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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:37 AM

F-35 also contentious in Florida town


F-35 also contentious in Florida town
Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012 6:29 PM EST
By Kyle Midura

VALPARAISO, Fla. - The debate over the F-35 isn't over in the Florida town that's home to the prototype planes.

About half of Eglin Air Force Base, which currently has more than a dozen F-35s, sits in the small city of Valparaiso. Noise has been a turbulent issue there, leading the city to level two lawsuits at the Air Force.

Bruce Arnold, the city's mayor of more than 50 years, said it's important that the two entities find a middle ground, as the area's main industry is defense. He and others have suggested measures that may abate some of the jets' noise, but says he won't know if officials listened until a revised Environmental Impact Statement is released.

"Until we read that and have an opportunity to comment we really have no position," Arnold said.

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