Broward's Perry Airport slated for $12M in upgrades: North Perry Airport, struggling to return to pre-9/11 traffic levels, will soon get a multimillion upgrade to lure more business

Sep. 2--It's common knowledge among pilots that North Perry Airport is less convenient and comfortable than other general aviation airports. But Broward County's Aviation Department has spent the past two years meeting with tenants, consultants...

"There are people coming forward with business applications and the momentum has started. We hope it continues," she said.

Pembroke Pines Commissioner Carl Shechter, whose district includes residents near the 536-acre airfield, said they don't mind the runway extension, as long as aircraft weight is limited, to keep out larger planes, which officials have agreed to do.

"That's important because this entire area is residential," he said. "The problem the community has is that we don't want to see it become a commercial airport."

Longtime pilot and flight instructor George Argy, 59, who has been flying professionally for 32 years, likes the lazy, low-key nature of North Perry.

"It's nice because it's not like a major international airport," Argy said.

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