There are those very rare occasions when even the most extreme superlatives just aren’t enough. The opportunity now being made available to the public to participate in the historic restoration of Fort Hancock is just such an occasion. It is simply an incomparable once-in-a-lifetime invitation. This is a chance to locate in a place that is at once in the heart of the New York metropolitan area – accessible to Manhattan by ferry – and surrounded by over 1,700 acres of National Park land. It is a chance to be part of an exclusive enclave of historic structures in the 5th most-visited National Park in the nation. It is a chance to create a custom home or headquarters with every modern amenity within one or more historic structures, while restoring them in the true national interest.

This is the rare opportunity to both derive a substantial individual benefit, and make an enduring public contribution. While the cost of restoration will be borne by the leaseholder, the terms will be generously modest, the infrastructural support guaranteed, and the incalculable value of location within a National Historic Landmark will be a permanent asset that can only grow in value over time. When looked at in the broader context of amenities and resources available in the surrounding Monmouth County communities, the value is even further enhanced. It is with a great sense of anticipation and optimism that I await what I am confident will be many outstanding proposals worthy of this unexcelled opportunity.

Freeholder Lillian G. Burry

Member of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee

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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...