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Release No: 644-96
November 15, 1996


The Department of the Navy today issued the Record Of Decision (ROD) concerning the disposal and reuse of Naval Training Center Orlando in Orlando, Florida. On behalf of the Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy William J. Cassidy, Jr. provided the environmental document to Herbert E. Smetheram, Executive Director of the City of Orlando's Naval Training Center Reuse Commission.

The Record Of Decision is the final step in the environmental evaluation process established by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NEPA requires Federal agencies such as the Department of the Navy to consider the impact that major Federal actions, such as disposal and reuse of the Naval Training Center properties, may have on the environment.

The ROD is the Navy's decision to dispose of the Naval Training Center properties in a manner that is consistent with the Reuse Plan proposed by the City of Orlando and is in keeping with the Department of Defense's community-based reuse objectives. The Department of the Navy has concluded that the City of Orlando's proposed redevelopment of the Naval properties responds to local economic conditions, promotes rapid economic recovery, and is consistent with President Clinton's Five-Part Plan for revitalizing base closure communities. The Record Of Decision is an environmental document. It does not convey the Naval Training Center properties. Conveyance, or transfer of title, of the Naval properties is a separate matter that will be undertaken later in discussions between the Department of the Navy and the City of Orlando.

The Naval Training Center Orlando Record Of Decision represents the highly successful coordinated efforts of Mayor Glenda Hood on behalf of the City of Orlando, the Naval Training Center Reuse Commission, and the Department of the Navy. It is a significant step in the base closure process in that it allows the local communities to begin long term redevelopment and highlights the Navy's commitment to economic prosperity at base closure sites.

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