Allowing United States military veterans with a service related disability to enter Broward County parks for free sounds like a no-brainer, right? In fact, anyone who served our country should be able to enjoy our parks without having to fork over $1.50, right? Broward County Commissioner Martin Kiar, a Democrat, wants Broward to follow the lead of State and National Parks which do not charge admission fees to disabled military vets.
“Florida provides an identification card to disabled veterans if they apply for it. Using this card they can get into our state parks for free.” said Kiar. “The same should apply in Broward County.” Amen, Marty!
Of course Kiar’s proposal should have the total support of the Broward County Commission’s lone Republican, right?
Oh wait. The Commission’s lone Republican is Chip LaMarca (R-Really).
Yep, regarding the proposal LaMarca said, “We also need to figure out what the financial impact is going to be.”
What? Are you serious Chip?
Admission to county parks is $1.50 per person. It’s $8 for cars with up to nine people.
Do you really think that piddly amount will bankrupt the county? Gee, I bet that $4.2 million you gave to the Florida Panthers for a new scoreboard would cover the admission fees for disabled military veterans for the next 20 years.
Heck, that $16,000 you gave to Dale Holness for his Haitian Cultural Month scheme would surely offset the loss of admission fees for at least the next year.
LaMarca sounds like your typical politician: There’s always enough money for his pork projects, but he becomes a penny-pincher when it comes to a sensible programs that would help the ones that deserve our undying gratitude.
Even worse, since he cannot run on his record, LaMarca’s re-election campaign has been nothing more that photo opportunities with America’s military heroes.
Hey Chip, why don’t you put our money where your mouth is…demand that Broward’s disabled military veterans get to use our parks for free.