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Let me see if I am reading this sequence of events correctly:
- Miami-Dade County commissioners allowed development to occur adjacent to Kendall-Tamiami Airport.
- Thousands of cookie cutter homes were built, some in locations far too close to the airport boundary (you all remember how certain developers took certain commissioners on fishing trips to Mexico because they are so kind in exchange for a reduction in the airport buffer zone…)
- Knowing of the airport’s existence, families still moved into these houses.
- Residents are now complaining of the noise caused by the airport and want restrictions placed on flights.
I don’t know about you, but I’m left scratching my head on this one. How stupid are we? One of the proposed “solutions” is to move more of the training flights out to the Dade-collier transition facility in the middle of the everglades. In case you aren’t aware, in the late 1960’s some of our legislative geniuses laid the foundation to create the world’s largest airport (Everglades Jetport) in the middle of the Florida Everglades. Luckily, only one of the airports proposed 6 runways (a 10,500 ft behemoth nonetheless) was actually constructed before environmentalists (rather the cancellation of the SST aircraft, the main reason why the airport was conceived from the beginning) convinced the government that the airport would cause irreparable harm to the ecosystem.
I digressed as usual, but am I the only one in complete disbelief? This reminds me of the other geniuses in Kendall who never realized that existing rail rights-of-way like the CSX or FEC corridor could actually once again be used for regular rail service…
But residents are worried about the dangers associated with testing equipment in such a highly populated area.
It has even led homeowners to question whether it’s time for the Federal Aviation Administration to revisit airport guidelines now that the landscape around the airport has significantly changed from mostly empty fields to hundreds of homes.
Once again, this chain of events is the result of developers controlling our land-use regulations. Land-use planning is pro-active, why is it that in Miami-Dade County we’re always left cleaning up other people’s messes?
The swath of land centered in the image below was a former airfield in Pinecrest, forced to close due to encroaching development, could Kendall-Tamiami experience this fate one day? How about Homestead General Aviation Airport or even Dade-Collier?
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