[Skip to Content]
  • CLICK HERE FOR AN IMPORTANT NOTICE AFFECTING OEA GRANT PAYMENTS AND AWARDS FROM APRIL 20 THROUGH MAY 4, 2015

The Tampa Tribune - April 10, 2013, By Ted Jackovics

TAMPA - State Rep. Dana Young said Tuesday that a state task force to which she has just been named should be attentive to a potential encroachment issue that could threaten MacDill Air Force Base’s ranking in the next round of base closures.

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday named Young his designee on the Florida Defense Support Task Force, which he and the Legislature created to protect and enhance Florida’s military installations.

Young, a Tampa Republican, said Florida Rock & Tank Lines owns property on Dale Mabry Highway adjacent to the base that should be acquired because it could be used for residential development incompatible with base operations.

“Military encroachment is one of the big issues all over the country,” Young said. “It would be viewed by BRAC as a very negative thing.”

BRAC is the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

Rock & Tank officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Congress opposes a new round of Base Realignment and Closure Commission actions in 2014, but President Barack Obama could raise prospects of BRAC actions the Pentagon supports in his 2014 budget, to be released today.

Young succeeds former state Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll on the Florida Defense Support Task Force and has been regarded as a possible successor to Carroll in Scott’s Cabinet.

“I’m quite flattered by that, but right now I’m completely involved in the legislative session and haven’t even thought about the lieutenant governor’s position,” she said.

Young said she was pleased to join the task force because it ups representation for the Tampa Bay area, balancing the effects of members from the Panhandle. “MacDill is such a huge economic driver to our region, I felt it was imperative to try to get more representation on the task force,” she said.

Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Chip Diehl, who served the U.S. Central Command at MacDill, also serves on the task force.

 

To view this article at the source publication, go to http://tbo.com/list/military-news/land-buy-seen-as-way--to-preserve-macdill-b82475914z1.

The information above is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.

 

In the News

  • With or without BRAC, DoD’s footprint is shrinking

    April 8, 2015 – Federal News Radio, By Jared Serbu In each of the past four years, the Pentagon has proposed a new round of base closures and Congress has rejected every one so far. But with or without lawmakers’ approval, the military’s footprint is shrinking. The Defense Department has hinted...

    Read More...

  • Not Your Grandfather’s Factories

    Governing (Voices of the Governing Institute), By Anne Kim – April 8, 2015 It’s not easy for manufacturing to attract the younger, skilled workers that it needs. We need to focus on both the educational pipeline and public perceptions. For much of the past 30 years, the American public’s view of...

    Read More...

  • Improving Public Services: The Secrets of Award-Winning Cities

    April 6, 2015 – Governing, By John M. Kamensky Local governments, their citizens and community interest groups all want better service delivery, and more than ever are looking to technology to make that happen. But technology alone won’t work. What cities that have been recognized for innovations...

    Read More...

  • Looming Army cuts fill Texas leaders with dread

    April 4, 2015 – San Antonio Express-News, By Sig Christenson Automatic federal spending cuts over the last three years have hurt several Texas cities with large military installations — part of the budget sequester that will reduce the size of the Army by 80,000...

    Read More...

  • IMCOM leaders set sights on 2025

    April 2, 2015 – Hawai’i Army Weekly (Army News Service) SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Army Installation Management Command top leaders held a conference, here, for garrison commanders and command sergeants major to set a collective course for IMCOM 2025 and Beyond.

    Read More...

  • Budgets Signal Sequester Cuts Here to Stay

    March 30, 2015 – Defense News, By John T. Bennett WASHINGTON — What to do about sequestration is one issue House and Senate negotiators can skip as they craft a compromise 2016 federal budget blueprint. That’s because spending resolutions approved last week by the House and Senate both leave the...

    Read More...