Letter: “Protect an Important Legacy”
July 27, 2018 –
In reference to your editorial in last week’s Enterprise, it is hard to understand why anyone who works, lives or visits Cape Cod could actually oppose protecting the heart of our region—Nantucket Sound.
Nantucket Sound needs to be protected from future industrialization. While a three-mile ring extending from the shorelines of the Cape and islands is protected under state law, nothing is barring federal leasing of the vast center of the sound.
We need to be certain that Nantucket Sound’s traditional uses are preserved; boating, fishing and enjoying the natural beauty of a historic maritime treasure that is also crucial to the culture and history of Massachusetts Native Americans. In addition, heightened recognition of the sound as a national historic landmark would promote tourism and further enhance our region’s economy.
A coalition of environmental, maritime, fishing, business and political leaders are coming together to ensure Nantucket Sound has the kinds of protections that will keep it pristine, protect its wildlife, and allow traditional—not industrial—uses to continue for generations to come. It is hard to think of any reason not to support such an important legacy.
Barbara Durkin, Northboro
Reprinted via The Enterprise, which is not affiliated with the Alliance.