Public comments on the National Park Service proposed Management Plans for Sandy Hook are needed now.
At recent information sessions held in Monmouth Beach and in Highlands many ideas were put forth by the public and those seeking to privately commercialize our parklands. Public access to, protection of and enjoyment of public property must not be impeded, diminished or obstructed by self-serving special interests. Our national parklands belong forever in public hands and not in that of for-profit vested interest pockets. Private profits always tend to trump the public's best interests.
Since 1999, the public voiced objections to NPS plans that turned over Sandy Hook's public structures to private entities. It took over ten years for the NPS to realize that the public's concerns were warranted and justified.
Please remind the NPS again, loud and clear that the American people are the true owners of our national parklands. The NPS appointed officials and employees are merely stewards assigned to hold park properties in trust for the people, the taxpayers that have paid for public property.
To assure that public employees, authorities and elected officials truly represent the best interests of the people the public must remain ever vigilant. The public must hold public servants accountable for transparency and expect concerns to be addressed and responded to prior to behind closed door negotiations that put our public lands into private hands.
Please tell the NPS that all uses of public parklands and properties must not be restricted but remain open and available to all the people.