Havelock leaders hear Cherry Point's future still threatened

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 05:09 PM.

A lobbyist told the Havelock Board of Commissioners that base supporters need to remain vigilant in their defense of Cherry Point, despite indications that a Base Realignment and Closure Commission may not happen as soon as thought.

Pete Rose, a partner of the city-hired Franklin Group lobbying firm, said that while bills before Congress may have anti-BRAC language, military cuts, particularly at Cherry Point, can still happen.

"I think that anyone that thinks that this has been punted or stalled needs to think about it again," Rose told commissioners during a meeting Monday night at Havelock City Hall.

Rose’s comments came in a workshop in which Havelock officials were identifying and prioritizing lobbying activities, expectations and channels of direction.

Commissioners questioned to what degree Cherry Point’s downsized base hospital would be a problem in any BRAC.

"Frankly, it’s the least of you worries," Rose said.

Cherry Point’s military value is what would be most considered, Rose said. Also vital is the broad area of military airspace near Cherry Point.

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