April 20, 2011 -
Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet have
approved a plan to buffer Whiting Field Naval Air Station in the
Panhandle by purchasing 172 acres of surrounding land.
The cabinet approved the action Tuesday while meeting in Panama
City as part of events surrounding the one-year anniversary of the
BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The 172 acres are part of the Florida Forever land conservation
project. Military leaders said the acreage will ensure the Navy can
continue its flight-training mission without disturbing the growing
Scott and the other state leaders spent Tuesday in Panama City
visiting local businesses and discussing recovering from the
massive rig blowout and that spill more than 172 million gallons of
crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.