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SPEAK OUT: Should Commercial Flights Be Allowed at Briscoe Field?

This week, the Airport Privatization Citizen Review Committee voted to keep Gwinnett's airport as general aviation, with no commercial flights. Share your thoughts.

The fate of Briscoe Field is still up in the air.

The Airport Privatization Citizen Review Committee, which was set up by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to study the feasibilty of allowing a private company to run the county-owned facility, voted 6-0 (with five committee members abstaining) to keep the facility as a general aviation airport.

The proposal to privatize the airport has been hotly debated. Those favoring the proposal feel that allowing commercial flights at Briscoe Field would bring revenue and jobs to the county.

But homeowners living nearby oppose the move, claiming the increased noise, air and automobile traffic would affect their quality of life - and their home values.

The final decision rests with the Gwinnett County commissioners.

What do you think of this issue? Are you in favor of a private company to operate Brisoe Field and allow commercial flights?

Or do you think the surrounding homeowners' concerns should be the deciding factor?

Use the comment box below to respond.

R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew May 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Did you know that many of the worlds most important airports are privatized and NO way have the SLIGHTEST chance in He!! of affecting the wallets of any Gwinnett taxpayer?
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew May 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Must not have stayed in many airport Marriotts during your extensive travels either... (smiles)
Gillian Mentor May 21, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Ms Smith.Well said you claim ALL Gwinnett Tax payers of which Gwinnett has about 805,321 give or take a few.But its wrong to speak for ALL the county tax payers you speak for a group who oppose it & I or we understand that.But over all it may be about 30,000 of you that object but what about the rest of the 700,000 plus TAX paying residents who want or support it. I pay $4,900 in taxes to Gwinnett and I have a say just as you.Fly Gwinnett Forward.
Sabrina Smith May 21, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Hi Gillian Mentor: It is a fact that ALL Gwinnett taxpayers, not just those who oppose or support commercial service at Briscoe, will be forced to pay to operate a commercial airport in the event that Propeller goes bankrupt or becomes insolvent. Remember that this FAA program has a 0% success rate.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew May 21, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Gillian, By all means, if you are a proponent please bring logical, independently verifiable rebuttal to “each” issue listed by the opposition. For instance, the oft repeated claim that ONLY those county residents NEAR the airport object. That is simply NOT true. The claim that there is no possible county tax impact for the project. That the expansion of service as proposed by the sole bidder is a sound move, since not another firm NATIONWIDE chose to participate in this golden opportunity. You have acknowledged approximately 30,000 object, but suggest indirectly that 700k or so agree with the proponent position. Of the total that agrees, I wonder how many are from Gwinnett locally and would directly experience the financial results of a failure? I’m also not aware of any ongoing presence at monthly commissioner meetings from any group that has a proponent position. Based clearly on the citizens that show up and the changing of the faces within that group – the opposition is FAR deeper and of a MUCH broader base than the proponents at this point.

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