The Monmouth County Friends of Clearwater (MCFC) have joined a suit to block the National Park Service from leasing historic buildings at Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook to a private developer. The suit names the U. S. Dept. of Interior, the National Park Service, NPS Regional Director Marie Rust, Sandy Hook Partners, Wassel Realty Group & the N. J. Dept. of Environmental Protection as defendants.
The Piping Plover is one of the most sensitive beach-nesting birds in New Jersey and can be found in protected areas of Sandy Hook. This species has suffered greatly due to overdevelopment and human populations. The ASBURY PARK PRESS July 19, 2005 edition noted that the number of nesting plover pairs on Sandy Hook in 2005 was only 22 the lowest since 1991. Other birds that could be spotted at Sandy Hook include the state endangered black-crowned night heron, pied-bill grebe, wood ducks, American wigeons, common yellowthroats and various swallows. The last thing that the State of New Jersey needs is leasing government property to a private developer.