Navy wants St. Marys airport moved

Navy wants St. Marys airport moved

There are 89 comments on the Athens Banner-Herald story from Aug 27, 2012, titled Navy wants St. Marys airport moved. In it, Athens Banner-Herald reports that:

ST. MARYS, Ga. - The Navy has called for the relocation of the St. Mary's Airport after two skydivers who took off from the airport landed inside the perimeter of Kings Naval Submarine Base.

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Table

Calhoun City, MS

#82 Sep 16, 2012
The local economy will not be affected by the closing of the Jumping Place. It would not be affected by the airport closing either. But if the base closed that is another story.
Money

Saint Marys, GA

#83 Sep 16, 2012
Who owns the "Navy Exchange" ?

Where is their home office ?

What ethnic group benefit from the Navy Exchange ?

Why is the Navy exchange system different than other branches of the military ?
steel

Calhoun City, MS

#84 Sep 16, 2012
Table wrote:
The local economy will not be affected by the closing of the Jumping Place. It would not be affected by the airport closing either. But if the base closed that is another story.
What are you talking about. The local economy is already affected by the airport and who runs it. You have an FBO that charges over $7.00 a gallon in aviation fuel which is one of the highest around. The amenities the FBO has is a joke for incoming pilots. The airport authority rejected fully funded on airport weather which would make flights safer. The airport authority has blocked anyone else from building more hangars which bring in more aircraft, fuel sales, and businesses. Fernandina has a long waiting list for hangars there.
Zontormasterof1

United States

#85 Sep 17, 2012
Ok folks. security in certain areas of the base is trained to use deadly force against any unauthorized entry (see parachutist) what the "stupid" admiral and captain are trying to avoid is an incident where a civilian gets killed because they land in an off limits area. The answer is not "oh well the navy should be able to deal with it" A gaurd on duty does not know the intent of any particular skydiver. If you think the navy is "silly" to be concerned you don't understand how a security posture works nor how personnel are trained. as to the housing issue the # of available rentals in the area is above what the market can bear due to the extreme overbuilding when all the developers were borrowing money like crazy to just keep throwing up housing like this area was going to become miami or something. The stupid "condo" project near NFCU that is now what? low income housing. to cry that it is all the navys fault for privatizing housing is sour grapes
Bevis

Kingsland, GA

#86 Sep 17, 2012
Zontormasterof1 wrote:
Ok folks. security in certain areas of the base is trained to use deadly force against any unauthorized entry (see parachutist) what the "stupid" admiral and captain are trying to avoid is an incident where a civilian gets killed because they land in an off limits area. The answer is not "oh well the navy should be able to deal with it" A gaurd on duty does not know the intent of any particular skydiver. If you think the navy is "silly" to be concerned you don't understand how a security posture works nor how personnel are trained. as to the housing issue the # of available rentals in the area is above what the market can bear due to the extreme overbuilding when all the developers were borrowing money like crazy to just keep throwing up housing like this area was going to become miami or something. The stupid "condo" project near NFCU that is now what? low income housing. to cry that it is all the navys fault for privatizing housing is sour grapes
The Marines are perfectly well trained to deal with situations like this.
Zontormasterof1

United States

#87 Sep 17, 2012
Bevis wrote:
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The Marines are perfectly well trained to deal with situations like this.
My point exactly, and they have to react to any and all intrusions. The base commander want's to as much as possible eliminate intrusions. I have dealt with security for over thirty years and to have a situation where the occaisional skydiver will drop into a security area is ludicrous.
A J Crews 7

Saint Marys, GA

#88 Sep 17, 2012
To my knowledge the Baseball field on upper base is it a security area ?

Even if it were it would only take one killing and it would end any future drops. If not look at as a way of population control.

Why not just stop jumping out of airplanes around the base !
Detriment

Saint Marys, GA

#89 Sep 24, 2012
What ever happened to the airport issue. Went away just like it always does. No one really wants it moved just something to get your mind off the real issue we are going broke.

Thank you Bill DeLoughy
better idea

Hudson, MI

#90 Sep 24, 2012
If the navy wants the airport moved, they should pay for it and compensate the city for all the trouble it has put the residents through for the past decade. If the navy has $100,000,000 to pay for an undersea warfare range, they can drop a few bucks for a new airport. And, with all the hand wringing about sequestration, maybe they should just drop their undersea warfare plans and use the money to pay for the some of the inevitable cuts the military is going to have go make to help reduce the deficit. Or is that too big of a sacred cow for the navy to give up? The haven't even explained why we need the undersea warfare range. Maybe if the economy was better, it could be justified but not now. Time to ask them to make some sacrifices. The city of St. Marys needs to focus on real problems like paying down its debt, lowering water bills, getting rid of the Gilman property it should have never bought in the first place and saving struggling businesses. The airport is and always has been a smoke screen to distract voters from the real issues.

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