Due to the Sandy Hook Foundation’s latest statements wherein its members falsely proclaimed that the preservation of the Ft. Hancock buildings is the primary mission of the National Park Service at Sandy Hook, I must once again correct the Sandy Hook Foundation,

Contrary to what the Sandy Hook Foundation would have the public believe, there is no mandate for the National Park Service to preserve the Ft. Hancock buildings.  This sobering fact was verified for Congressman Frank Pallone, and my wife and me, by the Congressman’s chief staffer from his Washington, D.C. office, over 6 years ago.

When the Congressman heard his staffer confirm what we had told him that no directive or mandate existed for the preservation of the Ft. Hancock buildings, Congressman Pallone was shocked.  So much so, that he asked his staffer to repeat her findings.  She did, and her response remained the same:  There was no mandate for the National Park Service to preserve the Ft. Hancock buildings.

Congressman Pallone was amazed and appalled..  He said he had been misled by local preservationists.

If the Sandy Hook Foundation’s position that Ft. Hancock building preservation was indeed its primary mission at Sandy Hook, the National Park Service would be guilty of malfeasance and dereliction of duty for the last 36 years. As evidenced by the demolition by neglect suffered by the Ft. Hancock buildings while under its questionable stewardship, the National Park Service, instead, has shown itself responsible of being dreadfully ineffective.

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The Sandy Hook Foundation’s attempt to use court decisions to support (prop up) their desire to “preserve the Ft. Hancock buildings at any cost”, was inappropriate and misleading.  The decisions in question dealt with preserving national park land, flora and fauna from the ravages of detrimental recreational activities, such as “all terrain vehicle” (ATV) and snow mobile use.  But the Sandy Hook Foundation failed (purposely so as to mislead the public?) to recognize this very important difference of what the courts were seeking to protect and preserve, the land, not buildings,

The reputation and believability of the Sandy Hook Foundation appears to be suffering based upon its latest action relating to the Ft. Hancock buildings. 

Peter P. O’Such, Jr.

Fair Haven, NJ

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Allan Dean

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...