Repair site might be in way of new Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood runway: Plan OK'd before FAA ruling on expansion

Sep. 18--An aircraft repair center will be built on the north side of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, even though the airport may have to spend millions to relocate it if forced to switch course on where to locate a second major...

County Administrator Pam Brangaccio told commissioners last week Bielek didn't tell her of the warning, but then said: "I appreciate that he didn't in the sense that it was informal." To Brenda Chalifour, an environmental activist who is a leading opponent of the south runway, the Embraer project is an example of county officials surreptitiously forcing the construction of their favored option.

"Their vote boxes them in and limits their alternatives," Chalifour said. "It's ridiculous to allow something to be built there when you know the space might be needed."

Scott Wyman can be reached at or 954-356-4511.

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