Many citizens in the Navy's proposed outlying landing field counties are saying no to a military training ground in their background. But the town of Havelock and home to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is saying bring it on.
Town leaders and business owners are displaying their support for an OLF in eastern Carolina. "Yes OLF" signs are visible inside the tourism building. Town commissioner Danny Walsh says if the OLF is built outside of the state, they may lose the squadrons slated to come to Cherry Point.
Many residents and counties across eastern Carolina have been waging a "No OLF" campaign for years, concerned about the environment, quality of life, economy, and pilot safety.
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is accepting comments about the proposed OLF sites by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.