This subject of Delaware’s lack of a national park has come up numerous times. I did comment on it on this blog two years ago, and said this:
One time the Cypress Swamp in Gumboro was suggested. Other times it’s been some of the beaches currently under the state’s control. Quite honestly I don’t see the point. Forty-nine other states have national parks, so what if Delaware doesn’t have one? One can only imagine the pain and suffering the federal government would impose on property owners bordering the national park, like how much fertilizer they could put on their lawn or what type of septic system they could have. The possibilities could be endless. With regard to this matter, Delaware doesn’t need to be a “me too!” state.
I really don’t know if much more needs to be said. This time through it seems that Delaware’s congressional delegation is hell-bent on making it happen. Senator Carper, Senator Coons, and Rep. Carney have afflicted us with The First State National Historical Park Act of 2011. Gee, I wish they had that much passion for other things that increased our economy, our personal freedoms, and jobs. Of course, the pitch for the national park is to bring in tourism dollars, based on this quote from Sen. Tom Carper from the press release:
“I cannot wait for the day when families all across this country and the world will plan their vacations around the Delaware National Park…”
I don’t know about you but if they aren’t planning them now, what thing about making these properties part of a “national park” will magically make people want to come here now? Does this First State National Historical Park Act come with Jedi mind tricks too?
It would seem that in a time when our federal government needs to be more careful about how it spends it’s money we wouldn’t be dumping it into projects that are already being well taken care of by our own state or local organizations.
Press release from Rep. John Carney’s office.