Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission Announces Availability of the Preliminary Alternatives Public Comment Report
The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission has compiled all public comments received about the Preliminary Alternatives released to the public in September. The comments are available on the National Park Service Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website, which can be accessed at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/guge. The document is titled “Preliminary Alternatives Public Comment Report.”
Following the Commission’s distribution of 1,600 copies of its preliminary alternatives newsletter across the four-state Corridor, members of the public and stakeholders commented on the preliminary alternatives over the course of more than a month. The public comment period closed on October 26.
“The Commission clearly heard the voice and sentiment of the public and stakeholders,” said Chairman Emory S. Campbell. “The public was largely in favor of the Preferred Alternative being a combination of Preliminary Alternatives B and C.” Alternative A was the No-Action Alternative, Alternative B involved archiving the history and significance of the culture, and Alternative C entailed enhancing economic opportunities, protecting natural resources, and preserving traditional skills.
“The over-arching concept of the developing new Preferred Alternative will be to ‘Enlighten and Empower Gullah/Geechee People to Sustain the Culture,’” Campbell said. “Much work remains to be done to fine-tune the strategies to be included in the Preferred Alternative and to develop the implementation plan required in the Corridor’s designating law. This course of action will best meet the requirements of the law as well as the vision, mission, purpose, and goals of the Corridor.”
Campbell said the Commission will continue to reach out to partners in a strategic manner in the coming months to build the critical relationships needed to implement the management plan. He said the commissioners in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina appreciate the feedback received from the public and stakeholders about the preliminary alternatives, at the 21 public meetings held in 2009, and at the partner meetings held in all four states during the spring of 2010.
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