5:46 am April 29, 2011, by Henry Unger
About 800 people with competing visions for Gwinnett County’s Briscoe Field had their first public debate on Thursday night, AJC reporter David Wickert writes.
The sometimes emotional hearing at the Board of Commissioners meeting dealt with the possible privatization of the airport. At issue: Whether commissioners should rule out large commercial flights as they consider whether to sell or lease the airport near Lawrenceville, Wickert reports.
On one side were those who say big commercial flights would increase noise, drive down property values and erode their quality of life, Wickert writes.
On the other side were those who say commercial passenger service could create jobs and provide a needed boost to Gwinnett’s economy, Wickert writes.
Nothing was resolved. On Tuesday, however, County Commissioners plan to vote on whether to rule out the big commercial flights, the issue at the heart of the debate. That decision could determine whether metro Atlanta residents get an alternative to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the foreseeable future, Wickert reports.
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