August 5 - 1961: Cape hopes and fears of new National Park

1981: Cape Cod aquarium to close
30,000 square acres to be preserved forever

1961: "Cape Codders' Hopes and Fears Aroused by Coming of U.S. Park"

Signing of bill to authorize National Seashore brings closure to some

On this day in 1961, the bill to create the Cape Cod National Seashore was passed by Congress and headed for President John F. Kennedy's desk to sign into law the federal legislation which he and Senator Saltonstall had authored years before.

The report on page 62 of that Sunday's New York Times began:

WELLFLEET, Mass., Aug. 5 -- Cape Cod residents from the dunes of Provincetown to the quiet streets of Chatham are in agreement about one aspect of the Cape Cod National Seashore bill that will be signed Monday by President Kennedy...

One of the leading proponents of the National Seashore idea has been Malcolm Hobbs,  publisher of The Cape Codder a weekly newspaper published in Orleans, who said, "Without this National Seashore the Cape would overdevelop.  We want to avoid the sort of thing that happened along the New Jersey shore.  We want to make sure that the natural beauty which brought people to the Cape in the first place would continue to exist. Now it will"... 

See the rest below...


1981: Cape Cod aquarium loses federal funds and will be closed

On this day in 1981 it was announced that the Northeast Fisheries Center Aquarium, one of Cape Cod's major tourist attractions, is to close to the public Sept. 12. The National Marine Fisheries Service, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and operates the aquarium, moved to close it two years ago. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on