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Title: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: SHANEA on April 29, 2011, 12:07:07 PM
http://www.nps.gov/bibe/parknews/boquillasea.htm (http://www.nps.gov/bibe/parknews/boquillasea.htm)

Yea, related to the other thread, but thought it should stand on it's own...
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?projectID=31941 (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?projectID=31941)

Assessment won't be posted until May 4th.

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The 30-day review and comment period starts May 4, and continues through June 2, 2011. To see the Environmental Assessment, visit the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/bibe during the comment period.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Undertaker on April 29, 2011, 03:25:27 PM
Just hope after the review, federal review, border crossing requirements as well as safety regulations life jackets on boat etc I can still get a cervesa in Jose Falcon's for under 10 bucks US. LOL
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: homerboy2u on April 29, 2011, 03:52:01 PM
10 Bucks?...for a single Cerveza?.... :icon_eek:. For that kind of cash you can get a full case of Tecate and some FREE lemons to go along.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: jeffblaylock on April 29, 2011, 04:26:19 PM
Guess that will depend on how well the dollar is trading versus the peso. :icon_eek:

The EA's release and comment period are another step closer to our returning to Boquillas.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Al on April 30, 2011, 12:25:37 AM
There's not a lot of info. 

"This Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates two alternatives and the potential environmental impacts of each: 1) Alternative A, the No Action Alternative; 2) Alternative B, Construction and Operation of a Visitor Contact Station. Alternative A describes the current condition of the project area and the environmental impacts that may occur if there were no changes in the way the park currently manages the area. Alternative B describes construction and operation of a new visitor contact station and establishment of a Class B (remote, automated) port of entry. Alternative B is the preferred alternative."


What's pretty amazing considering it's the Federal Government and under NEPA: Construction will start in July. That's incredible in the grand government scheme of things!  A very good thing.

A remote automated port of entry is probably the best we can expect in terms of minimizing reduction in local ambiance.  Wonder where it will be and if there will be fencing funneling us to the eroded path and oft changing trail to the Rio Grande.

Al
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Undertaker on April 30, 2011, 09:40:09 AM
Long as I can hit Falcon's if it is still there, works for me.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: jeffblaylock on May 05, 2011, 12:08:29 PM
The EA statement is now online (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=29&projectID=31941&documentID=40717), and the comment period is open. I encourage all BBC members to participate* in the comment process.

Of particular note, the park considered a temporary and immediate reopening of the border crossing but ultimately dismissed it:

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A means by which to immediately open the border at Boquillas was evaluated. The potential to station a CBP ranger at the Boquillas crossing site during daylight hours during construction of the proposed project was dismissed for safety and security reasons. The operation of the preferred alternative would include installing 24-hour surveillance cameras as part of construction activities. The opening of the border without such surveillance in place could be a safety and security concern. Additionally, the inability to scan documents, access DHS databases, and perform other requirements associated with international crossings prevents the immediate opening of the area.

*You're welcome to modify my comment, if you'd prefer not to start with a blank screen:

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I am thrilled to see this proposal moving forward, as it is long overdue. The benefits of reopening this historic, informal crossing are well documented, and there is no security risk to the region or our Nation from this action. The presence of park personnel will ensure that visitors are properly informed of border-crossing requirements, and the proposed welcome center will (1) provide visitors with a significantly greater appreciation of decades of shared experiences across the border and (2) house the equipment necessary to support legal entry into the U.S. I applaud the Administration's decision to designate the Boquillas Crossing as a Class B port of entry, and I look forward to once again enjoying the hospitality of the people of Boquillas.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: catz on May 05, 2011, 04:22:29 PM
I sent my comments in, strongly supporting the (re)opening of the border.  It never should have been closed in the first place, but at least progress seems to be being made now.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: badknees on May 05, 2011, 06:29:43 PM
While I have no objection to opening the crossing again, I find it annoying that it has to be a construction project. What was wrong with it the way it was prior to closure? I suspect they'll probably add some stupid stuff like they have in the other visitor centers and have all kinds of signs so John Q. Tourist and his complaining wife can find their way to the bathroom.
Moderator Note: Are you talking to me?

Progress in the form of this project doesn't improve MY visitor experience, contrary to what the slanted proposal says.

