More fighter jet squadrons could be landing at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock.
The Navy announced the plans in the Federal Register Thursday. The Navy lists five possible scenarios, one giving Cherry Point as many as 11 squadrons of fighter jets, while two others would be based at the station in Beaufort, South Carolina. Under the proposals, Cherry Point would receive no less than two new squadrons. New squadrons could mean news jobs in Havelock.
The Navy is holding several public comment periods on bringing the new squadrons to Cherry Point next month and plans to conduct an environmental impact study.
The Federal Register entry says the "public scoping meetings" will be held as follows:
-February 3, 2009, Holiday Inn Resort, Beaufort, SC, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
-February 4, 2009, Senior Center,15 Thornton Drive, NE., Ludowici, GA, p.m. - 7 p.m.
-February 5, 2009, McIntosh County Middle School, Cafeteria, 500
Green Street, Darien, GA, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
-February 10, 2009, Havelock Tourist and Event Center, 201 Tourist
Center Drive, Havelock, NC, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
-February 11, 2009, Emerald Isle Community Center, 7500 Emerald Isle
Dr., Emerald Isle, NC, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
-February 12, 2009, Fred A.Anderson Elementary School, Cafeteria,
507 Anderson Dr., Bayboro, NC, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
You can read more about the Navy's plans by reading the Federal Register entry.