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South Jersey

June 27, 1998

Where's DRPA?

Re: 'Bayonne, battleship; Imperfect together,' (column, 6/22).

'Imperfect together' seems to be the most appropriate slogan I have heard on the subject.

The idea that that location can compete with the downtown New York City location of the USS Intrepid Naval Museum is, at best, far-fetched! When compared with what is offered and already largely prepared at the Camden Waterfront area, the Bayonne location is further away from ideal than I had ever suspected.

The C-P's trip certainly points that out. Now it is time for some of the foot-draggers in South Jersey to stand up and be counted. Foremost in that category is the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA). If the subject was brought up at its recent commissioners' meeting, it was not reported.

The DRPA should recognize the fact that even if it gave only verbal support to the placement of the USS New Jersey on the Camden side of the river, including that in its publicity releases would help immeasurably.

Financial support would be even more important. On a regular basis, the authority announces all sorts of money being given to such programs as Nipper, the aerial tram, the shipyard and dozens of other programs to help develop the Port of Camden-Philadelphia.

Isn't the battleship museum at least equal in importance? Camden is more in need of a project like this than any other that has been mentioned in a long time that would benefit the city. If nothing is done toward this goal, then that is exactly what the city and area will gain: Nothing!

Let us not forget that the Battleship Commission is a North Jersey venture in its mind. It has dominated the Legislature in Trenton in making it sound like theirs is the only solution - Bayonne - and that it is nonnegotiable, as quoted by the four-stripe captain (now retired) in command.

Speak up, South Jersey. Time is of the essence.

D.J. DORFLINGER SR.
Berlin



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