Tue, May 13, 2008
But Flames -- And Airport Opponents -- Still Threaten
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 05.13.08 1435
EDT: Moments ago, Aero-News received an update on the
situation at Florida's Valkaria Airport, which Monday was threatened by
flames approaching from a large brush fire.
Fortunately, News-Spy Mike Whaley tells us the worst has
passed... but fires to the south of X59 "look really, really
nasty," in the word of Valkaria Airport manager Steve Borowski.
"Emergency crews have been staging at the airport," Whaley
writes. "Yesterday, the fire burned through the wooded area by the
entrance, and burned much of the grass. The trees and scrub towards
the entrance burned, but Steve says the trees should live
(remember, periodic wildfires are a natural and necessary part of
the pine scrub ecosystem).
"There was some fairly minor damage to the airport office
trailer and to the Mosquito Control facilities, but they weren't
destroyed. The T-hangars and aircraft were OK."
Whaley notes the EAA Chapter 1288 meeting will go on as planned
Tuesday evening. He also appealed for those concerned about the
airport's future to attend a special meeting of the Valkaria
Airport Advisory Board (VAAB) on May 20.
As ANN has reported, the
Board's newest member is Janis Walters... a vocal and vehement
opponent to the airport's very existence.
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