government shutdown, Newton said he is concerned this will trickle down and not only hurt families directly impacted, but also local businesses.
“The NOAA lab is shut down right now, and how that is affecting the families we don’t quite know just yet. Are they having to constrict their budgets? Is this going to affect local restaurants? Gas stations? Food service stores? How is it going to affect us- we haven’t seen that quite just yet,” Newton said.
Newton said the shutdown does not only affect Washington DC, but communities all over the country.
“We need our elected officials in Washington DC to figure this out and get people back to work,” Newton said.