Mon, Dec 15, 2003
New Plan Allows Airport To Be Moved
The Bay County Commission (BCC) in Panama City (FL) has approved
a land-use plan one for the proposed relocated Panama City - Bay
County International Airport on 4,000 acres in western Bay County.
The measure was adopted by a vote of 3 to 1.
But the airport isn't built yet. A number of additional
regulatory steps remain before it becomes final, including
additional review by the Florida Department of Community Affairs to
determine if it's in compliance with state law.
The decision to relocate the airport ultimately rests with the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Panama City - Bay
County International Airport Authority. Subject to final approval
of the airport relocation at West Bay, St. Joe, one of Florida's
biggest real estate firms, has committed to donating the 4,000-acre
airport site to the Airport Authority and an additional 10,000
acres for environmental mitigation. These mitigation lands would
become part of the West Bay Conservation Area.
The FAA and the Airport Authority continue to work on an
Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed new airport. A
broad-based coalition of Bay County community leaders,
environmental and business groups (including St. Joe) are
supporting the relocation. There are citizens and no-growth groups
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