AOPA Jumps in on behalf of Florida Airport


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Kind of a follow-up to my post last week about Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg, Florida.

St. Pete wants to close the airport and build (yet another) park (there are two huge parks within walking distance of each other already just in that area).

Here's a short blur from the AOPA web site:

The battle to keep Albert Whitted Municipal Airport in St. Petersburg, Florida, open is coming to a head, and AOPA is fully engaged in the conflict. The association is working closely with local airport backers to counter a well-financed assault on the airport by developers who covet the waterfront property and are funding a campaign to turn half the airport property into a park, leaving the other half free for high-rise condominiums. A referendum on the proposal will be included on local ballots for the November 4 vote. AOPA has hired a political consultant to help focus efforts to save the airport and will fund a newspaper and television advertising campaign that will give voters the facts about the airport and the waterfront park measure. AOPA is also working closely with the FAA, which considers Albert Whitted a vital part of the national aviation transportation system and has said it has no intention of allowing St. Petersburg to close the airport before its grant obligations expire in 2021.