From the San Jose Mercury News:
Backers of the movement to designate a huge swath of the former Fort Ord as a national monument got a 14,000-acre surprise Friday: a resounding yes from the White House. The announcement came just three days after area officials made their latest rounds in Washington to tout the former military base and open space in Monterey County as worthy of the designation. The president’s statement about the former base highlights exactly what area officials see as its value, calling it “a world-class destination for hikers, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts who come to enjoy the area’s history and scenic landscapes.”
Why should Santa Cruz County residents care? Because the new status, and improvements to the land that are in store, will undoubtedly be a boost to the region’s tourism and recreation economies. Tourists already flock to this area to sample the many recreational opportunities — and when doing so leave a few of their dollars behind. Fort Ord presents myriad opportunities. There’s nothing to dislike about the designation.