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Briscoe removed from FAA privatization program

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Airport is officially out of the Federal Aviation Administration's privatization program.

The move comes over a month after commissioners rejected a proposal to add commercial flights at the small, general aviation field, following a years-long public outcry against the idea.

"I hope it signals as strong as we possibly can that this is off the table," Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said as she released a letter from the FAA acknowledging Gwinnett's decision to be removed from the program.

In May of 2010, Gwinnett received one of five slots for the pilot program, which would have allowed the government to lease or sell Briscoe Field without paying back federal grants.

But earlier this year a review board of citizens recommended the county not only drop the controversial idea of allowing passenger service but also of pursuing a private partnership. Nash thanked the committee Thursday.

"The committee's input and the county transportation staff's hard work helped us reach the right decision for both the airport and our community," Nash said.

The letter, from FAA manager Kevin Willis said the airport is removed "without prejudice," which would allow another submission if the five allotted slots are not full, but Nash said the idea is off the table.

"There's so much suspicion. I know there will still be folks concerned this is a ploy," Nash said. "But we've done what we can on that. Now, it's a matter of letting some time pass and letting some things play out."

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jack 1 year, 9 months ago

"Now, it's a matter of letting some time pass and letting some things play out."

Statements like this are the cause for statements like: "There's so much suspicion. I know there will still be folks concerned this is a ploy,"

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alismom13 1 year, 9 months ago

Jack, I thought the exact same thing as I read this article. This issue needs to be closed, permanantly. Any one familiar with this area knows it would do nothing positive for the people living here and would cause great harm. It is too populated for comercial air. Recently there have been 3 fatal crashes, even killing people in their homes. The place for the new comercial air field is south of Atlanta, where there are huge parcells of unpopulated land.

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NewsReader 1 year, 9 months ago

Seriously, what are the so-called "things to play out?" Charlotte's words; not mine!

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teelee 1 year, 9 months ago

Give it a few years and there will be some new players in this game and you will see commercial flights at Briscoe, there is way too much money involved.

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Dubbin 1 year, 9 months ago

The area is too dense for commercial expansion of the airport to make it thru environmental and legal hurdles. The area will continue to build out and these issues will only become more of a barrier to airport expansion.

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MissDaisyCook 1 year, 9 months ago

Gosh, I hope so; but I doubt it.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 9 months ago

Teepee - well, well, Mr. "this is a done deal" still has no fresh views of reality. In another year or so the possibility of a zombie Briscoe commercialization plan will be forever laid to rest. We've had a great "heads up" exercise here, and next time we'll quash it even sooner.

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kevin 1 year, 9 months ago

My slogan is always, vote but never re-elect. Too bad no one else is running against Nash. Without competition, you get what you are left with. I never xcast a vote when only one is running. you need to send the message to them the political system is thus broken and we do not have representation.

We shall see what happens with that quote, "letting some things play out." What is there to play out if it is over, done, move on? Not a very smart thing to say coming from a chairman who is supposed to be for us. Remember, Nash spent her life working in Gwinnett and was even caught with questionable deals she made with friends. She still is friends with certain County officials.

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Katrina 1 year, 9 months ago

I can only hope that Charlotte meant that when some time passes and some things play out, people will realize that this is NOT a ploy. Taken in context, it appears that that's what she meant. Meanwhile, I am more concerned about who wins the county commissioner slots in the July 31st election.

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JimmyOrr 1 year, 9 months ago

Kevin, a statement you made in your comment caught my eye in which you stated, "Remember, Nash spent her life working in Gwinnett and was even caught with questionable deals she made with friends." Can you, or will you, provide any specifics?

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