Eh, Patuxent NAS has been there a very long time, so you can't blame it on that. Blame it on the Navy closing down other bases and beefing up NAS. I believe it's the only Naval air test station on the east coast now, so of course the military as well as the contractor populations grew. There wasn't any real reason to add all the stores and restaurants, but I do get why the housing needed to be increased.
How has Solomons Island fared? I used to to love going over there on a Sunday, having brunch, and hanging out on the pier. With the influx of people, I imagine it's gotten even more crowded and commercialized. Sad.
Is the Tiki Bar opening still such a huge hulabaloo weekend on the island? I used to have fun (not) avoiding all the drunks.