Editorial: Obama's park boost


President Obama may be the latest and most influential entrant into the Fort Monroe national park service (NPS) sweepstakes. He could convert a section of Fort Monroe to national monument status with one stroke of his presidential pen on Sept. 15. That's the day the Army transfers control of the base to the state of Virginia...

The president has the authority to designate the federally owned land as a national monument under the 1906 Antiquities Act. Fort Monroe is rich in Civil War and African-American history. It also contains several miles of some of the most pristine beaches in the region. Those would soon be completely open to the public if Obama gives the executive order.