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People can thank, in large part, Mary Margaret Stewart.
Mary Margaret Stewart---the owner. She and others in Stinson Beach are paying for trash clean-up restroom service, and a ranger. It has kept eight employees working. And kept the beach parking lot open. #abc7now #GovernmentShutdownstories #GovernmentShutdown pic.twitter.com/v9do3clxpM— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) January 22, 2019
"To me it is important. To the community it is important," said the owner the Siren Canteen.
Business boomed on this national holiday, but only because Stewart and others in Stinson Beach decided to pick up where the government has dropped the ball. They are paying to keep the parking lot open, the trash picked up, the restrooms clean, and for a ranger.
Here's a workaround on Day 31 of the #GovernmentShutdown That's the Siren Canteen in Stinson Beach, a national seashore. It should be closed, but did a booming business, today, and the beach was open. #abc7now #GovernmentShutdownstories pic.twitter.com/4GX10wkM1O— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) January 22, 2019
"Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Point Reyes Lighthouse-- they are all doing the same," said Mary.
Indeed, a few miles inland, the Muir Woods National Monument has plenty of visitors. They paid for parking, got the run of the place for free, and ventured opinions as well.
"I am grateful it is open but the government should be paying for this," said Jessica York.
At Stinson Beach, the Siren Canteen had the look and feel of a business in protest just by remaining open. Because it did, eight people had jobs and incomes. That's a form of economics trickling down because the owner keeps paddling upstream.
Here's the reward. On this national holiday...more than 300 customers would not have been here. #abc7now #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentShutdownstories "Gives me faith in Americans," said one customer. "While they argue in Washington, we find a way." pic.twitter.com/3JPuzgaGCd— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) January 22, 2019
Their actions also come with a message.
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"That we won't sit around and wait for you to have your temper tantrum," said Jared Katzman on the beach below. "We're going to get on with our lives and do what we need to do."
For this national park, no government shutdown is going to threaten a perfect day at the beach.