Friday, August 30, 2013

Training at Tate's Hell discussed

APALACHICOLA, Fla. -- Air Force officials held a meeting in Apalachicola to discuss making Tate's Hell State Forest a site for some Eglin Air Force Base training. Dozens of residents showed up Thursday to express concern about the land north of the coast in Franklin County. Ron Harper, a local resident who attended the meeting, said the land is "one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the state of Florida." But Mike Penland, chief of operational basing for the Air Force, said Eglin has a good track record with the environment. He said the land has unique features, including abandoned logging roads that make good runways for small aircraft. (Source: WCTV-TV, 08/29/13) Previous