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Environmental Assessment for Lease of Lighthouse Complex at Cape San Blas

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The Air Force has prepared an environmental assessment EA to analyze the potential for impacts as a result of the proposed Lease of the Lighthouse Complex at Cape San Blas CSB, Eglin Air Force Base AFB, Gulf County, Florida. The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA of 1969, as amended 42 U.S. Code U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA 40 Code of Federal Regulations CFR Parts 1500-1508, and Air Force environmental impact analysis process EIAP 32 CFR Part 989. This Finding of No Significant Impact FONSI summarizes the results of the analyses documented in the EA. The discussion is focused on activities that have the potential to impact either the natural or the human environments, or both. The Lighthouse Complex at Cape San Blas currently consists of a lighthouse, an oil house, and two Keepers Quarters KQ. Gulf County proposes to lease these structures and the 1.82 acres of underlying land then sublease the property to the St Joseph Historical Society, Inc, which in tum will rehabilitate, maintain, and operate the property as a historic districtmuseum. The leased premises would initially include the oil house KQ 2, which has received extensive rehabilitation by the Air Force and KQ 1, which is in need of comprehensive rehabilitation that the County will provide. Once the lighthouse and the land underlying it have been remediated of lead contamination, this area, too, shall be part of the leased premises. In addition to the existing structures, an 80 ft x 235 ft parking lot would be built on the leased area to accommodate school buses and staff and visitor parking only a small portion, enough for two handicapped parking spots, would be paved. The Lighthouse Complex would be operated by Gulf County in accordance with an Operating Agreement between Gulf County and Eglin AFB.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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