|Published:||Dec 04, 2013 4:12 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 04, 2013 5:10 PM EST|
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Some people in Charlotte County are "sounding off" about noise concerns. The Punta Gorda airport has expanded in the past few years to accomodate growth.
While some say it's good news for the local economy, some homeowners would like leaders to keep planes from flying over their neighborhoods.
"A lot of them come directly over our house or a few houses over but yeah there are definitely very low and very loud," says Mike Kittelberger.
Kittelberger has lived in the Burnt Store Meadows community for nearly a decade. he says more recently the noise level from the Punta Gorda Airport, is getting out of hand.
"You can't hear what's on tv if you're watching TV... if you're talking to somebody at you have to stop because you can't hear what the other person is saying even if they're 3 feet from you," he adds.
Similar complaints have come from residents here in the Seminole Lakes Community.
"We realize that there will always be some noise, but if your windows are rattling I think that's too much," says Robert Toth.
"Right now it doesn't bother me. If it got any more congested it would," says Dalila Eljaua.
Concerns are not falling on deaf ears. Wednesday at City Council, Airport Director Gary Quill talked with leaders about steps he's taking to try to keep things more quiet.
"Talking to FAA about the ability to climb to higher altitudes... the quicker a plane gets up the less noise it makes," he says.
Quill says they already have a noise preferential runway program, meaning they try to have planes take off and come in so they're not directly over neighborhoods. But wind direction doesn't always allow that to happen.
"As airports go, we're relatively quiet however you're still going to hear noise that's the nature of airports," he adds.
On monday, airport leaders are meeting with FAA officials to discuss plane routes and altitudes.
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