We have this group here in Virginia Beach that call themselves CCAJN, Citizens Concerned About Jet Noise.
As far as I can tell, it’s a group of people here in Virginia Beach that bought homes in the wrong areas and now they’re screaming (they have to in order to be heard over the jet noise!) about our Master Jet Base here at the beach. They say they want to enhance the quality of life in our community. I’m still trying to figure out how getting rid of somewhere in the neighborhood of a billion dollars a year in revenue to the area is going to enhance my quality of life.
NAS Oceana has been here quite a while. The Navy started building it in the 1940s. When I first came to Hampton Roads in the 1970s, Virginia Beach was a pretty small town. Oceana was out here in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by farm land and woods, it didn’t bother anyone and nobody bothered it either.
Slowly but surely, Virginia Beach got a little more crowded and some of those farmers sold some of that farm land and little communities sprang up all around Oceana. How stupid do you really have to be to buy a house right near a Master Jet Base? And make no mistake; Oceana has been a Master Jet Base since long before any of these houses were built near the base. It’s been a Master Jet Base since the 1950s and most of these homes were built in the 1980s and 1990s.
There was plenty of land in other parts of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, but folks wanted convenience. I’d bet that most of the people that first bought these homes worked at the base. So, buying a house near the base made sense. I’d bet they knew what they were getting into at the time.
Move to 2005 and the arrival of the navy’s new Super Hornet FA-18. One bad-ass loud plane! Last year NAS Oceana made the Base Re-alignment And Closure (BRAC) list. Why, you ask? Encroachment of course! It didn’t make the initial list. It was added on later. I guess after these A-holes that call themselves “concerned citizens” complained to the right people. BRAC demanded that the city do something to stop the encroachment. The city said, “Ok.”
I’ll blame some of this on our city council. They should never have let developers build as close to the base as they have but, like most city councils, they’re in the back pocket of every developer, if they’re not developers themselves. I watched the same thing playing out in Surprise, Arizona, a few years ago when I lived there. Luke Air Force Base is going through the same thing right now.
The thing about this that has me riled up is that these groups of people think that the city should do something along the lines of buy their homes or close the base. Sorry! You were warned, assholes. Real estate law says you must be informed if you’re buying a house in a high noise zone and I know you were, so, you need to shut the fuck up and move if you don’t like the noise. You won’t get the same for your house that I might get for mine, but that’s because you bought a home in a shitty area, and that’s no ones fault but your own. You also paid a lot less for your home than I did and that’s for the same reason. You think your house was cheaper because it’s closer to the beach? As Red on That 70s Show would say, “Dumbass!”
I don’t work at Oceana. I work near it and we hear the jets all the time. If I’m standing outside smoking when they come by, I actually have to stop talking for a minute and let them fly away. That’s how loud they are. I live about 12 miles from the base and I rarely, if ever, hear them at my house, but there are people dumb enough to live within a mile of the runway! How stupid can you be?
Yeah, yeah, I know they wanted to own their own homes. You know what? I waited until I could afford a house in a reasonably quiet neighborhood before I bought one. Maybe they should have done the same. Like they say, you get what you pay for and you paid for a house next to a Master Jet Base, so get used to it! Dumbass!