State, Fort Miles association seal partnership

Improvements to continue at World War II site
Gary Wray, left, president of the Fort Miles Historical Association, and Chazz Salkin, director of the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, sign a memorandum of understanding Oct. 7 inside Battery 519. BY RON MACARTHUR
October 17, 2013

The future of Fort Miles was clarified this week as officials of Fort Miles Historical Association and Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation signed a new agreement governing maintenance and improvements at Fort Miles.

A new 12-page agreement spells out how the two organizations will maintain Fort Miles in Cape Henlopen State Park and provides a framework to allow the volunteer association to continue upgrading facilities and building a World War II museum. It replaces an expiring two-page document.

Historical association board member Harry Winn developed the document with Glen Stubbolo, chief of volunteer and community services for Delaware parks.

Wray said the partnership is mutually beneficial. "What has happened here couldn't have happened without a cooperative effort and a close relationship," Wray said. "Our work benefits the state of Delaware."

"Legally, we own this, but we know are really the stewards," Salkin said, adding that the partnership was essential to the ongoing efforts to bring Fort Miles back to life. "It took awhile to figure one another out, but we got it right."

Winn said the new agreement offers greater transparency than the earlier one.

During World War II, Fort Miles' guns protected the Delaware Bay from enemy ships.