U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.) wrote a letter to the National Park Service asking them to make restoring Sandy Hook a priority and provide enough funding and support to get the beach operational in time for next summer’s tourist season.
“Recent press reports have indicated that Sandy Hook may remain closed this coming summer. The National Park Service must do everything within its power to ensure that this is not the case.”
“In response to my letter I request that you provide me with a detailed plan explaining how the National Park Service plans to restore operations, return organizations and park employees to their buildings and homes and provide access to the park as soon as possible.”
Can you tell Pallone wasn’t directly affected by Sandy?
That letter would like if Atlantic Highlands town council(AH having no jurisdiction in Highlands – just being a neighboring town, like Pallone having no real jurisdiction on Federal Property, and just representing neighboring communities) wrote to you and said, “We urge you to put your house back together because it the way it looks now, it doesn’t reflect well on the town and will hurt our economic viability as a town because some of the Ferry people don’t want to look at the houses in the current state, in response to our letter, please provide a detailed plan explaining how you plan to restore your home and make it aesthetically pleasing.” –
If I got a letter like that my initial response would be start with F and end in U. Anybody in downtown that has been affected knows the new normal, you think putting your house back together won’t be too difficult, then you deal with the red tape of the insurance companies, the contractors, the fact that the delta between what its going to cost you well surpasses what you have or will get from your insurance company. Then imagine getting a similar letter asking you to hurry up and make sure you get it down in a short time frame?
Hey Pallone, here’s a better idea, why not acknowledge the devastation Sandy Hook undertook and ask what you can do personally to help get it functional by next summer. Make the commitment to the Park Service that you will assist with fixing the problem by ensuring they have the fiscal and human resources necessary to achieve the goal of opening and not exasperating the issue by making stupid requests that may or may not be feasible.