Future Development of Ingleside Naval Station Uncertain

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INGLESIDE, Texas (AP) - As part of federal base closures announced two years ago, Ingleside Naval Station is set to close in 2010.

But observers say that political wrangling and other delays have clouded future development plans for Ingleside.

The Port of Corpus Christi will get back most of the base when the Navy pulls out by September 30th, 2010. The port is considering leasing its 1,000-acre parcel for continued military use, making it an engineering school or turning it into a homeland security training facility.

But officials say that the city of Ingleside retains zoning authority for some of the land, located next to a planned $800 million golf course and residential development, which could be at odds with the port's plans.

The base closure is expected to cost the area more than 7,000 jobs.

Representative Juan Garcia, a Democrat from Corpus Christi, says that bickering over how to use the land led state legislators to appropriate just $5 million instead of a proposed $20 million in grants to help those affected by base closures.