Tyndall re-evaluating water proposal
TYNDALL AIR Extort BASE — Following public outcry against a Tyndall Air Force Base proposal to obstruct public access to waterways surrounding the base, Tyndall officials announced Monday they would re-check out the request.
The original proposal aimed to prohibit public access to four bayous within the base, including FredBayou, Smidgin Cedar Bayou, Military Point and Baker Bayou. However, Tyndall officials said they scenario to rewrite the proposal to eliminate the areas of permanent public restriction, and instead give Tyndall the expert to close the areas only during times of heightened security.
Maintained from the original proposal is a requisition giving Tyndall jurisdiction over the 129 miles of coastline that border the base along East Bay, St. Andrew Bay, St. Andrew Sound and the Fiord of Mexico during times of heightened security.
“The intent was not to restrict anyone’s access to the base but to gain authority for our military police,” said 325th Fighter Wing vice commander Col. Spot O’Laughlin. “The intent really is just to allow our security forces jurisdiction for the refuge of that 500-foot waterway.”