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...The lease for land at Coralville Lake that was to be home to a long-delayed Muslim youth camp has expired, but the project isn’t dead yet.
The five-year lease between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Muslim Youth Camps of America expired Feb. 28.
But Ron Fournier, spokesman for the Corps office in Rock Island, Ill., said Thursday the Corps is reviewing MYCA’s request for an extension.
Also, Jalel Aossey of Cedar Rapids, one of the organizers of the camp, said in an e-mail message that the project is alive, although its scale will be reduced and take a more regional approach for campers and nonprofit activities.
Aossey is travelling overseas and more details were not immediately available.
“There is more to follow on MYCA,” he wrote.
First proposed in 1999, MYCA’s plan for a summer camp for Muslim youth at Coralville Lake was met with environmental, safety and road concerns from neighbors and county officials. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, religion and race also became an issue for a few people...
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