Lynn Haven Fuel Depot on North Bay

The plan to develop the Air Force's old fuel depot in Lynn Haven into an FSU environmental center is one step closer to reality.

Air Force leaders met with Lynn Haven commissioners and Congressman Allen Boyd to discuss the depot's future and the possibility of turning the land over to the city.

For years there has been talk about turning the old fuel depot into an environmental research center for Florida State University’s Panama City Branch Campus, and while this was talked about at the Wednesday meeting, the main focus was figuring out how and if the Air Force will turn the land over.

The city of Lynn Haven wants to take control of the land when the Air Force is done with its environmental cleanup of the land, but the Air Force wants to lease it.

Lynn Haven's Mayor Walter Kelly says he's not ruling out leasing the land, but says doing so could create a problem years down the road.

"I think it might complicate matters in many years to come, so we're going to go ahead and see if it can be turned over to the city of Lynn Haven and let us work with others and see if we can bring a lot of folks out here.”

No decisions were made at the meeting, but everyone left saying they're all on the same page and they think something will be worked out in the near future.