Recent speculation on where the Navy may put a Super Hornet practice landing field has prompted representatives of the area around Cherry Point to ask Gov. Mike Easley for a personal meeting on the issue. A letter sent Thursday and signed by state Sen. Jean Preston, Representatives William Wainwright, Alice Underhill and Pat McElraft, asks for a meeting with Easley and Bill Ross, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Economic Resources, “to share with you our perspectives on the OLF efforts.”
“We respect the extremely sensitive nature of the state’s discussions with the Navy,” the letter said, so the legislators want to talk privately to offer their views and to hear “any confidential updates you could offer us about your ongoing discussions and negotiations. The OLF’s future and its impact on MCAS Cherry Point are among the most important and pressing issues in our districts,” the letter said.