JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Jacksonville District, will host a public meeting to present the Proposed Plan
for the former Lee Field Naval Air Station – Landfill Area 2. The meeting will
be held January 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at the Green Cove Springs
The Corps recently completed a
Remedial Investigation study of the area known as Landfill Area 2 -to determine
if a landfill existed and if the military caused impacts to the soil and
groundwater. The Proposed Plan presents
recommendations and alternatives to address areas of concern.
The public is invited to attend the
meeting to hear details about the investigation, and to comment on the
recommendation for the site. Results of the investigation conclude there is no
evidence of a landfill, and no impacts to the soil and water based on the
military’s past use of the site. Therefore, the recommendation for the former
naval air station is no further action.
The public will have 30 days to
review the Proposed Plan and submit comments by calling 866-279-4880, emailing FUDS.Florida@usace.army.mil, or
by mail to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: Diana Martuscelli, 701 San
Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Mail postmarked by February 29 will be
Project documents are available at
the Green Cove Springs Library, 403 Ferris St., Green Cove Springs, FL, 32043.
The property that currently comprises
Reynolds Park was once the Lee Field Naval Air Station. The Navy acquired the
property in 1940 and used it until the early 1960s. During World War II, the
Navy and Marines used the site to train pilots. Following the war, the Navy
used the property to deactivate ships.
The former Lee Field Naval Station
consisted of runways, hangars, utility systems, fuel storage tanks, piers,
office buildings, barracks, mess halls, and family housing. The Navy declared
the site excess in 1963 and deeded it to the City of Green Cove Springs, who
sold it in 1965 to Mr. J. Louis Reynolds.