Palm Beach Runway Fight Resurfaces

FAA won't go along with county's request to deactivate portion of runway.


"I don't think the FAA is in a position to dictate to the county what it can do," Wold said.

Airport users, including businesses, also showed up in force in July with picket signs and buttons asking the county commission not to shorten the runway, fearing that would cause the airport to lose flights and business.

David Smith, president of Galaxy Aviation of Stuart, an airplane service center, said there will be no organized effort to get airport businesses to the commission meeting Tuesday.

"This is an issue between Martin County and the FAA," Smith said. "The law is the law."

Bergen, the FAA spokeswoman, said she hopes the situation does not come to a showdown between the agency and the county.

"We always work toward a win-win situation for everybody," she said.



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