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Vandenberg Air Force Base plans to build new golf courses

Posted at 6:20 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 23:35:02-04

New golf courses, an inn, cottages, and more could be going in at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

A new project encompassing 1,200 acres is in the works.

The Larkin Group, which specializes in golf projects, has announced it's working with the base to build several public golf courses, a driving range, a two-story inn, and lodge facilities.

The Gaviota Conservancy Group believes the project will do more harm than good.

"Our concern is that the project adequately avoids impacts to the sensitive species and I would add, in addition to the federally endangered and threatened species, there's also a monarch butterfly aggregation site there," said environmental attorney Ana Citrin.

The facility would be open to military personnel, retirees, and the general public.

It would be built on the now-abandoned Marshallia Ranch Golf Course which closed nearly three years ago.

The Larkin Group says the project is currently going through the regulatory environmental process.

KSBY did reach out to a Vandenberg Air Force Base spokesperson for comment and will update this story with their response.