Outcome of St. Mary's Dispute to Speak Volumes
A longstanding dispute has lingered between a small skydiving business at the St. Mary's Airport and the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base (KBNSB), 16,000-acre Atlantic home port to our Navy's Trident nuclear missile fleet. While the security-related, skydiving kerfuffle is several years old, it recently escalated to political center stage in the midst of the 2012 presidential campaigns.
St. Mary's is located about midway between the sites of the RNC (Aug) and DNC (Sep) conventions in Tampa FL and Charlotte NC, respectively. Is the timing a non-political coincidence or was it orchestrated to blow up now?
Traditionally, security concerns at strategic nuclear weapons sites have held uncontested priority over civilian business goals and The Jumping Place business would have been shut down (KBNSB was there first) long ago. Although St. Mary's Airport has been asked to relocate and the Jumping Place's business license has been revoked, owner Cathy Kloess stubbornly requests court action.
The fact that the airport was not relocated years ago after earlier skydiver intrusions onto KBNSB and that the business is still operating without a business license is mightily suspicious --- at the very least Kloess has undisclosed ties with the airport's board of directors, and a timely outcome could also be a big plus for the re-elect Obama campaign.
An agreement satisfactory to all sides would certainly tend to demonstrate Obama's:
1) concern for small business
2) support of women's struggle
3) appreciation and grasp of strategic security concerns
The dispute, which received no national press until 2012, is going to get very curious now since Rear Adm. John C. Scorby Jr., commander of the Navy’s Southeast Region, just weighed into it. The FAA and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus are going to be involved soon. Their involvement would probably justify no more than a sentence in a newspaper article, if that.
In a post 9-11 era of TSA groping grandmothers, how much longer will this sensitive security issue be trivialized? We shall see before Election Day .
Submarines are always silent and strange.