Responding To A. Agramonte
This letter is in response to A. Agramonte's October 31 letter, "What Will Happen to Fort Tilden?" He writes that last summer's Sunday concerts at the Fort were "summarily cancelled by the NPS without any rational reason …" If he was referring to the Rockaway Music & Arts Summer Picnic Concert Series, please note that it was not NPS that cancelled the concerts. It was RMAC's decision to cancel due to a conflict of where the concerts were to be held. Gateway wanted them at Riis Park and RMAC wanted them at Fort Tilden where they had been held since their inception more than 20 years ago.
After many unsuccessful meetings with NPS, RMAC reached a point intime where contracting for performers had run out and we were forced to cancel all of the concerts. We are hopeful that our Summer Picnic Concert Series will, once again, be presented at the Fort Tilden venue for 2009.
STEPHEN S. YAEGER