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»We need to develope the land at the fort . Bring in the money to pat for its self. Have summer concerts like in the past . You have all that open space on the creek side lets use it. Just look at other cities. like va. beach
»I object to the uncalled-for "Lorax" sarcasm in Andrew S25's belated reply to the Nov. 3 comment of Mark Perreault, who was justly present in the Oval Office when the president designated a national monument that, unfortunately, is a fake one. Andrew S25, where have you been for eight years? Are you aware of the Trust for Public Land study that compared Tidewater's _waterfront_ green space unfavorably with that of other major US coastal metropolitan regions? It's not at all clear why the Fort Monroe Authority has reopened but limited the discussion for a few days this winter. But if you want a discussion of why it's important to include the missing bayfront land in the national monument, just look around you. You could start at the entry that gained the most votes by far in any of the discussion rounds: http://ideas.fmautho
»Thanks for this idea and thanks especially for the intriguing illustration. For years some of us had called this basic idea the "Historic Quadrangle." Maybe Andrew S25 is the person who introduced a better name, Historic Diamond, at a public meeting last year. In any case, that's the name I gratefully switched to when I submitted the idea "Peninsula's Historic Diamond: full story of America's founding " in May 2012. I hope people will also read and consider that brief writeup in this discussion forum. It has some differences with what appears here, and they might merit attention. Please find that writeup at
Thanks. Steven T. Corneliussen, http://www.fortmonro
»Prevent this trivial, commercial marketing at an historic site. This does not honor or enhance such an important part of our heritage of freedom.
»Connecting Fort Monroe with different Hampton Roads communities is a great idea. The use of ferries can be a fun experience for visitors. I remember riding a ferry when I was child.
»If you are speaking regionally, then I am confused by your post. There are already parks with more greenspace than Fort Monroe could offer, and Newport News Park is the second largest municipal park in the entire United States. Chesapeake City Park alone has more contiguous greenspace than any configuration of Wherry/Crescent could pretend to offer. Mt. Trashmore could hold Wherry three times over if it wanted. If you want that sort of park in Hampton, or aren't satisfied with the views those other parks offer, then perhaps that would be more accurate than making the lamentation of a Lorax that Hampton Roads is overrun with asphalt and concrete, with a the last tree dying while watching the expansion of I-64.
»Fort Monroe is a perfect venue for Tidewater races. A lot of people pay good money to enter and run these races, and would jump at the opportunity to run along the beach, along the moat, or any other number of picturesque scenes on Fort Monroe. Everything from a 5k to a 13.1 (with a little repetition) is possible. Freedom Runs can bring in not only participants, but sponsors and vendors.
»I think we would be better served to think of every amenity as an investment. Every feature listed above COSTS money, but does it necessarily bring in money? Sure, seating areas and kiosks may invite more traffic, but how does FM profit from that traffic? You can't charge to get in restrooms or read a sign, and you surely can't charge to gain access to FM. Concession Stands may bring in money, especially during tourist season, but that would require new development, which loud voices have successfully campaigned against thus far.If there are seating areas, we had better offset the cost by putting in coin-operated binoculars. If we won't allow have concession stands, we can at least have vending machines housed in design-conforming structures. If there is a fishing pier, charge money as OV does. And if we are going to have "interpretive signage," then GET SPONSORS. Fort Monroe is beautiful, and people will visit, but that doesn't mean it has to be free -- quite the opposite.
»These all sound like feasible and viable ideas to me. Not sure about the miniature golf course .... not sure what that has to do with a moated fort. Cheers, DLR
»There are other ways to fund the gap as presented by the planners, non as harmful to the region as a casino/resort. Lots of places for that along our already developed shoreline. The WQ is the ONLY opportunity for a large natural area and large outdoor events such as art shows, music, and other large group outdoor activities.
»Casinos may be the best way to lower the image of the region, disrespect Fort Monroe's history and potential as a place to enjoy and appreciate natural beauty, open space and wildlife, and involve citizens in yet more sedentary, socially wasteful activity.
»Without a second major tourist attraction Fort Monroe remains a "one trick pony". And
this "pony" will lose its attraction even further during the six months when the beaches, trails, and ramparts become down right uncomfortable weather wise. Let us face reality, tourists don't hang around very long during cool, sometimes blustery weather. Where will operating revenue come from during the off season? If you don't believe me question the vendors of Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, and Yorktown. Besides, warm, pleasant weather is only one to two days South. Even the cruise ships take their clients to warmer climes while accompanied by on board entertainment, and luxurious surroundings. Our only hope for year 'round revenue is to provide visiting tourists with what they want. They might even get some "beach time" if they are lucky. Otherwise entertaining shows, and luck at the table
will have to do. Build a reasonable Resort/Casino and they will come
»Casinos may be the best way to lower image of region, disrespect Fort Monroe history and involve citizens in yet more sedentary, socially wasteful activity.
»The Sasaki, Dec. 2012, Update Briefing provides 3 possible plans for Ft. Monroes future use.
The most costly (to the Virginia taxpayer) of the 3 results from isolating the Wherry Qtr from any development to improve the view, to and from a small segment of the Fort's rampart. It would result in an annual deficit to the Fort's Operating Budget of about 3 million dollars. Who will pay for this deficit? The State of Virginia (you and I). In my opinion, the Fort, Moat,
and Museum, with a narrow land buffer around it, is a great, federally funded, historic attraction, that with its shoreline location can "stand alone". Will it draw repeat tourists? How
many times did you visit the Lincoln Memorial? On the contrary, a second attraction would draw from Virginia and adjacent States. Use about 40 acres of Wherry, and when the economy improves, build a tastefull "grand" Resort/Casino to eliminate the Winter doldrums, draw repeat visitors, and eliminate the millions in operating deficits