NPS vision of how things should be is not always compatible with mine.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: chisos_muse on May 05, 2011, 06:35:37 PM
While I have no objection to opening the crossing again, I find it annoying that it has to be a construction project. What was wrong with it the way it was prior to closure? I suspect they'll probably add some stupid stuff like they have in the other visitor centers and have all kinds of signs so John Q. Tourist and his complaining wife can find their way to the bathroom.

Progress in the form of this project doesn't improve MY visitor experience, contrary to what the slanted proposal says.

NPS vision of how things should be is not always compatible with mine.

I was waiting for someone to "channel" presidio!  :icon_lol:
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Al on May 05, 2011, 09:01:41 PM
While I have no objection to opening the crossing again, I find it annoying that it has to be a construction project. What was wrong with it the way it was prior to closure? I suspect they'll probably add some stupid stuff like they have in the other visitor centers and have all kinds of signs so John Q. Tourist and his complaining wife can find their way to the bathroom.

Progress in the form of this project doesn't improve MY visitor experience, contrary to what the slanted proposal says.

NPS vision of how things should be is not always compatible with mine.

I'm more with BK on this than not.  I guess the good news is it's on a fast track and given the time frame and deadlines hopefully they can't do too much damage to the crossing and the incredibly unique and wonderful experience it has been for so many years.  I'm not aware of anything like it in a national park. ?

All
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Vince T on May 06, 2011, 12:50:43 PM
That report was very interesting to read.  I too, wish that it could just go back to the way it was, but I do understand that things change and a crossing in the new environment is still better than no crossing at all.

I found the BBNP visitor graph interesting.  No wonder I prefer to go in June and July!
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: jeffblaylock on May 06, 2011, 12:53:53 PM
Count me in the group who would prefer it the way it was, but I definitely prefer the visitor center to the way it is now.

BTW, there is precedent for this kind of border crossing in a national park. There's a similar station in Glacier NP along a popular boating/hiking area.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: badknees on May 06, 2011, 07:56:53 PM
While I have no objection to opening the crossing again, I find it annoying that it has to be a construction project. What was wrong with it the way it was prior to closure? I suspect they'll probably add some stupid stuff like they have in the other visitor centers and have all kinds of signs so John Q. Tourist and his complaining wife can find their way to the bathroom.

Progress in the form of this project doesn't improve MY visitor experience, contrary to what the slanted proposal says.

NPS vision of how things should be is not always compatible with mine.

I was waiting for someone to "channel" presidio!  :icon_lol:

I was feeling somewhat rebellious, but I'm a cream puff next to presidio
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: chisos_muse on May 06, 2011, 10:14:13 PM


I was feeling somewhat rebellious, but I'm a cream puff next to presidio

Different levels of rebel.... :icon_wink:

I can't really comment on the project because I don't open those long winded NPS documents anymore.  :willynilly:
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Jim on May 08, 2011, 07:56:46 AM
Latest word I heard from the park was that the construction was to be completed by the end of March 2012.  That's lightning speed for a government project!
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: SHANEA on May 08, 2011, 03:00:46 PM
A lot of hard work  :eusa_clap: and I mean a lot of hard work went into putting this document together and dotting all the T's and crossing all the I's...  :icon_wink: and also a lot of behind the scenes politics with multiple government agencies involved and also calming fears that the Taliban and Al Quaida and Osama Bin Laden are not going to be behind every creosote bush or cacti...  The artist graphic renderings are very good.  This is a very positive thing.  In reading the document, I didn't see any provisions for high speed internet access for DHS CBP?  I suppose they will probably use satellite communications?  Let's get er done. 
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Jim on May 08, 2011, 04:29:22 PM
In reading the document, I didn't see any provisions for high speed internet access for DHS CBP?  I suppose they will probably use satellite communications?

I was told they are laying T1 lines to the facility.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: iCe on May 10, 2011, 08:02:28 AM
A lot of hard work  :eusa_clap: and I mean a lot of hard work went into putting this document together and dotting all the T's and crossing all the I's...  :icon_wink: and also a lot of behind the scenes politics with multiple government agencies involved and also calming fears that the Taliban and Al Quaida and Osama Bin Laden are not going to be behind every creosote bush or cacti...  The artist graphic renderings are very good.  This is a very positive thing.  In reading the document, I didn't see any provisions for high speed internet access for DHS CBP?  I suppose they will probably use satellite communications?  Let's get er done.

