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Pallone Opposes Development at Sandy Hook National Recreation Area

March 5, 2020
Press Release

Long Branch, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) sent a letter to the Superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area expressing his opposition to proposed development of permanent residential units at Sandy Hook. “I am adamantly opposed to any development for residential purposes and strongly encourage you to prevent this private development at Sandy Hook,” Pallone wrote in the letter.

“Sandy Hook at Gateway National Recreation Area is both a historical and natural treasure in New Jersey. It is of the utmost importance that we preserve it for area residents and visitors for generations to enjoy its beauty and appreciate its history,” Pallone continued. “It is my fear that allowing private residential development at the Hook, even with the intent of historical preservation, would only encourage future development and the ultimate demise of the Park’s natural surroundings. 

“This plan is contrary to the mission of the National Park Service and the purpose for which it was founded. The Organic Act of 1916 created the National Park Service to conserve natural and historic objects and wildlife in the United States. It also sought to protect the beauty of our country and ensure that all Americans would be able to enjoy it,” Pallone concluded. “With that mission in mind, Sandy Hook at Gateway National Recreation Area was established in 1972 for our area. I have worked tirelessly during my time in Congress to preserve Sandy Hook for future generations.”

A copy of the letter is available here.