Turn out for the scoping meetings

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 29, 2008

To the Editor:

There have been many letters and articles in your paper the last few weeks discussing the Navy’s proposed outlying landing field for this area.

Those of us who are directly affected are grateful for the positive words given to our cause of opposition.

Many have spoken about the environmental impact that such a landing field could present. Certainly the loss of generational lands, the ability to farm, and our way of life are also factors that are very dear to the hearts of many.

But how many in Southampton have looked at the Mason Site map? Do you realize that the (Henry/Harrell) Mason/Fortsville Road will probably be closed?

What does that mean for you? Well, it means that the people who travel between Greensville Correctional in Jarratt and Southampton will have to find a longer alternate route. If you live in Southampton and want to visit Owen Ford or Pineview Greenhouse, or other businesses or relatives in the Jarratt area, you will have to find a longer alternate route.

Think about it, and then attend the Navy scoping meetings that will be held in Sussex County at Sussex Central High School on April 30 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and in Southampton County at Southampton High School on May 1 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to submit written comments and concerns.

If you cannot attend one or both of those meetings, please visit http://www.OLFEIS.com in order to e-mail your concerns.

Or mail your concerns to:

Commander, NAVFAC Atlantic

6506 Hampton Boulevard

Norfolk, VA


Attent: Code EV

OLF Project Manager

Please don’t wait or depend on others. Whether you own land in the proposed site or not, this issue will impact you.

Connie Edwards Harrell

Mason Site