Jacksonville District to host Community Drop-In Meeting Announcing start of First Phase of Naval Air Station Banana River Off-Base Disposal Area Remedial Investigation Fieldwork

Jacksonville District
Published Feb. 7, 2023

SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is moving forward with the first phase of the Remedial Investigation field work (ground penetrating radar) at the Naval Air Station Banana River Off-Base Disposal Area, a Formerly Used Defense Site.

Formerly Used Defense Sites are properties that were under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Defense and owned by, leased by, or otherwise possessed by the United States (including governmental entities that are the legal predecessors of the Department of Defense or its components) that were transferred from the Department of Defense prior to October 17, 1986. The Defense Environmental Restoration Program-Formerly Used Defense Sites was established to evaluate and, if necessary, to remediate these properties.

The Remedial Investigation will characterize the nature and extent of impacts associated with the Navy’s disposal activities during World War II. Records indicate the Navy used the area while the base was active (between 1942 and 1947). As the Navy prepared to deactivate the base, teams from the public works department burned trash and other debris and buried what remained. The approximately 52 acre Off-Base Disposal Area is about a third of a mile south of Patrick Space Force Base and is generally between Ocean Boulevard to the north, Arlington Street to the south, Seagull Drive to the west, and Highway A1A to the east.

The USACE team will be available to discuss the Off-Base Disposal Area Remedial Investigation between 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm at the Pelican Beach Club House (1495 A1A, Satellite Beach) Thursday, February 16, 2023.

While the deadline to receive signed rights-of-entry has passed, we encourage all property owners who received and have not yet signed the form, to do so as soon as possible.  If someone signs the form after the fieldwork starts, we cannot guarantee that property will be investigated.

For more information, email FUDS.Florida@usace.army.mil, call 800.710.5184, or visit www.saj.usace.army.mil/BananaRiver.

The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District on the district’s website at www.saj.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict, Twitter at www.twitter.com/JaxStrong, and Instagram at www.instagram.com/jacksonvilledistrict.

Peggy Bebb

Release no. 23-007