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PUBLIC LAW 89-195-SEPT. 21, 1965
Public Law 89-195 September 21, 1965
To provide for the establishment of the Assateague Island National Seashore in the States of Maryland and Virginia, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Assateague Is- United Sttttes of AmeHca in Congress assembled, That for the purse"thlr*e'°JM.-va. P^se of protecting and developing Assateague Island in the States Estabirshment, of Maryland and Virginia and certain adjacent waters and small marsh islands for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment, the Assateague Island National Seashore (hereinafter referred to as the "•seashore") shall be established and administered in accordance with the provisions of this Act. The seashore shall comprise the area within Assateague Island and the small marsh islands adjacent thereto, together with the adjacent water areas not more than one-half mile beyond the mean high waterline of the land portions as generally depicted on a map identified as "Proposed Assateague Island National Seashore, Boundary Map, NS-AI-7100A, November, 1964", which map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the offices of the Department of the Interior. Acquisition of SEC. 2. (a) Withlu the boundaries of the seashore, the Secretary lands, etc. ^^ ^^ Interior (hereinafter referred to as the "Secretary") is authorized to acquire lands, waters, and other property, or any interest therein, by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, exchange, or in such other method as he may find to be in the public interest. The Secretary is authorized to acquire, by any of the above methods, not to exceed ten acres of land or interests therein on the mainland in Worcester County, Maryland, for an administrative site. In the case of acquisition by negotiated purchase, the property owners shall be paid the fair market value by the Secretary. Any property or interests therein owned by the States of Maryland or Virginia shall be acquired only with the concurrence of such owner. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any Federal property located within the boundaries of the seashore and not more than ten acres of Federal property on the mainland in Worcester County, Maryland, may, with the concurrence of the agency having custody thereof, be transferred without consideration to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary for purposes of the seashore. Exchange of (b) Wheu acquiring lands by exchange, the Secretary may accept properties. title to any non-Federal property within the boundaries of the seashore and to not more than ten acres of non-Federal property on the mainland in Worcester County, Maryland, and convey to the grantor of such property any federally owned property under the jurisdiction of the Secretary which he classifies as suitable for exchange or other disposal, and which is located in Maryland or Virginia. The properties so exchanged shall be approximately equal in fair market value, but the Secretary may accept cash from or pay cash to the grantor in order to equalize the values of the properties exchanged. Bridge acquisi^(j) The Secretary is authorized to acquire all of the right, title, tion. or interest of the Chincoteague-Assateague Bridge and Beach Authority, a political-subdivision of the State of Virginia, in the bridge constructed by such authority across the Assateague Channel, together with all lands or interests therein, roads, parking lots, buildings, or other real or personal property of such authority, and to compensate the authority in such amount as will permit it to meet its valid outstanding obligations at the time of such acquisition. Payments by the Secretary shall be on such terms and conditions as he shall consider to be in the public interest. Any of the aforesaid property outside the