Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Supporters of Camden Firing Range See 6-Month Wait Ahead

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Supporters of Camden Firing Range See 6-Month Wait Ahead

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Byline: Joe Parker Jr.

WOODBINE | Proponents of a firing range in Camden County are a little closer to success after this week's County Commission meeting, but they might have to hold their fire for at least six more months.

After range backers made their case to the commissioners Tuesday night, Chairman Jimmy Starline said, "Noise is the issue in my mind. It will be the deciding factor in my vote. You're going to have to convince me."

Development officials believe they can do that. Shelia McNeill of the Camden Partnership said the process might take six months, but they feel they have an informal agreement to start seeking the permits and approvals required for a firing range.

Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base officers asked McNeill to find a local firing range where Navy, Marine and Coast Guard security personnel could train and qualify with their firearms. With no local range, the government must pay travel expenses to distant ranges for the service men and women to practice firing their weapons. …

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