Tyndall Speaks up about New Security Regulations

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The new safety and security regulations at Tyndall Air Force Base went into effect today.

In 2013, recreational fishermen, boaters and tourists were concerned when the Army Corps of Engineers announced new regulations and restrictions around Tyndall. The new restrictions seemed to suggest that Shell Island, Crooked Island and several other popular locations would be shut down to the public as Tyndall actively secured the waterways around the base.

However, an outcry from the public caused federal officials to rethink the situation.

"The federal regulation allowing Tyndall to temporarily restrict waterways when a specific and credible security threat is identified, became available to the commander today," said Base Spokesman Don Arias. "The purpose of this regulation is to establish temporary, well-defined, restricted areas in the waters surrounding portions
of the base." 

He added that the restrictions will only be activated on a temporary basis in response to specific and credible security threats, and require reassessment every 48 hours.

"The temporary restricted areas do not affect Shell Island, and only covers limited portions of Crooked Island," Arias said. "With input from the community, and cooperation between military authorities, we were able to enhance base security and minimize impact on recreational areas. "

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