Thursday, February 3, 2011

Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park
The preliminary proposal from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to close 53 of Florida's state parks and historic sites - including both of the state's Civil War battlefields -  is before the Florida House of Representatives' Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee, which will meet again on February 9th.

The proposal would close one-third of Florida's state parks and historic sites to save $6.5 million from DEP's monstrous current budget of more than $1.4 BILLION. It would also devastate the economies of smaller communities across the state that benefit from tourism at many of the parks, at a time when the nation is in recession.

Among the parks recommended for closure are a number with Civil War features, including:
If you would like to voice your thoughts on the proposal to rid the state park system of so many of its Civil War historic sites, please visit the subcommittee's website and just click on the names of the individual members:


Anonymous said...

Thank you for a great series. Not only have I enjoyed these postings, but also I have learned a great deal of history. Ashley

Dale said...

Ashley, You are welcome. It was just material that I had sitting around that I thought readers might enjoy. It was a fascinating period of Florida history.