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Governor uses Point Beach as backdrop to announce public access initiative

Gov. Terry McAuliffe visited Gloucester Point Beach Park last Thursday afternoon to sign the state’s first Memorandum of Understanding to increase recreational access to Virginia’s rivers, streams and lakes.

The memorandum directs several state agencies to work together to make water access easier for all residents and visitors, in hopes of not only improving quality of life, but also boosting tourism in the state.

He said Gloucester Point was chosen for the official signing of the MOU because it was a perfect location to highlight just what he hopes to accomplish with the new agreement—water access. He said three state agencies worked with Gloucester County in the past to create public access to the river there.

The governor also visited the site for the future Middle Peninsula State Park in Gloucester, where development has remained stagnant for a decade due to a lack of funding.

The MOU directs Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation, Departm...

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