Opponents Of Navy Practice-Landing Strip Gear Up

Residents of rural communities in northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia are building their case against the Navy's plan to build a jet landing strip in their backyards.

The proposed $200 million outlying landing field primarily would serve as a practice area for fighter pilots based at Cherry Point Air Station in Havelock and Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach.

The Navy is expected to release results of its preliminary environmental studies this summer. But community residents aren't waiting to make their opposition known.

Two men are making a documentary that includes Cyndi Raiford, who leases part of her 65 acres in Southampton to a horse-riding program for children with autism and other disabilities. A group of Duke University law students are assessing potential environmental impacts.


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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 18, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    What about mainland Dare County and Northeast Hyde County at that county line, just off of the Alligator River? Nobody lives within a 6-10 mile range of a spot right there. That is already federal land and they already have enough. Just use that. 100% of the American Population will be better with that. Why would anybody be unhappy with it? Plain and Simple!
  • by Delta Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    In the end the government will win. Th egovernment always has and always will take what it wants. Only reason why it has"nt yet is it wants to win public support but that will last only so long.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 17, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    Tired of it; There are many in this country that think there is no price for freedom. We simply have to overlook them. They will never get it.
  • by tired of it. on Feb 17, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    The people that oppose the OLF are the first people to take advantage of the liberties that we have thanks to things like the OLF. Think about the sacrifices the men and women flying and serving are making. They can do that, but we can't put up with a little noise? Come on people. It's not like the Navy is just coming in taking the land, they are getting a fair amount and protecting our freedoms.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 17, 2009 at 10:32 AM
    The Navy lost it's bid for the intended site in Beaufort and Washington Counties. They are now seeking other places to put it. Our pilots need an OLF, so it is going to end up in somebody's back yard. Eventually someone is going to get an OLF.
  • by WHAT! on Feb 17, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    I thought this was a dead issue and had been blocked? Are they going to build it anyway? I thought a judge had ruled against the Navy.
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