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Airport was there first, and it's good for business

Published July 23, 2003

Re: Airport needs to show respect for neighbors, letter, July 16.

I recall that one must earn respect. Furthermore, I know that the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport was there long before the upscale, high-priced condos, villas, minimansions, etc., at Feather Sound even existed.

For the record, the newer generation jets are much quieter than their predecessors. In addition, if we are to encourage the trans-Atlantic trade, at least one longer runway is definitely needed. (If that writer needs to know why, I suggest that he discuss this with any commercial jet pilot.)

In conclusion, I strongly suggest that the letter writer put a sock in it, because, in my candid opinion, he and others like him, literally, are beating a dead horse!

-- Joseph P. Corell, Safety Harbor

If you buy a house near an airport, expect noise

Re: Airport needs to show respect for neighbors, and Officials should care about areas near airport, letters, July 16.

This is in reference to the two gentlemen who wrote letters complaining about the noise of the planes taking off and landing. My question is, what were you thinking when you bought property near an airport?

When I lived in Wisconsin, we had a rock quarry on the outskirts of the city of Racine that had been there for many years. They used dynamite to loosen sections of limestone to be crushed into gravel for use on the local roads. There was no problem until the area around the quarry was developed. The residents started to complain about the dust, the noise of the monster trucks used for hauling the gravel, and the dynamite explosions. This is another case of "What were you thinking?"

I would suggest that you sell your property, preferably to someone who loves airplanes and their noise, and buy property next to a cemetery. Or just try to adjust to the fact that it's only a five-minute drive to the airport - very convenient when you go on vacation!

-- James Thurmann, Largo

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