A new agreement between Cameron County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could mean improvements at Adolph Tomae Jr. County Park, though visitors will not notice any immediate changes to their experience there.
The Cameron County Parks and Recreation Department began leasing the federally owned land in 1986. After that lease expired, the USFWS allowed the department to continue to manage the property through issuing a special use permit on Dec. 31, 2012.
County officials have worked all year to reach a long-term agreement with the federal agency, which Parks Director Javier Mendez said included a management plan.
On Thursday, the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court agreed to the new plan, which was vetted by
the USFWS, and accepted the terms of the
right-of-way permit to allow the county to continue maintaining and operating the park.
The term “right-of-way” permit is simply the agency’s new term for the lease, Mendez said.
The new agreement assures the county will maintain and operate the park for the next 25 years.
Source: Brownsville Herald