The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Air Force to relinquish lease on recreation camp


The long wait for the U.S. government to fully consolidate its two leases in Seward appears to be moving toward a conclusion.

According to Seward Assistant City Manager Ron Long, the U.S. Air Force has notified the city that it will be relinquishing its lease to the former Air Force Rec Camp in the coming days.

“It may take a little longer, but we have seen some forward progress toward that end,” Long said in a memo to the city council, noting the city would begin clearing the vacant site within the next few weeks.

The U.S. military acquired the lease on the Air Force and Army rec camps in the 1960s. The leases, as approved then, did not specify that the military had to do anything with the sites but merely had to make their lease payments to maintain control.

A few years ago, the Department of Defense announced it would be consolidating the two camps into the one located on the north side of Sea Lion.

As part of the termination of its lease on the site, the government agreed to pay the City of Seward $27,000 to clean up the site. Long said he hopes the city can have the site cleaned by the end of July.


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