Executive Correspondence - From Michael Zimmerman, To Chairman Principi Page: 1 of 2
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August 1, 2005
Chairman Anthony J. Principi and Members of the
Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission
2521 South Clark Street, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202
iAU6 04 2005
Dear Chairman Principi and Members of the Commission:
The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau is responsible for the promotion of
i ' travel and tourism to Montere: County,uand: fdr servicing our visitors: during their stay. A
non-profit organization, we are funded in part by community members and in part by our
cities and county government.
We would like to address the Commission regarding its proposed consolidation of base
operations at the Naval Postgraduate School and the Presidio of Monterey/Defense
Languages Institute. We understand that, among other proposals, you may be considering
closure or consolidation of these two establishments of higher education.
From the community's point of view, closure of either - while not perhaps on the
disastrous scale of the closure of Fort Ord in 1994, which blighted the neighboring
communities of Marina, Seaside, Salinas and others - would be a significant loss to the
vitality of Monterey. Other groups or individuals may speak to the direct economic loss
to their communities; we would like to address how it affects travel, tourism and
Students attending the unique Defense Languages Institute (DLI) and Naval Postgraduate
School (NPS), or serving at the Presidio of Monterey, are living and working in two of
Monterey's most historic places, integral to the fabric of our community. Monterey itself
w- as founded as a military outpost by the Spanish in 1776 at the foot of the present-day -
Presidio, making it even older than the Presidio in San Francisco. The NPS is housed in
the historic Del Monte Hotel (recently approved for extensive refurbishment). '
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Icontriibhtinglma y oluteer h' irs to Monterey County's 300+ events and non-profit
The sIes ''o t ' ie i servbes
organizations, suchas otey Bay Aquarium, the Monterey History & Art
Associtibln, andtlM r Jkz Festival. Without their assistance, these events and
organization woudldifin ~t ifffilt to continue serving their communities.
monterey c o u n vi
Post Office Box 1770, Mon te ey, CA'93
TEL 831 648 5358 FAX311 357
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& visitors bureau
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