I’ve never been especially sympathetic to noise complaints from homeowners and businesses in areas surrounding airports.
Except in some very unique circumstances (there aren’t a whole lot of new airports these days, especially close-in to residential areas),
- People objecting to noise knew the airport was there when they bought property
- The price of the property reflected the location of the airport
- They also get the convenience of the airport, and indeed proximity to the airport enhances the value of commercial property in many cases.
If you own property near an airport it’s going to be noisy. And planes are much quieter than they used to be.
I’m even less sympathetic when the person who is complaining is Donald Trump. He has his own 757. So he contributes to noise. And he’s a guy that’s attempted to use local government power to take a home away from a senior citizen so he could have a parking lot.
So he reaches the level of absurdity, as Trump does, when he files a lawsuit against Palm Beach County claiming that the director of Palm Beach International Airport,
[H]as successfully pressured the Federal Aviation Administration to have controllers direct almost all flights due east, directly above Mar-a-Lago, the lawsuit claims. It calls the actions “deliberate and malicious.”
He claims that he’s being singled out for noise above the historic club that he owns as retribution for the past lawsuits he’s filed against the County and airport. (He’s also engaged the region in lawsuits over the flagpole on the estate, which was about twice as high as zoning rules permitted.)
Trump seeks $100 million in this lawsuit, although I suspect he’ll wind up dropping the claim as he did with his $25 million request over the flagpole.
Perhaps he’ll give up the question when Palm Beach County’s airport director produces an original birth certificate?
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