The Navy would be required to prepare a plan to provide greater public access to the National Naval Aviation Museum and Barrancas National Cemetery at Naval Air Station Pensacola, under an amendment added to the Senate version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill before the chamber passed the measure last month. In February 2016 the installation began barring the general public from using its main gate off Navy Boulevard to bring the base in line with DOD security standards. The move forced most visitors to make a 10- to 15-minute drive to the west gate off Blue Angel Parkway, reported the Pensacola News Journal. “This amendment will help provide easier access for members of the public looking to visit this great museum, while at the same time providing the security necessary to keep all of our brave servicemen and women at NAS Pensacola safe,” Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D), who offered the amendment, said in a written statement.
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