I'm thinking Osama won't be making that trip...

Awesome news... I hope they open the crossing up
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Undertaker on May 10, 2011, 08:19:44 AM
Breaking news Osama still dead will not make opening, open the way it was, with gov involved this will be a pain in the A. Yes sir prior to boarding the air conditioned jet boat, there will be a lifeboat drill, present all documents and in event of sudden loss of cabin pressure an oxygen mask will fall. All I want to cross the border and have a cold one and visit.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Undertaker on May 10, 2011, 02:31:10 PM
Excellent idea Quicksilver, will most likely be cheaper in the long run.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: SHANEA on October 15, 2011, 08:20:23 PM
Interior secretary to break ground at Boquillas crossing (http://bigbendnow.com/2011/10/interior-secretary-to-break-ground-at-boquillas-crossing/)
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Al on October 15, 2011, 08:56:58 PM
That means it is dead solid certain to the extent we can trust the government.  Good news!

Al
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: homerboy2u on October 15, 2011, 10:17:11 PM
A couple of things that come to mind about the reopening in Boquillas del Carmen:

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It’s also close to and will provide access to the companion parks and preserves in Mexico, the Maderas del Carmen and Cañon de Santa Elena flora and fauna protected areas in Chihuahua and Coahuila states.

 Although, traditionally the crossing was done by small boats...or lanchas, as locals have call it. There is no way to cross "legally" by vehicle in to Mexico. So planing to go to SDC or MDC via own vehicle will have to be rearranged by local means....like before.

 
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Coupled with the national park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, and the Sierra del Carmen research-only private biological preserve owned by Cemex – the Mexican global cement firm – the combined area is one of the largest protected biospheres on earth.

 Although this pristine very exclusive piece of land, is not part of the International Park initiative, MDC will still be off limits for tourism, for the time beign. Until Cemex (unfortunately not doing very well on the stock market) considers it other wise... :icon_frown:

  We still have a foot on the back door....FYI..... :icon_twisted:
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Al on October 15, 2011, 10:51:56 PM
A couple of things that come to mind about the reopening in Boquillas del Carmen:

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It’s also close to and will provide access to the companion parks and preserves in Mexico, the Maderas del Carmen and Cañon de Santa Elena flora and fauna protected areas in Chihuahua and Coahuila states.

 Although, traditionally the crossing was done by small boats...or lanchas, as locals have call it. There is no way to cross "legally" by vehicle in to Mexico. So planing to go to SDC or MDC via own vehicle will have to be rearranged by local means....like before.

 
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Coupled with the national park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, and the Sierra del Carmen research-only private biological preserve owned by Cemex – the Mexican global cement firm – the combined area is one of the largest protected biospheres on earth.

 Although this pristine very exclusive piece of land, is not part of the International Park initiative, MDC will still be off limits for tourism, for the time beign. Until Cemex (unfortunately not doing very well on the stock market) considers it other wise... :icon_frown:

  We still have a foot on the back door....FYI..... :icon_twisted:

Homero, I noticed the truth was being stretched too, BUT I have come to expect it thus my comment on the government.  It's sad but true that politicians and their minions feel the need to mislead.  Regardless of how they mislead in trying to justify the reopening, the GREAT news is the crossing is being reopened and the benefit it will provide to the economy of Boquillas. 

As far as access to the back country, yes it will require outfitters to provide a means of transportation as it did before, but that too will benefit the local economy.  I hope it doesn't end up changing much from the way is was before the border was closed but that may be just me. 

Access from Eagle Pass was and still is an option: one that you have shared with us and one which I hope can be safely used too!

Al
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: RichardM on October 24, 2011, 09:38:57 AM
Some national publicity:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203911804576649164117380584.html

Best quote:
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Now residents on the U.S. side are hoping the renewed access will restore commercial and personal ties. Greg Henington, who owns the Far Flung Outdoor Center in Terlingua, said he might start tours to Boquillas so his clients can have a beer and experience rural Mexico.

