Open the parks

 

I nearly fell off my chair when I read that Biscayne National Park is closed due to the government shutdown — it’s water, for Pete’s sake. To tell boaters that they can’t anchor off Elliott Key and jump in for a swim is absurd.

I’m a huge advocate of national parks, have vacationed in many of them for years, and I understand fully the need for environmental protection. However, if you want to protect coral reefs or fish, you don’t need a national park. You can simply have a law that states it is illegal to destroy coral reefs within a certain number of miles from the coastline and the state can regulate fishing.

Why do we even need Biscayne National Park? The bay looks exactly the same now as it did before the park except it lacks many of the picturesque stilt houses. This latest move is just spiteful.

Susan Kahn, Coral Gables

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