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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