Senator Nelson takes flight in the panhandle

Published: Apr. 3, 2018 at 5:53 PM CDT
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Senator Bill Nelson spent the day in Gulf County Tuesday, meeting with local elected officials to talk about issues important to the community.

One of the topics in the meeting was the nationwide opioid epidemic.

A local who attended asked the senator what's being done nationally to combat the issue. He said he has secured federal funding in a recent appropriation bill to help stop it.

Another concern was protecting the military testing and training range in the Gulf from oil drilling.

Senator Nelson mentioned his effort to extend a bill that passed in 2006 that makes oil drilling in the Gulf off-limits.

Later in the day, Senator Nelson got to see the testing and training range from a bird's eye view, as he rode in a T-38 Talon jet that took off from Tyndall Air Force Base.

"This is the largest testing and training area for the United States military in the world. That's the value of this range. That it is so large, that we can test very long range weapon systems," Senator Nelson said.