Miami Gliders remains aloft following lobbying effort

05/4/2009 | Miami Herald (free registration), The

A Miami-area glider company will keep flying, thanks to a reprieve from regulators who were demanding a $2 million insurance policy that would have grounded the operation for good. Miami Gliders owner Steve Diehl rallied local lawmakers and other supporters to argue his view that gliders, which use very little fuel, shouldn't require a $2 million policy for environmental hazards. Regulators finally agreed, lowering the insurance requirement to a more manageable $500,000. "We're becoming more and more attuned that small businesses represent almost 70% of the employment in this nation, and in this county, they are solid components of operations of airports and seaports," said a spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Commissioner Katie Sorenson, who asked the county to review its policy toward Miami Gliders.

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