Developers Eyeing Air Force Beach Land in Panhandle

Potential developers are eying a piece of Air Force-owned beachfront in the Panhandle, but military officials say they have no plans yet to sell or swap the property.

Owners of the Shoal River Ranch are the latest to express interest in the land that belongs to Eglin Air Force Base.

The Davis family owns the 11,000-acre ranch and specializes in developing beachfront properties. Their real estate director said family representatives have met with Eglin officials and discussed trading some of their land.

Shoal River Ranch owners join Niceville speculator Stephen Alford as potential suitors.

Air Force officials are interested in obtaining 64,000 acres for a bombing range in Taylor County.

Bob Arnold is a technical adviser with Eglin's 46th Test Wing and chairman of the base's encroachment committee. He said that while talks may have taken place, there have been no serious discussions.