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Life’s a (Carribean) Beach for John Adler…and YOU Get to Pay for It!

January 30, 2010

Surf's Up! John Adler

From an NRCC News Release:

As if anyone needed more proof that John Adler just doesn’t get it, the New Jersey Democrat just voted to let the government spend almost $50 million on beachfront property in the Virgin Islands. To make matters worse, the government agency in charge of maintaining the land still doesn’t know if it wants to:

“The National Park Service hasn’t yet decided whether it wants beachfront land in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a new national historic site, but House Democrats for the second time in two weeks will try to push the Park Service to do it, at a potential eventual cost in the tens of millions of dollars.

“Republicans said the site can wait until after the Park Service finishes a study it’s in the middle of — and which Congress itself mandated several years ago at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars — to determine if it’s worthwhile.

“That’s what the Park Service wants, too…” (Stephen Dinan, “Virgin Islands Land Eyed for Historic Site,” Washington Times, 1/25/10)

The Washington Times Story notes that:

The Congressional Budget Office said to acquire the land and begin to put a management plan in place would cost $26 million over the next five years, and total land acquisition could take 10 years and cost about $45 million.

Managing the site would cost about $1 million a year.

You can read the text of the resolution here, and see the roll call which includes Adler’s “Yea” vote here.

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