CHAPTER 410

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION

RELATING TO THE RETURN TO THE STATE OF FORT MILES AT CAPE HENLOPEN.

WHEREAS, major segments of the area of Sussex County known as Cape Henlopen (Fort Miles), Delaware, were willingly ceded by the State to the Federal government in a time of need for national defense for a quarantine station, and for Coast Guard purposes; and

WHEREAS, The Federal government no longer has need for the property for the purposes for which the State of Delaware made the cession; and

WHEREAS, there have been several reports prepared by Federal and State Agencies which recognized the importance and suitability of the Cape Henlopen area for State Park development; and

WHEREAS, the Delaware State Planning Office has prepared a "Plan for the Public Utilization of Cape Henlopen" upon the request of the United States Army which supports the desirability of the area as a State Park; and

WHEREAS, the State of Delaware has need of Cape Henlopen as a State Park; and

WHEREAS, the State of Delaware is the logical government which has the knowledge, experience, and authority to develop the Cape Henlopen area as a unit for public use in response to the needs of the people of Delaware; and

WHEREAS, the Federal government is encouraging the States to plan, acquire, and develop State Parks, NOW, THEREFORE,

concurring therein, that the President of the United States, the Congress of the United States and the U. S. Army take such action as may be necessary to return to the State of Delaware the lands ceded to the United States at Cape Henlopen and its vicinity; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the attention of the President of the United States, the Congress of the United States and the U. S. Army be called to this attempt by the people of Delaware to re-obtain the lands which have been theirs for centuries for use as a State Park; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution be sent to the Delaware members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the 88th Congress and to the Secretary of the U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that House Joint Resolution No. 4 be repealed.

Approved September 17, 1963.