Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAA Moves on Runway Extension at Craig; the Authority Revives Plans to Extend the Main Runway from 4,000 to 6,000 Feet

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAA Moves on Runway Extension at Craig; the Authority Revives Plans to Extend the Main Runway from 4,000 to 6,000 Feet

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Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority has resurrected plans to extend the main runway at Craig Municipal Airport. Airport officials have wanted to extend the runway for years, but long have faced opposition from neighboring residents who feared the expansion would bring more air traffic and noise to the area.

JAA intends to apply for a change to the city's comprehensive plan this week to allow a runway extension from 4,000 to 6,000 feet.

Neither the City Council member whose district includes the airport nor the area residents planning advisory committee could be reached for comment Tuesday night.

The authority sent a letter dated Aug. 9 explaining its intent to property owners neighboring the Arlington airport, which is bounded by St. Johns Bluff Road, Atlantic Boulevard, Kernan Boulevard and Monument Road.

"We did not arrive at this decision in haste," the letter said. "In the end, and we speak with a unanimous voice, the overriding concern for the JAA Board has been, and will continue to be, safety first. …

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