NAPLES, Fla. - The Airport Authority wants to expand one runway by 800 feet. They say it will make pilots and passengers safer, but the idea isn't taking off with everyone.
"I'm worried about the about the quality of life," said Sharon Kenny, president of the Aqualane Shores Neighborhood Association. "We're known for being a quiet and charming community and having big planes flying and landing over your head everyday will destroy that."
Kenny isn't the only one concerned. Others at Wednesday's hearing say the move is just a ploy by the Airport Authority.
"I think this is to benefit general aviation users who want to bring in bigger planes," said Martin Bercovici.
Many say bigger planes will mean more noise, but pilots and aviation enthusiasts say that's not true.
"Oddly enough that bigger airplanes have quieter engines than hundreds of corporate jets," said one Naples resident.
Plus, many say a longer runway means planes will be higher when they take off, reducing the noise even more. It can also increase a pilot's chance of survival.
Still, Kenny and others are worried the longer runway will kill their way of life.
Naples residents have until 11:59pm on September 15, 2010 to voice their opinions on the expansion. You can either mail your comments to Ervin Dehn, Director of Airport Development, 160 Aviation Drive North, Naples, FL 34104 or email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.