Tue, Jul 07, 2009
Jet Center Files Part 16 Complaint With The FAA
The Venice Jet Center has filed a complaint with the FAA
concerning the City of Venice's denial of permits to build and
lease hangars at Venice Municipal Airport. The complaint alleges
five violations of federal grant assurances encumbered in the terms
of a 1947 quit claim deed agreed to by the city.
Venice Jet Center says other tenants at the airport have been
allowed to build and lease hangars, and that the city's actions in
denying its permits is discriminatory.
The Charlotte (FL) Sun and Weekly Herald reports that Venice Jet
Center also wants the FAA to issue an
order that would potentially deny
the city millions of dollars in future federal grant money, and
suspend payments already earmarked for Venice Municipal for 6
months or until the claims are rectified.
A Part 16 complaint is not a lawsuit, but a request for
fact finding that could result in litigation. The paper reports
that the FAA is already conducing an audit of operations at Venice
Municipal Airport to assure proper accounting is being followed on
Neither the city nor the airport responded to the paper.
The complaint claims that the Mayor of Venice and three city
council members who all live near the airport are blocking Venice
Jet Center's permits for personal reasons, engaging in what Venice
Jet Center calls "one stall-tactic after another since May of 2008
to ensure no such construction takes place.”
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