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Pallone Voices Opposition to Private Residential Development at Gateway National Recreation Area

November 23, 2020
Press Release

Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) spoke in opposition to the National Park Service’s proposal to allow private residential development at Gateway National Recreation Area. During a virtual public forum hosted by the National Park Service, Pallone expressed his strong disapproval of private residential development and expressed deep concern that the proposed private development would threaten one of New Jersey’s treasured landscapes.  

“The wholesale conversion of public lands and facilities to private residential use would alter the nature of Sandy Hook and would be antithetical to the National Park Service’s founding values and mission. Sandy Hook serves as an important place for my constituents and all who visit to learn about our nation’s military history, recreate, and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings,” Pallone said. “I am deeply concerned that the National Park Service’s plan would turn a significant portion of Sandy Hook into a place that only select permanent residents can enjoy. We must ensure that these places of beauty remain fully accessible to everyone.”

In March, Pallone sent a letter to the Superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area opposing proposed development of permanent residential units at Sandy Hook.