Airport safety zone stirs controversy in Alabama

09/14/2009 | Press-Register (Mobile, Ala.)

Homeowners near Dauphin Island Airport in southern Alabama are protesting state efforts to seize their properties to become part of a safety zone around the airport. With a 3,000-foot runway and no aircraft based on site, some property owners say the airport is too small to warrant the standard safety zone. "I could understand if we had aircraft based at the airport," says pilot Earle Connell, whose house is affected by the initiative. "There's no reason to be taking these homes." But county officials say state law deems the homes unsafe, and they have no alternative but to move residents elsewhere. "It is as much for their safety as the people flying in and out of the airport," says one official.

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