In these videos, Commanding Officer Capt. Yancy Lindsey answers questions about a 30 percent increase in helicopter activity at Naval Air Station North Island and the Naval Outlying Field Imperial Beach.
Patch caught with him at an open house Thursday evening at the Coronado Community Center to discuss the draft environmental assessment. Public comments are being sought by the Navy until March 28. .
"This engagement with the public, taking account of their concerns, that's part of this process, and we take it very seriously," he said.
"We look at it, we analyze it, to make sure of the impacts we anticipated and whether they're significant or not or accurate. And that's why the public's participation is vital in this process, so I don't agree that it's a fait accompli," or a done deal, he said.
"I want them [residents of Coronado and Imperial Beach] to be supportive of the Navy.
"They are," Captain Lindsey said.
"I want them to continue being supportive of the Navy because it's important to us as military members to have the support of the American citizens. If we don't listen to what they have to say, if we don't consider their concerns and we don't do the things we can do to mitigate our impact on their communities, then we put that support at risk and that's the last thing we want to do."