“The VCO allows the conduct of Blow in Place (BIP) operations at any time during daylight hours Monday through Friday with 24-hour advance notice to local airport operations. Effective today, June 9, and to assure operational efficiency and Site safety during the forthcoming ‘rainy season’ (when afternoon lightning strikes are a regular meteorological event), Buffalo will continue to conduct scheduled explosive treatment operations between 1100 and 1300 on Thursdays whenever feasible, but may also conduct BIP treatment operations (with the required 24 hour advance notice) and other treatment operations Monday through Friday between the hours of 1000 and 1500 as necessary.”
Since 2007, there has been a temporary moratorium on permitting and construction in effect for properties in the southeast Orlando area that were utilized for military training and demonstration operations during World War II.
The property owners and area residents have been waiting since that time for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a comprehensive cleanup of the site and eliminate the lingering public safety threat.
The owner of the property known as the Vista Park parcel has now secured permission from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to take on the responsibility of clearing this land of any munitions that may have been left from the time the U.S. Army used the site as the Pinecastle Jeep Range.
FDEP has approved a detailed plan for the clearance process.
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