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As a retired military veteran I believe I see the picture a little
different.  During high alerts security personnel are all doing double duty,
probably 24 hour shifts.  Asking them to do more for birders would be a very
low priority item.  I just returned from the commissary at Tyndal AFB this
weekend where I noticed security personnel in full battle gear everywhere so
they have their hands full.

David Hinton
Major USAF Retired



----- Original Message -----
From: "David Hartgrove" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, October 14, 2001 10:56 PM
Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Black Point Wildlife Drive


> Hello All,
>    I realize that things have changed since the events of 9/11/01.
> NASA and the Air Force at Canaveral Air Force Station have legitimate
> security concerns regarding the facilities adjacent to MINWR.
> However, since these organizations have 24 hour security anyway, what
> difference would 3 hours make to them ? If we could enter Black Point
> at 7:00 A.M., the sun would still be up, they could still maintain
> security and we could utilize an excellent resource that has been
> denied to us without adequate explanation. After all, it's the tax
> dollars that all of us pay that fund the operation of these
> facilities in the first place.
>    Several weeks ago, I sent a note to NASA via their web site asking
> about entrance into Black Point. I got a response from the web master
> notifying me that my request had been forwarded on to Chris Fairey,
> at NASA. Needless to say, I've not heard a word since. The folks at
> the Refuge office would be happy to see things back to more normal
> operating hours. Perhaps we can help that to happen by letting NASA
> know just how much we value this resource and access to it. You can
> contact Chris Fairey at  [log in to unmask] . If we can
> impress upon them how important this issue is to us surely they'll
> listen.
>
> David Hartgrove
> Daytona Beach
>
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