How 'bout Meigs Field in Chicago? Daley did it in, didn't he?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Coleman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Roger Halstead" <email@example.com>
Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>; <K2EK@aol.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 11:34 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] SteppIr's suck
> On May 12, 2006, at 12:30 AM, Roger Halstead wrote:
>> We had that too, but when they found that because part of the land
>> had been
>> purchased with federal money they would have to pay it back "AT
>> MARKET VALUE" and not just that portion opinions began to change.
>> Also part
>> of it was donated with deed restrictions. I think it would have
>> run close
>> to the whole city budgett to pay off the feds and even the
>> complainers shut
>> up after that.
> It's actually worse than that, Roger. If a municipality accepts FAA
> money, then they have to agree to operate the airport for a long
> period of time (typically 20-25 years). It carries the stipulation
> that they have to keep it up to standards.
> More than once, a town has gotten FAA money, improved the airport,
> then after a few years gets overtures from developers looking for
> cheap land. They convince the town to close the airport and develop
> it. The town then goes to ask the FAA how much they need to pay back.
> Years and years ago, the FAA might go for this. But not recently.
> They get the AOPA, EAA and other alphabet organizations breathing
> down their neck, and the FAA says nothing doing -- you've got to
> continue to operate the airport.
> Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Quote: "Not within a thousand years will man ever fly!"
> -- Wilbur Wright, 1901
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