Legislation would ensure residents have a voice in Cape Cod National Seashore decisions
Washington (June 17, 2021) – Today, Massachusetts Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) reintroduced legislation to reauthorize the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission until 2029. The Advisory Commission expired under current law on September 26, 2018. 
The Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission allows the six towns within the Seashore’s boundary, Barnstable County, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to provide citizen input to the Secretary of the Interior about matters related to the development and operation of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Once reauthorized, the Advisory Council would again be empowered to provide critical citizen input on important management issues, such as the use of personal watercraft, sea level rise, and the issuance permits for commercial use of property in the Seashore.
“The Cape Cod National Seashore is a special and irreplaceable natural treasure that inspires the millions of visitors it welcomes every year,” said Senator Markey. “I will continue fighting in the Senate to reauthorize the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission and ensure that our local communities have seats at the decision-making table.”
“The Cape Cod National Seashore is one of the most beautiful and cherished natural wonders in the United States,” said Senator Warren. “This legislation will help keep it pristine for generations to come.”
A copy of the legislation can be found HERE.
The Cape Cod National Seashore was established on August 7, 1961 “to preserve the natural and historic values of a portion of Cape Cod for the inspiration and enjoyment of people all over the United States.” Last year—during the height of the coronavirus pandemic—the Cape National Seashore provided beauty, recreation, and inspiration to more than 4.1 million visitors.