ARROYO CITY, Texas (AP) — A park along the Texas border that is managed and maintained by local taxpayer dollars is nonetheless closed during the federal government shutdown.http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Locally-run-Texas-park-closed-by-federal-shutdown-4874109.php
Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park was closed this past week because it sits on the federally owned Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. But the park is operated by Cameron County and stayed open during the last government shutdown in 1995.
The Monitor in McAllen (http://bit.ly/1huO8fh ) reported Sunday that County Commissioner David Garza said no federal money is spent on staffing, managing or maintaining the park. However, he was reluctant to question the federal authorities' decision.
"We don't want to get into a fight with the federal government at this time," he said...
Boyd Blihovde, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's refuge manager at Laguna Atascosa, said he shuttered the park "following national policy."
Blihovde did not explain to The Monitor why there was a reason to close the park as a result of the shutdown if no federal money is spent on the site.
Now you may be asking yourself why these Texan authorities are so willing to surrender to Federal authority even though the park receives no federal money, nor is under federal control. The answer to that is location. Cameron County is at the very lowest tip of Texas, is heavily Hispanic, and has a long tradition of being a Democrat wasteland. This guy Garza is merely implementing the Obama plan to make it hurt and make it public. This is a truly disgraceful act and that other nitwit, Blihovde, has the mentality of a Nazi functionary.
Another thing that is curious about this report is that it comes from a publication from out of San Francisco, instead of from Texas itself. It may be in some Texan newspapers but that isn't where I found it. Why would a San Francisco paper be interested in the doings of a small park in deep southern Texas?