Just Says "No" To Building School Under MIA Approach
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush recently
vetoed a bill that would have permitted construction of a school
underneath the approach path to Miami International Airport. In a
letter of thanks to the governor, AOPA President Phil Boyer wrote,
"Your veto message underscores the common-sense rationale for
compatible land-use planning around airports: 'The state's
overarching policy presumes the paramount importance of protecting
our children and teachers by forbidding construction of schools
under flight paths.'"
Florida law prohibits the construction of schools within airport
flight paths and certain noise zones. But local school officials
sought a legislative exemption from that law to build a school near
Miami International. AOPA Regional Representative Nelson Rhodes
worked with Florida Department of Transportation officials to
encourage the governor to veto the bill.
"The bill would have gutted Section 333 of the Florida statutes
and opened the door to others seeking legislative exemption to
build schools in conflict with compatible land-use planning around
airports," said Rhodes. "It was a tough decision for Gov. Bush
because there is limited space to build new schools. But he stood
up for aviation in Florida."