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Voice: Dunes enthusiasts already paying for law enforcement

December 10, 2001

In a a recent poll on ivpressonline.com, you asked "Should those who use the sand dunes help pay the expenses for additional law enforcement and emergency personnel?"

The fact is the duning community already pays fees to cover these expenses! The Bureau of Land Management has been collecting fee money for use of the Imperial San Dunes Recreation Area for over two years. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been collected. Last season some of that money was used to pay for additional law enforcement.

I don't think you'll find any true duner who would be against using this fee money to eliminate the minority that is causing problems at Glamis on holiday weekends. In addition to the use fee, we also pay green sticker fees.

Are additional fees needed? Maybe. The BLM press release on Dec. 4 announcing an agreement between the BLM, the California Highway Patrol and Imperial County sheriff to step up law enforcement at the ISDRA is exactly the type of response the duning community has been requesting for several years.

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As a member of the American Sand Association and a 20-year veteran duner, I support the BLM's efforts to restore order to the dunes.

BILL JAMISON

San Diego

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