CHAPTER 4 - CESSION OF LANDS TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

AN ACT TO CEDE CERTAIN LANDS TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

WHEREAS, by Chapter 449 of Volume 18, Laws of Delaware, the State of Delaware, by an Act of the General Assembly, ceded to and granted jurisdiction over to the United States of America of a quantity of land belonging to the State of Delaware not exceeding fifteen hundred (1500) feet front and twelve hundred (1200) feet deep from low water mark situate and lying on the Delaware Bay, between the United States Government Iron Pier and the point of Cape Henlopen; and

WHEREAS, by Chapter 1, Volume 42, Laws of Delaware, fee simple title of the State of Delaware to the said land was reasserted due to abandonment thereof by the United States of America by failure to maintain a quarantine station thereon, and with the consent of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, the United States of America now desires title to the said above described land for purpose of National Defense, and the State of Delaware being willing to cede said land for such purpose; Now Therefore

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That the State of Delaware does hereby cede to and vest in the United States of America in perpetuity all its claim, title and right of soil and jurisdiction into or over all that quantity of land belonging to the said State of Delaware not exceeding fifteen hundred (1500) feet front and twelve hundred (1200) feet deep from low water mark situate and lying on the Delaware Bay, at or near Lewes, Sussex County, Delaware, between the United States Government Iron Pier and the Point of Cape Henlopen;

Provided, that the sovereignty and jurisdiction of this State shall extend over the land hereby ceded to the United States so far as that all civil and criminal process issued under any laws of this State may be executed in any part of said lands and the buildings or structures thereon erected.

Section 2. That the above session* of land and jurisdiction is made upon the express condition that said land shall be used for National Defense purposes or for quarantine station or other governmental purposes by the United States.

Approved May 5, 1941.

*So enrolled