The US Navy's "divide and conquer" strategy has tried to pit down east North Carolina communities against one another, but judging from the strength of local opposition across the board, it seems unlikely to work. Ham-handed from the get-go, the Navy still has not made a case (convincing or otherwise) that a North Carolina based Outlying Landing Field is important to its strategic readiness. That said, do there appear to be some cracks in the opposition?
The people in our community don’t understand how this (airfield) will disrupt their lives,” he said during a joint meeting of the Currituck and Camden boards of commissioners Monday at the Currituck Cooperative Extension Service office in Barco.
Currituck Commissioner Vance Aydlett agreed. He said residents of the northern end of Currituck — the area closest to the Hale’s Lake site that the Navy is currently studying for the OLF — seem more concerned about the OLF than those in the southern end.
“We need to do a better job of informing residents countywide,” Aydlett said. “This is not a Moyock issue, it’s a county issue.
Camden Commissioner Garry Meiggs said he was surprised to learn that Currituck residents aren’t more concerned about the possible siting of an OLF in northeastern North Carolina. During the recent fall elections in Camden, the Navy’s study of sites in Hale’s Lake and neighboring Gates County for an OLF was the most important issue, he said.
I have a feeling Currituck County is counting on Marc Basnight to use his legendary super powers to stop the Navy in its delusional tracks. But you never know.
One interesting tidbit from the news story:
Currituck and Camden hired French West Vaughn to spearhead lobbying efforts against the OLF being located in Camden. Greer Beaty said her firm has been successful getting out the anti-OLF message to residents and government officials statewide. The firm has been able to generate some buzz about the counties’ opposition to the OLF in major media markets as well, she said.
“We’ve gotten coverage in major newspapers and online Web sites such as MSNBC.com,” Beaty said.
Guess that makes BlueNC chopped liver?