Here’s Your Chance To Express Your Opinion About The Future Of OLF-8 In Beulah

July 28, 2020

The OLF8 Master Plan project team, led by DPZ CoDesign, has officially launched their website and Facebook page, and the team is ready for your feedback.

“This OLF-8 project is really a project for the entirety of Escambia County,” said Escambia County District 1 Commissioner Jeff Bergosh. “We need citizens to bring their unique perspective to this project so that our planning team will have the best information to create something that really makes a difference in Beulah and Escambia County as a whole.”

The OLF8 Master Plan project is an Escambia County-driven initiative to turn the empty helicopter field by Navy Federal Credit Union Campus into a thriving asset for the community. The project team was selected by the Escambia County Commissioners to create a plan to maximize the opportunities for jobs and community uses on this 500 plus acre site in Beulah.

“Even though we are living in unprecedented times, that is no reason to sacrifice public input, especially on this project,” said team leader Marina Khoury, of DPZ Design. “With this website, we look forward to getting feedback from the community today, which will be very helpful for us leading up to our charrette week in September and beyond.”

At, residents can find many ways to not only learn about the project, but also how to participate as a citizen in the project planning. Learn about the team members guiding the project, read the project goals set out by the county and explore the ample opportunities to leave your own input.

“This is a really big project for Escambia County, so it’s important to us to know that the citizens will have plenty of opportunities to give their input,” said Terri Berry, Project Coordinator in the Natural Resources Management Department. “We’re excited to finally hear what the community has to say and what they want to OLF8 to be.”

The website contains an interactive online map where citizens can leave virtual “flags” with their ideas, such as what they would like to see at the location, or if they know something about the geography of a particular portion that would be of interest to the project team. also has the ability to conduct public meetings, like charrette week, with a large virtual presence. Charrette week, which begins on September 21, is the team’s chance to sit down with members of the community to hear their concerns and their wishes for the project.

During the week, the design team will use that feedback to craft a plan for the site that creates the highest and best use for the community. At the end of the week, the team will have another large presentation where the public input-based plan is debuted. This week will also consist of smaller topic-based meetings to gather citizen ideas and feedback.

You can find the full schedule online.

Project managers said the new concerns over group meetings have pushed many citizen activities online, but with perhaps even better results.

“In the last few months, we have observed a larger virtual presence at other charrettes conducted and have seen promising results,” said Khoury. “It is our aim to be as inclusive as possible and we expect to receive more input online than we could have expected in person. The platform we are using will make it easy for anyone to leave a comment, and we will easily be able to track them.”


16 Responses to “Here’s Your Chance To Express Your Opinion About The Future Of OLF-8 In Beulah”

  1. Dqball on July 30th, 2020 7:18 am

    Vote them out

  2. Willis on July 30th, 2020 6:41 am

    If you can’t find anything that will be more utilized than a library then save you’re money.

  3. The me show on July 29th, 2020 9:01 pm

    I’m voting for a casino with a 24 hour brothel, and a Waffle House.

  4. Hopeful on July 29th, 2020 3:57 pm

    If we don’t voice our suggestions then we will never know if this was “already planned”. If they do not do what the people ask then that is when we use our votes to take these elected officials out of office. However, let’s give them a chance. I will certainly give my input and am hopeful that they will move forward with what the people want. Traffic is a huge problem. They need to take care of the infrastructure first. Adding the lanes they have are not going to be helpful with this type of growth. Make it a priority to also get the ramp to the interstate built on Beulah Rd.

  5. Remanufactured engines on July 29th, 2020 8:01 am

    nice news. thank you for shared every up to date news with us.

  6. Jerry Moss on July 29th, 2020 7:15 am

    First- I totally agree that the decision(s) on how the land will be used has already been made “behind closed doors”, because- they are smarter than us. Secondly, if you do not speak up now, one of the “them” will claim that your idea was actually theirs, very publicly. Thirdly, the residents of that area should be asked and their idea’s used. Fourthly, I agree with what many have stated here already, to wit- a library, a LARGE established fire station ( show the residents and navy federal we are using or resources wisely), and preserve the remainder for public use- to wit- ball fields, recreational area’s, recycle drop off sites and others that surely someone else will elaborate on.
    Having said all that, it is probably pointless, as “they” have already made the decision(s) and “they” want to get some type of kick back and then say “they” did it only to increase the tax revenue base. Just sayin’.

  7. barry s settles on July 29th, 2020 6:58 am

    hell ya not enough traffic on 9 mile

  8. DK on July 29th, 2020 2:08 am

    This is where you see elected officials net worth grow with the decisions they make.

  9. Mikeldo on July 28th, 2020 9:47 pm

    I also would love to have a library in Beulah. We have 4 large schools and no library. Thanks for the forum.

  10. Charlie Dillard on July 28th, 2020 9:25 pm

    First build a new firehouse now add a ladder truck and pumper fire engine. and room to add
    more trucks as needed. Now build a training facility for Escambia County Fire Dept’s.

    Leave room for a new high school.

    A greenbelt and a park with trees for all to enjoy.

    Leave the wet land alone.

    Let NFCU buy to land they want.

    The County has the land so use it for the people.

    We do not need another Industrial park.

  11. Retired on July 28th, 2020 8:04 pm

    This has already been decided.

  12. Beulahwood on July 28th, 2020 7:35 pm

    blah blah blah. you think they will really listen to us! $$$ Mark my word and watch

  13. Charles Odom on July 28th, 2020 6:02 pm

    Let’s face the truth here. Unless you have a few million dollars to throw at someone, then your opinion means squat! Those idiots elected or chosen to make the decision will do whatever suits the person who bought the most votes!

  14. Matchbox on July 28th, 2020 3:02 pm

    @Zack…. totally agree…something like Westgate that they have here in Dothan ..

  15. Zack Campbell on July 28th, 2020 10:27 am

    I would love to have a Beulah community center attached to a library. I also think a walking/jogging trail encircling ball fields and a playground would serve all age groups. A large swimming pool for the community that could also accommodate competitive swimming events may also help bring economic benefits.

  16. J.Larry Seale on July 28th, 2020 7:42 am

    What a joke……… you really
    believe that they will listen to average
    person ????
    It the one with “big money” and “big” influence
    that will be hear…………

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