I could refer you to the comments section from June 29th (Task Force Call to Action) but I want to make it easy for you to read Bob Sickler’s response(s). Bob as you already know is the author of The Detectorist, and a long time field tester for Western & Eastern Treasures.
Back in January of 2012, Bob wrote a letter to the Alabama and Kentucky legislators, regarding restrictive legislation and it was titled “Metal Detecting — More Than Just a Recreation”. It was outstanding and if you are interested in reading it you can find it here. Bob has once again knocked it out of the park with the following letter to the powers to be in New York city. I hope you will copy it, file it away for future reference and next time you need help fighting city hall use it as a blueprint.
He also wanted to share this with us all….
While I don’t travel to NYC to use my metal detector, this issue can spread like cancer to other areas in the state I do frequent, thus my reaction. Truth be known, I have a NYC reservoir in my own “back yard”. It “gives” our native water to those thirsty in NYC. It was placed there by eminent domain at the turn of the 20th century forcing my great-grandfather and his family (and many other local families) to reside elsewhere without choice.
In this water shed area there is a recreational area mandated to the people they displaced. It is there I have metal detected for 30+ years. Several years ago I had a NYC BWS Police officer walk up to me as I was swinging my detector. I smiled and thought another one of the officers was just inquiring as to what I found that day and would go back to work and leave me to enjoy my recreation. (There are no signs to this day that specifically restrict the use of a metal detector on these grounds.) Not this time, I was told to leave and not come back. I was dumfounded! I did a little research on the officer and found out he is also an avid metal detector user… Is this jealously or was he actually doing his job?
So to any of you who think a far away place “doesn’t concern me”, think again. Voice your concerns about metal detecting closure when you see it happen. We do not need an organization to unite us nationally.
Thanks Bob for sharing and for all you have done over the years to promote and keep our pastime alive!
JOHN WINTER IS BACK!!
Suspect many of you already know but John Winter’s blog is back up and running. If by chance you aren’t familiar with John do yourself a favor and check out his blog HERE. His latest post is a review of the White’s TRX pinpointer! Welcome back John!