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Restroom and water facilities located at Opal Beach have reopened after being closed since late last year, Gulf Islands National Seashore officials said on Monday.

Opal Beach is located within the park’s Santa Rosa Day Use Area, east of Pensacola Beach on Highway 399, also known as J. Earle Bowden Way. Public facilities closed in November 2015 following the discovery of  a large water leak. National Park Service crews worked diligently to identify the leak and find a contractor, who completed the repair work last week.

“I am proud of the hard work Gulf Islands National Seashore staff has done to get these facilities reopened to the public before busiest time of the year,” said Park Superintendent Dan Brown. “Opal Beach is an amazing public resource in the heart of one of the most beautiful scenic drives, J. Earle Bowden Way, in the country.”

One of the most popular beach locations within the park, the Santa Rosa Day Use Area is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. At this area, visitors can see wildlife, beach comb, have a picnic, and swim in the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf Islands National Seashore entrance fees apply at Opal Beach. More information about park entrance fees can be found at www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/fees.htm.

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