Statement of John C. Snow, Chairman, Selectmen, Provincetown, Mass.
I would like to say that I am not a transient in the area . . . As oldtimers in Provincetown and on the cape used to say when I was a boy here – and I was born here – whenever anyone asked them where they were born, they would say, "I was Cape Cod born and Cape Cod bred, and when I die I am going to be Cape Cod dead." That is about the way I feel. I have made my life, my future my career here . . .
We must watch that in the creation of something we do not destroy something greater. Each of these towns has its own individual economy. We have in the town of Provincetown a town crier who goes through the streets crying out the news of the day, making certain announcements, and that is a tradition which has been carried on from colonial days. He is dressed in a pilgrim outfit.
Now, it would be fine, if here on the lower cape, all of those who may not otherwise be gainfully employed could dress in hip boots, walk up and down the streets in beards with a sou'wester and have a lobster pot slung over their shoulders or if we could be out in the dunes or be out in the bogs with berry scoops and look like characters and the rest of us dress in pilgrim suits. Unfortunately, the facts of life are otherwise.
Although we may be characters, in the broader sense of the word, we at the same time must protect the economy of our area.. . . I think that the future of the area, the future of all of the other towns of the cape can best be protected as well as the national interest be asserted by taking not all of the lands which have been proposed, but a part of the land which will serve the purposes announced by the Park Service, and by the executive branch of the Government, a park that will be adequate, a park that will be ample, but a park which will not destroy the remainder of the cape.
From the "Hearings before the Subcommittee on Public Lands on the consideration for the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore Park," December 16 and 17, 1960, Eastham, Massachusetts.