- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Security patrols on Detroit’s Belle Isle are among a number of issues discussed during the first meeting of the park’s advisory committee.

The Detroit Free Press reports that committee member the Rev. Lonnie Peek Jr. said Thursday that he is concerned park rangers and state troopers may lack sensitivity toward cultural traditions of blacks who use the park.

Generations of Detroit residents have held family reunions and other celebrations on Belle Isle, which beginning this year will be run by the state Department of Natural Resources through a lease deal with the city.

The move is expected to save the city between $4 million and $6 million a year. Starting Feb. 10, there will be a new $11-per-car annual fee to visit.

Detroit retains ownership of Belle Isle.

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