Following -up to the Gulf Regional Airspace Strategic Initiative (GRASI) public hearings held in Carrabelle and Apalachicola on June 3 and 4, I wanted to be sure the general public is aware that a reasonable alternative site was presented to the Air Force other than Tate’s Hell State Forest or Blackwater River State Forest.
The site consists of approximately 90,000 acres of privately held land located primarily in Calhoun and adjacent counties which has been used since 1999 for Special Operations Training. The original environment impact study (EIS) was approved in 2002 and reapproved in 2011 for military operations.
While these military exercises would be located outside of Franklin County (primarily Calhoun County), the project would be managed by our GUSC office in Carrabelle. Calhoun County and adjacent counties personnel would be employed to facilitate the training missions.
I can be reached at Gulf Unmanned Systems Center in Carrabelle at (850) 720-1500 or at our office in Carrabelle located at 206 Highway 98.
Gulf Unmanned Systems Center