2009-06-19 / Letters

Metal Detectors On Beaches

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank Mr. Howard Schwach for the fine article that appeared in "The Wave" on June 12. I would also like to add a few details.

Metal detecting is allowed in State Park Beaches with permit. These activities were going on many years before Gateway took over, and should have been allowed to continue. Articles have to be at least 50 years old to have any archaeological value and coins are allowed to be taken.

Mr. Feeney said in the article "nothing should be removed from a National Park." Mr. Feeney, what does the beach cleaning machine do? It sifts sand approximately 2 inches deep removing mostly everything; the material collected is then carted away. What do you call that? The only thing that I and other beachcombers take is coins.

These nonsense rules apply to National Parks INLAND not SANDY BEACHES. The park service had no specific rules for sandy beaches so they took them from inland parks and Native American reserves.

I am asking for help from Congressman Anthony Weiner and parks superintendent Pete McCarthy and anyone else who can help me.

Anyone who wants to use a metal detector on Gateway's beaches should contact these people.


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