It's time for friends of Fort Monroe--and of American history, and of prospects for civic enrichment led by economic enrichment--to reassert the need for swift-as-possible unification of the two parts of the split national monument.
This forum's first round's two top vote-getting (i.e., most "seconded") ideas--by far--called for unifying the split national monument/park by incorporating the missing, sense-of-place-defining bayfront land shown in red in the accompanying illustration. (See link below.)
The idea "Let's make a REAL national monument/park!" (link below) came from the conservative politician Tom Gear, honored formally this year by the nonpartisan citizens committee Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park for years of Fort Monroe leadership.
The idea "Virginian-Pilot calls for including missing bayfront Wherry land" reported an editorial (link below) in Tidewater's leading daily newspaper that began, “The Wherry Quarter, roughly 100 acres of state-owned waterfront land dividing two sections of the new Fort Monroe National Monument, should be permanently set aside as open space and added to the park as soon as possible." The editors declared, “Protecting the waterfront from development--any development--is critical to securing the integrity of the new national monument. Its value as a historic site, a natural resource and tourist attraction will be degraded if the Wherry Quarter is not preserved.” Please note that word "degraded."
The editors ended by advocating adamant insistence: “Various state and federal officials have said they've heard that message loud and clear. But let them know again. And keep letting them know until the waterfront is set aside and incorporated in the national monument.”
I hope you'll agree that a good way to register that adamant insistence loudly and clearly is to affirm the present idea,"Please unify nat'l monument by including missing bayfront acres." Please click "Second This Idea." Thanks very much.