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Good afternoon,

         I would certainly have to side with D.Hinton, even though I'm a
die-hard birder.  Being prepared, having everything in order before the
gates open, and who knows what else may be going on there before the 10 AM
opening time (one can only guess), needs to take the forefront before the
recreationalists arrive.
        I would hate to think the next "terrorist" act would be aimed at
Cape Canaveral.  But they to be prepared, too.   Maybe headway will be made
in Afghanistan before the winter season and they'll give us some weekends.
Birds can be found elsewhere.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
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----- 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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