The 1/23/11 APP reported that more behind closed door National Park Service (NPS) meetings for pending Sandy Hook and Fort Hancock Management Plans were underway.

History once again repeats itself. Since 1999 citizens/taxpayers voiced their concerns over the clandestine NPS procedures that excluded the public.

The NPS enabling statute, National Park Service Organic Act, 16 U.S.C.1. states, “…to promote and regulate the use of the…national parks…which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Our national public parklands and property should strictly adhere to the original intent and mission of the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916. The NPS is an appointed stewardship, not an exclusive ownership.

Our nation’s parklands belong to us. All NPS plans, discussions and activities for any change of use of public property should require and provide full financial disclosure, opportunity for public review and comments prior to NPS considerations for approvals.

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Private commercialization of public property does not serve the best interests of the public and should not be supported by the NPS.

All that love Sandy Hook, should submit comments to the NPS. Tell them that the public must be involved in the planning process from the get go. All meetings should have full public disclosure and transparency. Sandy Hook’s fragile barrier island must have the full benefit of an Environmental Impact Statement, opportunity for public review and comment prior to any proposed change of use.

Please submit comments to [email protected], [email protected].gov and [email protected] on the Hook’s Management Plan by 1/31/11.

Sandy Hook must remain in public hands and not that of private for profit pockets.


Carole Balmer
Holmdel, NJ

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...