VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Beach City Council met Tuesday for the first time since Friday's Hornet jet crash.
Council is expected to present a resolution affirming the City's strong that NAS Oceana remain the East Coast Master Jet Base and urging the Congressional delegation to continue its support.
Large neighborhoods are less than a mile from runway. The city has pledged $15 million a year to get land around the base to prevent further development in the Accident Potential Zones.
"The City and the Navy, along with the Commonwealth of Virginia, have been working on addressing encroachments for a number of years," stressed Mayor Will Sessoms.
In November 2011, the City paid $5 million for nearly 800 acres of farmland and woods between Indian River Road and the North Landing River to protect the base from encroaching development. It was the largest single land purchase in the city’s six-year program to protect Oceana by buying property and development rights around the jet base and in Oceana’s flight path.
In August 2011, the city bought the 516-acre Brown Farm, near the Municipal Center, from Kempsville Presbyterian Church for $7.84 million. In October 2011, the city bought the 18-acre London Bridge Commerce Center for $6 million.
NAS Oceana accounts for 14,000 jobs and pours $1.6 billion into the Hampton Roads economy.
It's also is strategically located, being close to Naval Station Norfolk, the only East Coast base for aircraft carriers.
The formal session began at 6:00 p.m.