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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Officials Seek to Guarantee NAS Oceana Protection Funds

  • March 14, 2011
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Leaders representing Virginia Beach, Va., are pressing state lawmakers to restore $7.5 million in the coming year’s budget for purchasing land to protect Naval Air Station Oceana from encroachment.

The funds represent the state’s share of a $15-million-a-year program launched in 2007 after the 2005 BRAC Commission considered closing the air station over concerns about the impact of surrounding residential development on flight training. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) included the funding in his budget proposal but legislators eliminated it last month, reported the Virginian-Pilot.

To date, the state and Virginia Beach have spent $62.5 million to acquire 479 acres, according to the paper.

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