Defense communities and other local groups covering 11 Florida counties will be awarded almost $3.5 million to support military installations under two grant programs, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced last week. Defense infrastructure grants provide funds for local infrastructure and land acquisition needs, and help communities diversify their economies; defense reinvestment grants are used to support the needs of installations or help expand a community’s non-defense economy. … The Supreme Court last week rejected a request by 106 plaintiffs to review a decision by lower courts to dismiss a suit seeking $750 million from the federal government for damages resulting from exposure to hazardous waste from biological weapons research and chemical programs disposed of at Fort Detrick, Md., at a site adjacent to residential neighborhoods. A U.S. District Court judge dismissed the class-action suit in 2016 for lack of jurisdiction, and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that decision in December 2017, reported the Frederick News-Post.
Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Delaney Gonzales