To the editor:
After purchasing our home in Fort Myers Beach four years ago we became aware of the increasing number of jet aircraft flying over our home. The flight traffic has now started to affect our quality of life. The noise is truly disturbing and has interrupted outdoor dinner parties, breakfast on the lanai and has even awakened us in the early hours of the morning.
If this were any other kind of noise other than an aircraft noise, we could easily rectify this problem by calling the Sheriff's department and filing a complaint for disturbing the peace. Unfortunately, this is not the case, so this situation has prompted us to write this letter in hopes that others will speak up.
We visited many areas of Florida before choosing Fort Myers Beach. After investing a sizeable amount of money in our waterfront home, we cannot tell you how disappointed we are to find ourselves in a flight path and to also learn that this aircraft route is totally unnecessary. We had envisioned peace and solitude with our doors and windows open, enjoying the beautiful Florida weather. Instead, we are having to retreat indoors due to the repetitive screams of jet planes flying over our house one after another.
There are also health concerns with the inhalation of jet exhaust fumes, which we can actually smell on occasion when an aircraft has passed especially low early in the morning.
We understand that there is a simple solution available that would greatly reduce the number of aircraft flying over Fort Myers Beach residential homes by re-routing them over the north and south Back Bay. This route has been used in the past and would be an effective alternative to the routes being used today.
Even if you are not experiencing the increasing noise levels in your own home yet, that may soon change. Southwest Florida International Airport is growing rapidly and the number of flights per day has increased dramatically and there are plans to add another runway. Join with your fellow residents of Fort Myers Beach and stop this noise pollution before it damages tourism as well as the quality of life here.
Tom Babcock is our Fort Myers Beach representative for Islanders Concerned about Aircraft Issues. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and offer your support as soon as possible.
Stephen and Laura Bailey
Fort Myers Beach