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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
OLFX/OLF8 Special Meeting Monday
A special meeting has been scheduled for Monday, June 19th at 3:30 PM in the Board's Chambers. The subject of the meeting is the continuing quest to bring our OLF8/OLFX land-swap with the Navy in for a landing.
The project has been in the works for decades, was the #1 Ranked Economic Development project from the Restore Act Committee, and has the potential to create as many as 4000 good paying jobs for Escambia County.
The deal almost died, however, because of cost escalations that continued to pile up for a variety of reasons. Last month Congressman Matt Gaetz intervened to bring the parties back together with the goal of having the Navy give some concessions on the requirements to lower costs. That effort was successful and this meeting Monday will be a follow-on to see what else can be done to keep this effort moving forward and reduce costs further.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend this meeting.
For additional information on the overall project, check out this post and this one.