MIAMI, FL – Congressman Carlos Gimenez (FL-28) introduced the Preserving Options for Everglades Restoration and National Defense in the Straits of Florida Act, which would extend the prohibition on the joint use of Homestead Air Reserve Base by the Air Force and civil aircraft. Last year, the prohibition was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
“Preserving the Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) for its original intent and purpose is critical to protecting our national security interests,” Gimenez said. “Allowing aircraft not affiliated with our military or armed services to utilize an air reserve facility would only compromise our country’s national security. Extending the prohibiting the joint use of the Homestead Air Reserve Base ensures the protection of our strategic interests and protects the precious South Florida ecosystem caught in between Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park.”
For years, Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) has been a central focus of special interests that wish to secure commercial passenger and cargo operations to expand the urban development boundary in southern Miami-Dade County. Those proposals have the potential to impact military readiness and diminish efforts to conserve and restore critical habitat near HARB and Biscayne Bay.
The Preserving Options for Everglades Restoration and National Defense in the Straits of Florida Act guarantees the protection of our South Dade ecosystem and ensures that Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) will continue to operate for its original intended purpose.
Find the bill text here.
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Originally published at https://gimenez.house.gov/2023/3/congressman-gimenez-introduces-the-preserving-options-for-everglades-restoration-and-national-defense-in-the-straits-of-florida-act