Friday, January 22, 2021

Three bases get buffering funds

Three Florida bases in Pensacola, Milton, and Jacksonville recently received in excess of $4 million in Readiness and Environmental Protection (REPI) funds that will be used exclusively to help protect them from ncompatible nearby development. The money to support future buffering projects includes $2.4 million for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, $1.4 million for Naval Air Station Whiting Field,  and $179,000 for Naval Air Station Pensacola. REPI funds buy restrictive-use easements as a less expensive way to protect military missions. Landowners participate in the program because it provides immediate income and allows the traditional use of the property. (Source: Naval Air Station Whiting Field, 01/22/21)