Power Breakfast: Spirited debate on Briscoe Field, storms, Sunday alcohol, MARTA fares, Reynolds Plantation

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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7 comments Add your comment

TnGelding

April 29th, 2011
7:56 am

I doubt that the airlines are clamoring to use it. Probably a moot point.

Jason

April 29th, 2011
8:29 am

One of the most likely commercial users would have been Southwest but since they’ve bought in the Atlanta market through AirTran, that’s no longer likely. What you really don’t want though is a guy like Larry Ellison flying out of there. With his 2am coming and goings you’d be happy to have commercial jets during the day instead of spoiled rich guys waking you up with their jets. Would a private owner turn down profit in exchange for being a good neighbor? Probably a moot point but you never know when we’ll get our own richie rich in need of a smack down.

Joe

April 29th, 2011
8:37 am

I live about a mile away from the airport. I know for a fact that my subdivision in already in the landing pattern for Hartsfield, I see the planes everyday. I also see all the smaller prop and Corporate jets that come and go from Briscoe everyday. I have news for you opponents, first of all how many of you live that close to the airport that attend these meetings?? Also a 737 is no louder than the private jets that are already coming in. You Pilots out that should already know that. I would rather heard the jets taking off than all those crappy 18 wheelers full of junk that are going to the trash transfer station that is next to the airport. And the people who listen to the “bass” music too loud on the Winder HWY area. Do you folks even know that Gwinnett County’s Police Academy, Water Department and Animal Control are already in that area now?? I bet you never hear all the noise that come from the water department trucks in the middle of that night. The newer model 737 planes are quieter than most private jets. Property values in Gwinnett have already been declining to stop using that excuse. Also, you folks in Dacula…give me a break. You all live on the other side of 316, you’ll never know that darn difference..unless you happen to get a job at the new airport should a new airline decide to come in there. Most of the airlines would have to use the “puddle jumpers” anyway because of the size of the airport. Those too are quieter that than bi planes and WWII planes that come to Briscoe all the time……………..

Rob

April 29th, 2011
8:39 am

The County Commission should concentrate on running our government effectively, and leave job building to private enterprise. Anybody can drag out a study to justify commercialization, but the hit to quality of life, property values, etc. will chase people away. The population in Gwinnett continues to grow without this “need.” Based upon past history, many citizens feel the Commission has already obligated themselves to people who would benefit from commercialization. This is a chance for them to listen to the majority of citizens and deny the commercialization piece of the privatization.

Joe

April 29th, 2011
8:51 am

Have any of you airpost opposser actually driven around the airport in the last few years? If it wasn’t for the county buildings around it there would be nothing. Too many vacant building surround that airport as it is. Quality of life, yeah I see that. It would improve because business would have reason to come back and take over all those vacant buildings..

steve

April 29th, 2011
1:37 pm

When will the public concentrate on important local issues,I.E.schools,roads,lack of jobs,closing businesses?Briscoe field will never be a large airport with constant take offs and landings.Airports have always been fair game for uninformed locals to rally around.Airports bring jobs,more area businesses prosper and they offer hassle free air travel for area residents.I have worked for a major airline for many years and can say for a fact that the briscoe airport will never rival a large airport.Briscoe airport encompasses 472 acres,atlanta has over 4,700 acres.The airport could ideally offer 10 to 20 daily flights to 2 to 3 hubs.This amount of activity would not change the complexion of the local area.Todays airliners are much quieter than those 20 years ago and have a very small noise footprint.
People,don’t sweat the little things,look around,several wars going on,the us dollar losing value,crime rising,schools failing,high unemployment,families breaking up,etc,etc.Don’t waste your valuable time,it is not a renewable resource.

TnGelding

April 29th, 2011
11:02 pm

Time is “fleeting.”