No easy answers for homes under PBIA flight paths


When the president comes to town, almost 90 percent of PBI departures must veer north over Flamingo Park to avoid the Mar-a-Lago buffer zone.

Airport and FAA officials offered sympathy but little solace Thursday to residents blasted by PBIA overflights when President Trump is in town.

Thirty-three people showed up to express concern about how the buffer zone established by the Secret Service to keep planes from flying over Mar-a-Lago has resulted in extra noise for people who live in Flamingo Park, El Cid and other historic neighborhoods to the north.

Some at the Citizens Committee on Airport Noise (CCAN) meeting live under the normal flight path, roughly over Southern Boulevard. They said they’d like to see flight paths spread out even under ordinary circumstances, so that they don’t bear the full burden all the time.

The FAA tower chief said there’s little he can do for now, but promised to contact those farther up the federal food chain to see how soon they might be allowed to make adjustments without first having to do years of studies. County Airports Director Bruce Pelly said he would contact airlines to see that they follow whatever noise reduction procedures they can.


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