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nearly 7,000 additional navy personnel on the island certainly won't hurt the local business climate. :yahoo:

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nearly 7,000 additional navy personnel on the island certainly won't hurt the local business climate. :yahoo:

Maybe someone should build an island shuttle rail line to handle the additional people. :whistling:

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nearly 7,000 additional navy personnel on the island certainly won't hurt the local business climate. :yahoo:

Could a Newport version of Fleet Week be far behind (hey there, sailor)? :lol:

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Maybe someone should build an island shuttle rail line to handle the additional people. :whistling:

yea, really. They bought the darn cars. I've heard the dinner train folks are very ambitious, so hopefully they'll pull that through (no pun intended).

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Could a Newport version of Fleet Week be far behind (hey there, sailor)? :lol:

Oooh! Yes please!

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^I can vouch for the notion of a building boom on the base. Being non-military, I rarely have access to the base itself, but there are currently more cranes over the base than I've seen in a decade at least. Newport really came out a winner in the latest round of base closures, and the addition of thousands of Navy personell to the area will definitely be good for the local economy.

In other base-related news, the new gate from Burma Road into the base proper (near the carrier piers) has finally opened, and the old gate at the top of the hill has closed.

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housekeeping request:

can we merge this thread with the one titled "Naval Station Newport"

thanks

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Massive opportunity. Let's hope these three communities know what they're doing. I like Portsmouth's goals, but I can't say I'm thrilled with Middletown's or Newport's.

I don't really know what I wanted from the Navy Hospital land, but seriously another marina? And a ferry terminus, there, why there? Downtown sure, but why there? Plus there's already b****ing about preserving the buildings on the site, that's encouraging too.

And Middletown wants to create **drumrollplease** another head-ache inducing, congested asphalt f***up, West Main Rd version 2.0, except this time on the waterfront. Brilliant!

Edit: and if the best Middletown can do with the available land is create another road, then someone really ought to give at least a little consideration to the old idea of linking up to 138 to the south and 24 to the north. If you're going to make a highway, why not make a highway? And if that's what you want to do, it shouldn't be too hard to pry that money out of Uncle Sam, who loves nothing better than making highways.

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