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Aircraft consultant not needed

June 11, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

At a time that deserves to become known as the age of the scandal, a group of our nimbys is obsessed with that most evil of social ills, aircraft noise.

If its such a crushing burden on them, they should be living at least 200 miles from an airport. However, they are probably here for Florida sunshine, the beach, a plethora of pubs, physicians, etc. etc. Ergo, there has to be an airport.

The dedicated tilting at windmills and pushing the rock uphill in a lost cause was humorous until their request to the town council (aka us the taxpayers) to throw money at their peeve and hire a consultant.

That brings back the memory of our library director and his board that purloined $9 million from us to hugely expand a building that was then and would have remained to this day amply large enough to meet the community's requirement for library space.

It seems that a minority of people attend the meetings, join the committees and thereby get their agendas addressed while the rest of us watch American Idol.

Oh, but there is one aspect of aircraft noise that does need redress! Our American planes with GE and Pratt & Whitney engines have a throaty masculine roar while the European Airbuses (or should it be Airbi?) have that infuriating, feminine whine. Let's have a Hands Across the Runway to try to get them banned from our skies.

Peter Reid

Fort Myers Beach



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