Update on Airport Construction Progress

by December 31, 2007 • 5 comments

I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking what is going on with the airport relocation.  Here is what’s going on:

  • 11/29/2007 – Federal judge in New York issued an order to temporarily block construction.  The NRDC has also threatened a separate suit against the Army Corps of Engineers’ issuance of the 404 permit.
  • Court date of December 18th was set to determine how “permanent” the stay would be.
  • 12/4/2007 – Airport Board approved funding for around $100 million.
  • 12/10/2007 – December 18th hearing post-poned to January 8th because one of the three judges recused himself
  • Costs associated with the block of construction are estimated to be in excess of $1 million per month.
  • 12/17/2007 – Three judge panel mandated that the airport authority could authorize “preliminary construction work” that includes preparing the site for construction, surveying the property, identifying wetlands, erecting fencing, perform maintenance of existing roadways and placing of construction trailers.  Work to begin January 2nd.
  • Court hearing set for January 23rd.

That is all I have for now.  Randy, or anyone else on the airport authority board, feel free to email me with more information if you like.

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1 Sharon Ernst January 2, 2008 at 10:23 am

I would think the residents of Panama City Beach would be extremely disappoinnted to learn the airport is being delayed in any way. Don’t people understand that having a new airport will bring more business to the area, resulting in better paying jobs than retail and restaurants?

I only get to visit there several times a year, but I do look through the help wanted ads while I’m there. There just doesn’t seem to be enough jobs that pay well enough for people to live in nice homes and have a comfortable lifestyle. I’m sure most of the retail jobs at Pier Park will be “part time” positions, and most will start at minimum wage. Where will these employees live when condos start at $150,000?


2 Sheridan Gibson January 2, 2008 at 11:23 am

The only thing that will bring economic development is to collectively bring this entire region for a global perspective to it’s master planning by consulting with international economists that do that sort of thing. St. Joe should be doing that now with their repositioning, and if not, then someone else needs to lead this region that can get the job done.- As a single Mom who grew up here “we can’t wait another 10 years to bring economic development”. American assets are the most valuable commodities in today’s global market, and Northwest FL has an abundant of these commodities in LAND, SEA, AIR, & WATER. For example, it’s a known fact that Northwest Florida has the largest oil reserves off our coast. We have a new Int’l Airport coming. We have a deepwater foreign trade seaport. We have a railroad system. We have an abundance of land. We have the most beautiful beaches in North America! We are in Florida! We are in America! How is it that we are the richest region, but economically the poorest? We need global investors today that will bring economic development, but first we have to have a plan. I hope our local politicians and leaders are implementing that plan now and are sending the world the message that they are truly “open for business”.



3 Fred Poynor January 5, 2008 at 3:56 pm

I simply do not understand how a group of judges can issue a stay against legally issued permits and authorizations. It is time that honest working people start to stand up the environmental and private pilot elitest that think they know better than anyone what is “good” for us and our area! The common person is hurting in this area with the huge loss of construction jobs, the ridiculously high gas prices, and the utter lack of opportunity for a significant portion of the year. Look around and you will see the deplorable conditions in which many famillies live in this area! We must have growth of job which pay a true living wage. We have open up our “environment” to smart, safe development. We have to stop those from both inside and outside of our community who would prevent this development through costly legal moves. It is not right that the few can inhibit the opportunity for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren. This “environmental” foolishness has to stop now before we lose this great community, its great people, and its truely great opportunity!


4 J.P. Neal January 13, 2008 at 2:15 pm

To Whom it may concern!
Sir, Yes Sir,We have been blesses in north west florida, Panama City Beach to be exact! With a beautiful place for people to enjoy from all around the world. This is an ever changing world we live in, and yes a global one. With recent current events our lifes have changed, but we still have been able to maintain our freedom! People of our country are wise not to go over seas at the present. I’ve came to this region for the first time in December of 2007. I was amazed of this hidden treasure in the South.
I’m writing this for my bother who may not get to see
Gods creation. We all have our interest, but I remind my brother the wall you create to keep your brother out, may be the same wall that keeps you in!
God Bless,
J.P. Neal