"A border is not fences or lines of demarcation," he said. "People ebb and flow."
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Jim on October 28, 2011, 03:16:26 PM
There was a nice ceremony Monday, October 24th, down at RGV about the progress for Cooperative Conservation between Mexico and the US.  It also included the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new port of entry building (golden shovels and all - maybe these are shovel ready jobs).  Already built is a very nice shaded waiting area along the river; once the crossing site to and from Boquillas is operational, the boats will carry visitors from this place.

Title: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Casa Grande on October 28, 2011, 09:30:08 PM
Very good...Thanks for the info Jim :)
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: BorderDog on November 04, 2011, 07:54:35 AM
Here's the proposed rule changes to the CFR that would allow this to legally happen

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-28/html/2011-27792.htm (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-28/html/2011-27792.htm)
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Homer67 on December 11, 2011, 03:34:05 PM
There is an article today on yahoo about the crossing...wow, some of the comments really show the ignorance and political prejudice of some people!

Anyway, I hope articles such as this do not prevent the crossing from being built.

Homer
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Al on December 11, 2011, 04:46:46 PM
It's the headline link on Drudge right now.  Sounds like Border Patrol is standing firm on it though.

Al
Title: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Casa Grande on December 11, 2011, 05:59:08 PM
I like what Wellman said:

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"People that want to be engaged in illegal activities along the border, ones that are engaged in those activities now, they're still going to do it," said William Wellman, Big Bend National Park's superintendent. "But you'd have to be a real idiot to pick the only place with security in 300 miles of the border to try to sneak across."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/11/us-proposes-unmanned-border-entry-with-mexico/#ixzz1gH1lK7W4
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Flash on December 11, 2011, 06:24:23 PM
Looks like everyone is running the story this evening...

http://www.chron.com/news/article/US-to-leave-Mexican-border-crossing-to-rangers-2395620.php

Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on December 11, 2011, 06:46:42 PM
Yeah, once it hits the AP, news centers around the country will run with it.  Hopefully a bunch of people completely uneducated on the situation don't get it shut down.  Luckily they are well underway on the crossing.
Title: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Casa Grande on December 11, 2011, 06:59:31 PM
Let's hope this doesn't become a political football.  It prolly will though.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Raoul Duke on December 12, 2011, 11:45:28 AM
Why all the hype now?  I thought this issue was already decided and it was pretty much a done deal, what with the ceremony back in October.

It definitely is scary to see all the comments being posted in response to the Fox story.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: homerboy2u on December 12, 2011, 12:28:51 PM
Do not worry...the deal is done...hands WILL be shaken....great friendships will be rekindle.....relati ves and friends will be re-visited.  All is well, it is just the political clowns trying to stir up the pot. The date is set, I WILL see you there.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: fartymarty on December 12, 2011, 04:56:26 PM
It definitely is scary to see all the comments being posted in response to the Fox story.

it is just the political clowns trying to stir up the pot.

I agree.

I still think that they should have opened it up manned by U.S. Customs personnel. This
would have severely cut the sensational headline factor and the uneducated outrage comments.
I understand the cost savings they are trying to achieve, but compared to ...well I'll stop there or it will get
political. They could have unmanned it after a few months or a year with fewer headlines and most likely fresh
data at hand to back up their decision.
I'm just happy that they are opening it up and I hope they will do what's necessary to keep it that way, regardless of
any political or financial pressures that may develop.  :crossedfingers:
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Jim on December 12, 2011, 05:44:42 PM
The building will be manned by NPS personnel in case something "unusual" happens.  It's just the re-entry/passport validation part that will be handled remotely.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Al on December 12, 2011, 11:51:27 PM
Thank you Jimbob for bringing this to our attention.  A rule change is required and proposed NOT final.  Probably why there is all the flack now. 

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-28/pdf/2011-27792.pdf (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-28/pdf/2011-27792.pdf)

Please provide comments before December 27, 2011 and spread this FR notice around to all who are interested!

Al
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Homer67 on December 13, 2011, 01:10:07 PM
Man, I cannot wait to check out the Del Carmens!  Or get a brew and some food in boquillas!
Title: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Casa Grande on December 13, 2011, 01:18:59 PM
Man, I cannot wait to check out the Del Carmens!  Or get a brew and some food in boquillas!

