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Navy Air Use Zone Meetings for Naval Base Coronado Begin Wednesday

First up – Imperial Beach, with Coronado's meeting to follow Thursday. Residents have expressed concerns about crash zones and flight noise.

The Navy will host two meetings Wednesday and Thursday for local residents concerned by the recent report on how flight activity at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado and the Naval Outlying Landing Field in Imperial Beach affect the community.

The at the city's Community Meeting Room, 825 Imperial Beach Blvd.

at the Library, 640 Orange Ave., also at 5:30 p.m.

The meetings are being billed as “informational open houses.”

The report, t, defines “the minimum area where land use controls are recommended to protect the health, safety, and welfare” of residents living on or near bases with air operations, according to the study. 

The report outlines areas identified as accident zones, noise contours and whether city land use could have an impact on naval operations.

The study looked at an increase in helicopter operations in Imperial Beach, though the Navy argues the noise has not been as much of an issue compared to 1989, when a similar report was released.

New factors considered for Coronado include older aircraft being replaced by newer equipment and the possible arrival of a third aircraft carrier, in addition to the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Carl Vinson.

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