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LETTERS: Airport should have a 'for sale' sign on it

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

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Geezer 2 years, 6 months ago

Don't sell the land for God's sake. Some real estate developer - and we have plenty of them in Gwinnett with not so stellar pasts - might buy it up and invite PA down again.

I think that the land that the airport sits on would make a nice county park with perhaps a quality baseball and softball complex for Gwinnett youth. In the Fall and early Winter there could either be a Fall baseball and softball league or youth football and soccer.

There could be a playground for the little ones and plenty of picnic tables and barbeque pits for families.

Outdoor movies and entertainment could be presented during the summer months.

Let's do away with the airport and make the property a recreational venue for all of Gwinnett's people.

There are airports in surrounding counties that the current users can utilize.

Let's start a movement for this. Who is willing?

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kevin 2 years, 6 months ago

Sell it to the Falcons for their new stadium or turn it into a horse racing track. Georgia needs racing more than an airport. Gwinnett doing just fine getting businesses without the added waste of a large airport destroying our quality of life. Maybe a new car manufacturing plant. Too much land there to sell to developers for more favors to the BOC and others in Gwinnett government. We have had enough corruption in government. Stop giving them opportunuites to turn corrupt.

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sullivanjc 2 years, 6 months ago

I think they need to consider new plans for expansion. A county of near 1 million should have an airport. Easily flying over to DeKalb and renting a car is not so easy during rush hour (or anywhere close to rush hour). It's a laughable suggestion

A new stadium or horse track would probably be worse for local traffic and noise than an expanded airport. As for parks, Gwinnett County has plenty of them and it would just be an added drain on the budget.

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gordon7 2 years, 6 months ago

I like that horse track idea!

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gwinnettisgreat1 2 years, 6 months ago

I like the horse track idea as well. But then again, that might hurt people's land value... and all that noise coming from the track... and that smell of horse squeeze... you might start seeing No Horse Track Expansion signs everywhere.

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