National Parks Ask Congress for Over $400 Million for Hurricane Sandy RepairBy Rocky Thompson on December 21st, 2012
The National Park Service is asking the Feds to give them over $400 million to cover damage to the parks affected by Sandy. The first $348 million would go to immediate reconstruction and recovery needs, then the next $50 million would go to paying for rehabbing damaged historic properties like Ellis Island. Then, on top of that, they’re asking for an extra $150 million to shore up against future storms. A breakdown of what exactly the money would be used for is not available, leading some to believe that this is an overblown request, more of a starting point on negotiations. For this kind of cash, we could build a sweet new Statue of Liberty. And if the feds call the NPS’s bluff, maybe they could kick it up a notch and try to sell Ellis Island to a real estate developer.