Monday, November 24, 2008
Significant Florida Civil War Site May Be Closed - Please Speak UP!
The historic earthworks of Fort Ward at San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park played a critical role in defending Tallahassee and St. Marks during the War Between the States.
This fort was one of the objectives of Union troops during the Natural Bridge campaign of 1865 and soldiers and sailors from here helped win the battle that preserved Tallahassee's status as the only Southern capital east of the Mississippi not captured by Federal troops.
Soon, however, this beautiful state park may lose a battle of a different kind. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has included San Marcos de Apalache on a list of state parks facing temporary or permanent closure due to budget constraints.
While I certainly agree that our government should tighten its belt and live within its mean, it seems preposterous to me to believe that closing a few small state parks could have much of an impact on the massive budget of the State of Florida. I'm sure most of us could identify enough savings in one day in Tallahassee to save our state parks for generations to come!
Please join with me and write to Gov. Crist at Charlie.Crist@MyFlorida.com to urge him to save San Marcos de Apalache and Florida's other state parks and historic sites by identifying other ways to cut our state budget. Our ancestors served here to protect our state. We owe it to their memories to now preserve this and other historic sites so that one day our children and grandchildren will still be able to visit and learn about their heritage and the importance of the events that made this state the wonderful place that it is today.