BILL OF RIGHTS
We the Neighbors of
Pinellas County's airport assert the following rights
1. To have ongoing
citizen representation in the airport's decision making processes on all
impacting airport neighbors and to be informed throughout the process.
To vote on major land use decisions regarding the airport, including
extensions of runways, airport expansion and development of adjacent open
space owned by the county.
3. To retain the
little open space remaining in our community.
To have late nights and early mornings free of aircraft noise.
To have a noise abatement program in place and enforced.
Therefore, we request
the Airport and County Commissioners to:
Hold a referendum in airport-impacted
districts to vote on the proposed runway extension,
the proposed development of Airco
Golf Course and the Master Plan.
Establish a 7-person joint
airport-community Aviation Authority, consisting of aviation interests and
neighborhood representatives, to oversee
airport management, plans and
operations (not just noise abatement). The Airport Director would report
to the Authority who would make recommendations directly to the
County Administrator and the Board of County Commissioners. The role
should include updating concerned citizens, at minimum by broadcast
e-mail, announcements in neighborhood papers and current information on
the airport web site.
To delay any runway extension, development
of Airco Golf Course and airport expansion until a) an independent study
has been completed on the economic justification of expanding PIE, and b)
the interchange from 49th
and Roosevelt Boulevard to 1-275 is in place.
landings and take offs from 1 Ipm to 7 am, including commercial, cargo,
charter and general aviation flights. Renegotiate agreements with current
airport users as necessary to
prohibit operations between these hours. Negotiate with the military units
at PIE to ensure operations between I
Ipm and lam are limited as much as practical.
Develop, disseminate and ENFORCE noise abatement procedures for ALL types
of operations, including the assessment of significant fines.
Ensure citizens have mechanisms to register complaints and receive
feedback on follow-up, but do not leave to citizens the job of monitoring
6) Maintain the little green space in the
airport neighborhood including Airco Golf Course and the undeveloped
county property along Evergreen Avenue. If the Golf Course is not to be
maintained and marketed properly then convert it to a county park.
Allow no additional military aircraft to
be housed at PIE. Explore options at MacDill for touch and go practice and
other intrusive practice operations.