Geiger helipad headed for approval

By ELENA LESLEY, Times Staff Writer
Published September 25, 2007

TARPON SPRINGS- Former NBA player Matt Geiger can have his helipad as long as he agrees to avoid colliding with migratory birds, shuns late-night joyrides and adheres to a variety of other conditions set by the county.

The Pinellas County staff issued a recommendation Monday for conditional approval of Geiger's proposed helicopter landing pad. Geiger wants to build the pad at his East Lake mansion, which is on the market for $20-million.

The recommendation will go before county commissioners Oct. 16 for a vote.

The recommendation also took into account concessions Geiger promised neighbors.

"We talked to as many (residents) as we could," said Geiger's representative, Todd Pressman. "We incorporated all their feedback."

Under county rules, Geiger must not disturb traffic flow, store fuel on the property or use the pad for any kind of commercial activity, along with other conditions, county development review services manager John Cueva said.

Geiger also altered his flight plan and will fly only during the day. He also will avoid flying on the day before Christmas and a few days in May, so as not to affect migratory birds, according to the recommendation.

Pressman said Geiger plans to use the helipad, even though he wants to sell the mansion.

Elena Lesley, Times staff writer