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PA Lawmakers Push for Funds for Presque Isle

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (02/22/2014) - There are nearly 400 miles between the steps of the United States Capitol and the sands of Presque Isle, but the fight is on in Washington to provide funds for the park.

Sens.. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) , and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to release funds from the Omnibus bill for sand replenishment efforts at Presque Isle.

"Some of those replenishment programs are absolutely essential to the economy," Kelly said.

Presque Isle State Park helps to bring millions of people to the Erie area each year, and that means good news for Erie and the surrounding areas.

"Erie County and the region depend very heavily on the crowds that come to visit Presque Isle," said Casey.

The lawmakers say investing in Presque Isle is the best way to invest in the people who spend their time there.

"It's a huge huge issue in Erie and should be for anyone who lives in that region," Kelly said. "That's a big big driver for our economy."

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