Regarding the attack on Jack's Boathouse......
- We did it! The people have spoken. Below is the email I just received regarding this effort. It is not over, but the forces from the dark side have retreated to their burrows and gone back under their rocks...... The powers that be thought that doing this over the holidays and the off-season would not elicit an outcry from paddlers.
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Jesse B Rauch <mail@...>
Sent: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 11:22 AM
Subject: Update about "National Park Service: Save Jack's Boathouse from Closure!"
This message is from Jesse B Rauch who started the petition "National Park Service: Save Jack's Boathouse from Closure!," which you signed on Change.org.
Greetings and happy holidays,
You did it!
Last night, Jon Jervis, the Director of the National Park Service directed regional staff to "withhold further action" related to terminating the lease held by Jack's Boathouse until he has completed a "thorough review and determined the best course of action."
Mr. Jervis reported receiving "hundreds of emails from citizens concerned with the future of Jack's Boathouse."
You did that.
Until we know that Jack's Boathouse will remain in operation, we need to keep on the National Park Service. We've added a call for an open and transparent review process - and that the public should be involved in the process - to the petition.
As we learn more, we'll share it with you!
Thank you for all of your help - let's keep it going!
--- In Potomac_River_Paddlers@yahoogroups.com, "bcianflone" <bcianflone@...> wrote:
> Folks - As you may heard from the national news, the National Park Service is once again trying to shut down Jack's Boathouse. It tried to do this several years ago as well, because the developers wanted to build a high-end condo and restaurant along the water and make the river off-limits to the public. We held a protest back then that comprised a huge flotilla of boats on the Potomac River, and it got nationwide attention, with the result of the government shelving the idea and the government (i.e., the National Park Service) even admitted that it was hare-brained. And now it has come back, this time during the holidays and the off-season, hoping that no resistance will be given.
> Jack Baxter, who was a DC Police Officer, started Jack's Boats in 1945 as a place where the common man could go out and paddle, and enjoy the People's River; the government, back then, promised him that it would allow the boathouse to remain there as long as it stayed a boathouse. Jack and his followers kept his end of the bargain. The government did not. Now the developers want the land along the river.
> Here is the Facebook page with the online petition that I hope all will sign: