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As deadline looms for growth policies, development near military bases worries state officials

A gun crew begins to inspect their M119A2 howitzer at Camp Blanding. Florida officials worry about development encroaching on military bases in the state. Photo from U.S. Army

Living near military bases with live artillery fire or falling bombs may be a headache for some residents. But some military supporters have said those house-rattling booms are the sound of freedom.

State and local economic development officials also hear the sound of cash registers: The 20 military installations in Florida have an annual economic impact of $70 billion, according to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.  

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