2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 09:47:09 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] FUDS: Ft. Slocum, David's Island (NY) - "ahead of schedule"
Ft. Slocum a memory as cleanup nears end

Aman Ali
Lower Hudson Journal News (NY)
December 29, 2008

NEW ROCHELLE - A quick boat ride across Long Island Sound leads to Davids Island, the home of Fort Slocum, a former military base from the Civil War until the 1960s. In the decades since, the uninhabited island possessed a ghost-like quality chock-full of military history.

"We used to call that place 'paradise 8 feet above sea level,' " said Michael Cavanaugh, a Los Angeles resident who grew up on the island. "Many people I've talked to who used to live there wish they could go back and relive their memories there."

But now that won't be possible. The Army Corps of Engineers is close to finishing the entire cleanup of the island, leaving little to no physical remnants of the historic military base.

Spearheaded by Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, in 2004, the city requested that the Corps of Engineers demolish the military base because it could not afford the costly alternative of preserving it. The Corps of Engineers began the cleanup in 2005 and will be finished next month, almost four years ahead of schedule.


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