Seems like the politicians have already made up their minds about the monument to a bunch of raping murdering thieves in the Olustee State Park. Although a meeting has been called I have my doubts it will change the minds of the ignorant people in charge.
Thank you for writing to Governor Rick Scott with your concerns regarding the proposed monument at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park. I have been asked to respond.
After thoroughly considering all of the comments, the Division of Recreation and Parks agrees that the Union fallen receive less recognition at the state park than do the Confederate fallen. This is based on the language of the 1912 monument, which commemorates the devotion of only the Confederate soldiers, on the commemorative pavers around the monument, which identify only the Confederate units, and on the two small monuments to Confederate generals. As fitting as these monuments undoubtedly are, no comparable recognition of the Union participants in the battle exists on state or federal property that would be part of a regular visit by a state park visitor. As the agency responsible for presenting the story of the Battle of Olustee to the visiting public, the Division agrees that a monument to Union soldiers in the state park would be appropriate.
A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Count School District Auditorium on Monday, December 2, 2013. The address is 372 West Duval Street, Lake City, Florida 32055. The meeting will feature a presentation of the monument’s proposed final location for public review and comment.
Again, thank you again for sharing your comments. Albert Gregory Assistant Director Division of Recreation and Parks Department of Environmental Protection 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard Tallahassee, Florida 32303 850-245-3029 Albert.Gregory@dep.state.fl.us
And my second response —