Here here!
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Raoul Duke on December 13, 2011, 05:22:12 PM
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-28/pdf/2011-27792.pdf (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-28/pdf/2011-27792.pdf)
Please provide comments before December 27, 2011 and spread this FR notice around to all who are interested!

Thanks for posting that link.  Here is the link to the site where you can make comments:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;dct=FR%252BPR%252BN%252BO%252BSR;rpp=10;po=0;D=USCBP-2011-0032 (http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;dct=FR%252BPR%252BN%252BO%252BSR;rpp=10;po=0;D=USCBP-2011-0032)

So far the comments are about 2 to 1 in favor of opening the crossing.  Let's keep up the momentum.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Vince T on December 15, 2011, 03:04:24 PM
Do not worry...the deal is done...hands WILL be shaken....great friendships will be rekindle.....relati ves and friends will be re-visited.  All is well, it is just the political clowns trying to stir up the pot. The date is set, I WILL see you there.

Sounds good Homero. 
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Al on December 15, 2011, 11:34:18 PM
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-28/pdf/2011-27792.pdf (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-28/pdf/2011-27792.pdf)
Please provide comments before December 27, 2011 and spread this FR notice around to all who are interested!

Thanks for posting that link.  Here is the link to the site where you can make comments:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;dct=FR%252BPR%252BN%252BO%252BSR;rpp=10;po=0;D=USCBP-2011-0032 (http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;dct=FR%252BPR%252BN%252BO%252BSR;rpp=10;po=0;D=USCBP-2011-0032)

So far the comments are about 2 to 1 in favor of opening the crossing.  Let's keep up the momentum.

In my very limited experience, the more substantive comments will most likely be posted near the close of the December 27, 2011 deadline.  It could be a good idea to hold back and post your comment(s) to also take into account these comments.  Late comments  may  allow you to be more substantive in your support of the reopening of the Boquillas crossing. Just a thought.

Al
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Al on December 23, 2011, 09:37:36 PM
Here's a comment from Jose Cisneros, a former Park Superintendent:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCBP-2011-0032-0032 (http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCBP-2011-0032-0032)

Probably getting to be a good time to comment.   Dec. 27th deadline.  Here's one from Rawles Williams:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCBP-2011-0032-0037 (http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCBP-2011-0032-0037)

Al
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: catz on December 24, 2011, 11:28:09 AM
Wow.  Mr. Cisnero's comments are really surprising.  Why would stationing guards at this point encourage drug smugglers?  It's not like this place is exactly secret.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: fartymarty on December 24, 2011, 12:07:52 PM
Wow.  Mr. Cisnero's comments are really surprising.  Why would stationing guards at this point encourage drug smugglers?  It's not like this place is exactly secret.

That is surprising. However, after reading this (http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/bibe/adhi/adhi18.htm) , it makes me highly doubtful that it was really him.
When I made my comment I could have used anyone's name, there was no verifying system in place.
I could have said I was Winston Churchhill and that I thought it was a very terrible yet delightfully wonderful idea.
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Flash on December 24, 2011, 01:39:55 PM
I couldn't figure out how to read other people's comments...  :eusa_doh:
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Al on December 24, 2011, 03:50:39 PM
Wow.  Mr. Cisnero's comments are really surprising.  Why would stationing guards at this point encourage drug smugglers?  It's not like this place is exactly secret.

That is surprising. However, after reading this (http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/bibe/adhi/adhi18.htm) , it makes me highly doubtful that it was really him.
When I made my comment I could have used anyone's name, there was no verifying system in place.
I could have said I was Winston Churchhill and that I thought it was a very terrible yet delightfully wonderful idea.

FM, you could be right but I also think it is unlikely that someone would impersonate him in such a public and important forum.  Rawles took it seriously.  Rawles among many other things was our guide to the del Carmens and Maderas back in the 1990s.

Al
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Al on December 24, 2011, 03:51:53 PM
I couldn't figure out how to read other people's comments...  :eusa_doh:

Flash, here's the easy way:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;rpp=50;po=0;D=USCBP-2011-0032 (http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;rpp=50;po=0;D=USCBP-2011-0032)

Al
Title: Re: Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil
Post by: Al on December 27, 2011, 05:30:01 PM
Last chance today.  I just submitted my comment(s).  Apparently it takes a while to appear.  Deadline 11 pm Central Time.

Al