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Opportunity To Help Shape Future of Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook

The National Park Service is looking to fill 8 seats on the newly-formed Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee.

A building at Fort Hancock that sustained damage in Hurricane Sandy, photographed May 4, 2013.
A building at Fort Hancock that sustained damage in Hurricane Sandy, photographed May 4, 2013.

The deadline is Monday for nominations to fill 8 seats of the 20 seats on the Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee.

Formed in 2013, the Committee is charged with advising Gateway National Recreation Area on issues concerning the future of the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historical Landmark.

More than 100 historic buildings dating from the U.S. Army era are located within Gateway’s Sandy Hook Unit. Most are vacant, but there is the possibility that many of them can be re-adapted for new uses. 

"A recent Request for Expressions of Interest brought hundreds of possible new leaseholders to the park and generated over 40 written responses,"  said Gateway Superintendent Jennifer T. Nersesian in a written statement. "Now the committee is advising the park on an upcoming Request for Proposals, which we expect to issue later this year. We need to keep the committee at full membership so that we can keep this momentum going."

The next public committee meeting is at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 18 at Twin Lights historic site in Highlands. Public comment period is at 1 p.m.

Membership on the committee is by appointment from the Secretary of the Interior.

Of the Committee’s 20 members, eight have terms which expire in late August. Anyone interested in being a member, including current members whose terms are expiring, must submit materials in hard copy to the office of Gateway’s Superintendent no later than July 14, 2013. Nominees should describe and document their qualifications for membership and include a resume listing their name, title, address, telephone, e-mail, and fax number.

After the park selects nominees, these nominations are vetted through the Department of the Interior and the White House. 

Nominations are sought to represent the following communities: real estate, recreation, cultural resources and historic preservation, business and hospitality. 

Members of the Committee currently include representatives from Monmouth County and the municipalities of Highlands, Sea Bright, Rumson and Middletown Township. See a list of members here. 

For more information, contact External Affairs Officer John Warren at 732-872-5970 or by e-mail.


Frank F July 15, 2014 at 05:47 AM
Seems our dear little editor likes to censor any criticism. I posted a critical but certainly warranted comment and as you can see it is gone. It was here. Just more Middletown Patch nonsense.
William July 15, 2014 at 07:42 AM
Frank Please try again it may have been your fault, A few of mine went astray but were found, hope yous is found. Remember Patch stirs the pot to gain participation if there were no controversy who would bother, Case in Point That obamination pole has gone Viral with brainless posters by the same posters over and over, AS for the sandy hook dog and pony show Nothing will be done there are no Funds from Federal or state a Hospitality Developer has to be given the support to develop as other National Parks Have, And remember The Hook is connected To The Gate Way National Park Head quartered in New York, Between NJ & NY there is enough Corruption and History of not agreeing, Been to a couple of meetings on The Hook and saw how nothing will ever be done. No one and I mean NO ONE has any idea of what they are doing Does The word APPOINTED have anything to do with it. And Now a APPOINTED group, Just look around in Government and Authority's packed with Hacks . It is a shame and a Crime how Sandy Hook has been allowed to be destroyed in this manner, and Sadly it will continue.

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