As of Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Now that the Board of Commissioners has taken airport expansion off the table, can someone make an intellectually honest case for the continued existence of the airport itself?
In light of all the facts and figures thrown around for the past three years, the county's own planning department report, and the Citizens' Majority Report, it's clear that a wholesale capital reinvestment is needed to bring the airport up to "world class standards." The last time I checked, the county is hard pressed already to balance its existing budget so why even bother continuing the discussion?
While the Chamber of Commerce and others claim the need of an airport to attract corporations to the area, they can easily fly over to Peachtree-DeKalb and rent a car. As for the private pilot community, it's an expensive private country club benefiting less than 1/10 of one percent of the county's population. So, let's be done with this white elephant.
Since airport expansion is dead for the foreseeable future, let's just go ahead and put a "for sale" sign on the land and sell it to a developer who could turn the place into a light industrial manufacturing facility. Surely, the county would be better off over the long haul by not having to spend one more dime on an aged facility wrapped in years of continued controversy.
Thomas Pecht, Buford