It's too bad the Bay Beacon isn't online because the full article makes for interesting reading. Walton County isn't going to see quite the direct impact that Okaloosa and Santa Rosa will, but they'll still get indirect benefits from the new high wage/high skill positions coming into the area. If Base Realignment and Closure passes as planned, gains are expected to be: 3400 permanent military personnel as many as 1500 students in training and reservists temporarily in the area total direct population gain of 10,000 to 15,000 people once you add in spouses and dependants by the year 2011 with most of the new arrivals making it into the area by 2009 They're still working on estimates of indirect population, job, and economic gains. What it means for Walton County- there's talk about relocating the Ground Combat Training Camp closer to the Navy EOD school in the Bluewater Bay/Villa Tasso/Choctaw Beach area. I wouldn't be surprised to see other training sites go in along the western Hwy 20 corridor. I can also see those communities redeveloping from the population growth and pressures since land closer to base is pretty scarce, and it's now getting hard to find new homes in Crestview south of I-10. There's also talk about encroachment issues. So expect the pace and pressure for conservation easements in areas close to Eglin reservation land or in the Northwest Florida Greenway area to increase. As much as developers want to get their hands on land in Freeport, the Air Force wants to get it back off the table so they can keep what they consider to be a safe buffer zone. If you're against high rises, the Air Force can be a useful partner in getting those kinds of projects blocked. They've just sent the proposed Turnberry project near Destin Commons back to the architects for a second time because the architects didn't think that when the AF said 'no more than 200 mean feet above sea level in that area' they meant it. Indirectly, a larger year round high wage/high skill population base is going to help support businesses across Destin and SoWal during the off season.