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The goal of this action is to prevent the construction of any structure within their airspace that would create a navigation hazard and cause Federal Aviation Administration sanctions against the airport.
This action is in response to the possibility of the development of a wind generator farm in an area within the airspace around the airport.
The action by the airport has been seen by some as an attempt to prevent economic development in the county and that is not the case, Bell said.
The airport favors economic development including tall structures such as communication towers, high-rise hotels and wind generators.
But because of obligations to the FAA, the airport authority is charged to protect the utility of the airport including the airspace around the airport, Bell said.
The airport would face serious consequences if a structure if a structure exceeds height restrictions in its airspace.
"There have been airports closed because of obstructions," Bell said.
Exactly what would happen to the airport would be determined by where the obstruction was relative to the runways.
Since the exact location of the possible wind generators is not known, Bell said the worst-case scenario would include losing a portion of the runway threshold that would result in losing part of the usable space of the runway.
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