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Navy seeks public comment on Coronado Coastal Campus proposal

The U.S. Navy published a notice of availability in the Federal Register to announce the opening of public comment on the draft environmental impact statement for the Naval Base Coronado Coastal Campus proposal.

A pair of public meetings have been scheduled to allow the public to learn details of the plan and provide oral comments. The first meeting will be held Aug. 13 from 5-8 p.m. at Marina Vista Community Center, 1075 Eighth St. in Imperial Beach. The other has been scheduled for Aug. 14 from 5-8 p.m. in the Winn Room at the Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave.

The draft EIS evaluates the potential environmental effects of developing an academic campus on Naval Base Coronado to support operational readiness of Naval Special Warfare Command personnel. The public comment period on the document is 60 days.

A final EIS is planned to be announced in the Federal Register during March 2015.

"A growing demand for more Special Operations Forces has resulted in Congress mandating personnel growth and increased training and operational readiness requirements for the Naval Base Coronado tenant, Naval Special Warfare Command,” a Navy spokesman said in a release.

The Navy said many NSWC facilities on the Coronado installation are functionally obsolete and would not meet requirements. The proposed NBC Coastal Campus is needed, the Navy said, to support NSWC’s administrative and operational functions, as well as the functions of logistics and community support and classroom and tactical instruction. A new campus will support growth of NSWC on the West Coast, the Navy said, and maintain the required levels of operational readiness of special warfare forces as mandated by Congress.

There are three development alternatives evaluated in the EIS, in addition to the no-action alternative. An electronic copy of the document can be accessed on the project website at NBCCoastalCampusEIS.com, while printed copies are available at the Coronado Public Library, Imperial Beach Library and the San Diego Central Library.

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