November 13 - 1988: A Cape Cod Commission planned

1999: Drawing up plans for the National Marine Life Center
A quarter-century later the commission is still controversial

1988: Panel to control Cape Cod's development gains backing

On this day in 1988, the New York Times reported on the progress made towards what is today's Cape Cod Commission.

Just as all other bureaucracies do, it grew and grew until today there are movement to get rid of it.

The story on this day began:

Cape Cod may soon get what environmentalists have been working for all year: a commission to control all development that would affect the cape's environment or endanger its water supplies and coastline.

The prospects for quick action on a commission brightened Wednesday as Gov. Michael S. Dukakis said his administration would push for introduction of legislation next month, before the 1988 Legislative session ends.

Susan Nickerson, executive director of the Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod, the environmental coalition that led the fight to control development, said today that the group's first priority was creation of a commission. Stated Goal Is to Direct Growth

''Our effort is not to stop growth,'' Ms. Nickerson said. ''We want to direct it in a way that maintains the quality of life on the Cape.''

Read the full story here.

1999: Plans formulated to build an National Marine Center here

On this day in 1999, the long-planned National Marine Life Center at the old Grossman's Lumber Complex on Main Street in Buzzards Bay took a step closer to reality with the announcement that center trustees and directors will begin working on a design and construction plans with a Boston architectural firm. The $5 million project will serve as a rehabilitation hospital for stranded whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles.

The NMLC was invited by Bourne selectmen and the town's Economic Development Task Force to use the four-acre site, with land donated by Mobil Oil Corporation, at a lease payment of $1 annually for 50 years.

The Army Corps of Engineers agreed for the center to use two adjacent acres bordering the Cape Cod Canal to provide a dependable source of sea water for the facility's animal life support systems.

Read about "Everything Else Which Happened Today" including in 1789 when Ben Franklin wrote "Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes" here.

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