BOCC engages to maintain public access to St. Vincent

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM.

And, Yeager said, the island is public land and should remain fully open to the public that pays the price tag for management.

“We don’t need to lose the eco-tourism that has developed out there,” said resident Pat Hardman.

The Supporters group gathered over 800 signatures on a petition urging the UWFWS to leave the island alone and submitted that petition.

Luther said the next step was a letter-writing campaign commissioners agreed to join.

Time is of the essence, Romanelli said.

The expectation is that the USFWS will complete its staffing/ budgeting exercise in the next 15-20 days and the impacts of any decision to reduce public access would likely come this year.

“It is a treasure,” Yeager said.

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