2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 07:50:21 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Support for national park at Fort Monroe (VA)
Public's plea: Make Fort Monroe a national park

By Kate Wiltrout, Associated Press
July 20, 2011

HAMPTON - If federal officials had any doubts about whether the public supports Fort Monroe becoming part of the National Park Service, a pair of meetings Tuesday surely cleared things up.

More than 500 turned out for a midday public-comment session regarding the future of the historic fort, which the Army is vacating in September. Hundreds more flocked to the city's convention center for an evening gathering to express support for Congress - or President Barack Obama - designating the waterfront property as a national park or national monument.

Speaker after speaker told Terry Moore, a park service planning chief, that the 570-acre waterfront property deserves federal protection.

On Sept. 15, most of the property will revert to the state. The governor and the state agency overseeing the base's reuse, the Fort Monroe Authority, support the idea of a national park and envision a shared effort to manage the property. The authority will oversee the leasing of residential and office space, with controlled development limited to specified areas. Hampton, state and federal officials all want to see the fort become self-sustaining.


For the entire article, see
http://hamptonroads.com/2011/07/public-meetings-today-hampton-fort- monroe


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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