On February 10, 2014, a meeting was held between the Task Force and NYC Parks. Attendees from the Task Force were “Acting President” Avery Marder and “Liaison to NYC Parks” Harold Lowenfels. Attendees from NYC Parks were “Assistant Commissioner” Mike Dockett and his Administrative Assistant Deborah Zingale. The Task Force request for this meeting was to try and make some gains for the metal detecting community. The reasons for requesting a meeting at this time were two fold. We wanted to make NYC Parks aware that they are dealing with a new Task Force that is now national in scope, and has the power of a large and growing membership behind it, as well as support from metal detector manufacturers. On the NYC Parks side, we are now dealing with a new administration, new faces, all of which have not yet been officially appointed. The Task Force sees this as a new opportunity to make some gains.
At the meeting, the Task Force requested that some parks be added to the permit in each borough, especially in Staten Island where there is very little detecting opportunity in borough parks. We did not ask for new parks in the borough of Queens, but requested additional zones be opened for detecting in [parks where we only have partial access. We expressed the Task Forces belief that metal detecting should be allowed in all NYC Parks, but that we are willing to reach this goal in steps. The meeting was cordial and went as well as could be expected, but all present agreed that the requests for additional parks should not be sent forward by Assistant Commissioner Dockett until all the new players are in place and settled in, in their new positions.
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