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Release No: 248-99
May 20, 1999

NAVY ISSUES RECORD OF DECISION FOR REUSE OF NAS CECIL FIELD

The Department of the Navy has issued the Record of Decision (ROD) concerning the disposal and reuse of Naval Air Station Cecil Field near Jacksonville, Fla. The base was designated for closure in the 1993 round of Defense Base Closures and Realignments and is scheduled to close on Sept. 30, 1999.

On behalf of Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy William J. Cassidy, Jr. provided the environmental document to Mayor John A. Delaney of the City of Jacksonville and representatives of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission's Cecil Field Development Office.

The ROD is the final step in the environmental evaluation process mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. NEPA requires federal agencies such as the Department of the Navy to consider the impact that major federal actions, such as the disposal and reuse of Naval Air Station Cecil Field, may have on the environment.

The ROD announces the Navy's decision to dispose of property associated with Naval Air Station Cecil Field in a manner that is consistent with the reuse plan prepared by the City of Jacksonville and is in keeping with the Department of Defense's community-based reuse objectives. The Navy concluded that the City of Jacksonville's proposed redevelopment of the Naval Air Station property responds to local economic conditions, promotes rapid economic recovery from the impact of the air station's closure, and is consistent with President Clinton's Five-Part Plan for Revitalizing Base Closure Communities. The President's plan emphasizes job creation and local economic redevelopment of the closed facility.

The ROD is an environmental document and does not convey the air station property. Conveyance, or transfer of title, of the property is a separate matter that will be undertaken during later discussions between the Navy and the City of Jacksonville.

The ROD reflects the highly successful coordinated efforts of the Navy and the City of Jacksonville. It is a significant step in the base conversion process that allows the local community to begin long term redevelopment and highlights the Navy's commitment to economic prosperity at base closure sites.

For more information, contact Lt. Cmdr. Lydia Robertson of the Navy public affairs office at (703) 697-5342.