Bill Would Help Put Buffer Zone Around Military Bases

By MATTHEW BEATON / The News Herald

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

TALLAHASSEE— Military bases want a wide berth — plenty of space between them and the outside world — and the Florida Legislature wants to give it to them.

Thus a House panel cleared a bill (HB 7101) that would allow the state to buy non-conservation lands around Florida’s 20 major military installations, helping prevent “encroachment” from the rest of civilization.

Already the state can buy land that borders a military base, provided it has a “conservation value.” The purchases are made through the Florida Forever program. But there is no way to procure non-conservation lands.

The bill would change that. It would allow the state’s Military Base Protection Program to help secure these lands, so installations would have a nice buffer zone.

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