State defense grants coming this way (DOCUMENT)

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 09:54 AM.

The first military installation buffering grant was used to purchase 353 acres running south along the Shoal River from approximately Interstate 10 to the State Road 85 bridge, he said.

The county is working with the Northwest Florida Water Management District and is studying the possibility of creating an “offline water reservoir” for surface water storage, Littrell said.

The land, which runs on either side of the river, can also be used for future wetlands mitigation and to protect the river water from pollution, he said.

Eglin Air Force Base benefits from the county owning the land because its Duke Field flight line lies just south of the area being purchased.

“It does benefit Eglin by taking the land out of the future development pool,” Littrell said.

This year’s grant will be used for more of the same type of land acquisition, Littrell said.

 “We’re extremely pleased we have such great partners here,” he said. “This is one of those win, win, win situations.”

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