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02/18/03

Possible Low Country Base Closures

With all the military movement around the world, it's hard to believe there's still a call for more base closings in the future. One possible closure in our area is the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, Recruit Training Depot and Naval Hospital.

They bring nearly $400 million to the local economy. But while many Beaufort Marines and sailors are bracing for a battle overseas, the Chamber of Commerce is preparing for a fight to defend against base realignment and closure. They're studying the impact and promoting the bases within the community.

"The military branches want to be where they're wanted. So the best thing we can do is to make sure as many people as possible understands how the military benefits our community," said chamber CEO Libby Barnes. "We'll have broader and stronger support from the community."

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford told us the state can't promise any financial support for Beaufort's effort, but will provide volunteers.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

 

 

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