Bill Would Require State OK For OLF Site

A North Carolina legislator has filed a bill that would require the Navy to get state permission before it could construct a practice landing field in two northeastern counties.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported Thursday that Rep. Bill Owens of Pasquotank County filed the bill this week to amend an existing state law. The change would require the Navy to get permission before it could buy land for an outlying landing field in Gates or Camden counties.

The Navy wants the field, either in North Carolina or southeastern Virginia, so carrier jets can practice landings and takeoffs before they deploy. An existing field near a Virginia Beach air base is very busy and too close to many homes that were built after the field.

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