In the wake of the Obama Administration’s audacious closure of 1,100 miles of water in Florida Bay, I’m wondering how National Park Service rangers feel about enforcing such an edict. And I’m hoping that at least one or two will have backbone enough to speak out against it.
But I’m not holding my breath.
With that in mind, here are Mark Steyn’s similar thoughts on a related matter from the National Review Online.
“One would not be altogether surprised to find the feds stringing yellow police tape along the Rio Grande, the 49th parallel, and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, if only to keep Americans in rather than anybody else out.
“Still, I would like to have been privy to the high-level discussions at which the government took the decision to install its Barrycades on open parkland. For anyone with a modicum of self-respect, it’s difficult to imagine how even the twerpiest of twerp bureaucrats would consent to stand at a crowd barrier and tell a group of elderly soldiers who’ve flown in from across the country that they’re forbidden to walk across a piece of grass and pay their respects.
“Yet, if any National Parks Service employee retained enough sense of his own humanity to balk at these instructions or other spiteful, petty closures of semi-wilderness fishing holes and the like, we’ve yet to hear about it.”
I started this website because of concerns that the Obama Administration would use its National Ocean Council to deny public access to public waters as it “zoned” uses of our oceans, coastal waters, and the Great Lakes. Considering how this President is allowed to get away with just about everything he does, no matter how outrageous, I’m still fearful that could happen.
I also knew that the National Park Service is no friend to anglers, as evidenced by its unwarranted closure of vast portions of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
But I didn’t see closures of Florida Bay and Biscayne National Park happening this way.