Letter - National Seashore Advisory Commission "Has Outlived Its Usefulness"

from County Commissioner Ron Beaty

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Regarding recent news coverage about pending federal legislation related to the possible, though ill-advised, reinstatement of the now defunct Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission, there is good reason why the U.S. Interior Department has not supported its continuation.

Said Commission was formally authorized by Public Law 87-126, August 7, 1961; as amended by Public Law 105-280.

The panel was supposed to consult on matters relating to development of the National Seashore and to carry out specific provisions of the park’s enabling legislation.

Moreover, it was tasked to provide advice before permits are issued for industrial or commercial use of property within the seashore; establishment of any public use area for recreational activity within the seashore; and any proposed action which would create a substantive change in natural conditions or in existing structures within the seashore.

Two years ago, the Interior Secretary ordered that the value of the Board be evaluated and wanted the Park to justify the existence of its advisory committee.

Not surprisingly, it appears the Park failed in this endeavor. Also, things at the Seashore having been running quite smoothly during the past year without it.

In my individual opinion, I believe the Advisory Commission had outlived it’s usefulness, and morphed into what had  essentially become a glorified social club which accomplished little of practical value that could be empirically measured.


Barnstable County Commissioner

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