The plan to turn Santa Rosa Island into a private military hunting resort was dealt a serious setback last week when a U.S. Senate subcommittee passed a resolution effectively squashing the scheme. Looking to hamstring the Republican-led plan, California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer authored the resolution, which backs the existing National Park Service plan to end all deer and elk hunting on the island by 2011. The military resort proposal – which was passed in the House earlier this month as part of a much larger defense bill – marks the third time in the past year that House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter of San Diego, California, has attempted to realize his vision for Santa Rosa, despite stern opposition from all local politicians and the National Park Service.

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