The Navy issues a map from time to time, perhaps every ten years, outlining areas where they expect their jets to fly over local communities. The idea is that local communities take these flights paths into account and limit development accordingly. It is such a transparent, simple system that you'd think it's would be quite hard to mess it up.
The funny part is that this simple system is nothing but a cause for controversy in Monroe County. Boca Chica Naval Air Station has been where it is forever and they have been flying and training flyers there since Methuselah was a busboy in the officers' mess and yet some few people who live around the base complain about the noise. I chose not to live between mile Marker Four and Mile Marker 15 exactly because I don't like jet noise. They do their thing over the Lower Keys and I sleep my days away at Mile Marker 27. Smart, no?
Thus when people buy existing homes without doing their due diligence and they miss the implications of the widely publicized AICUZ, blame is easy to apportion. Supporters of the Navy abound and claim they don't mind jet noise. Good for them.
What gets my goat though is when our local elected officials argue with the Navy demanding permission to allow development inside the AICUZ. A recent newspaper headline sounded the alarm "County, Navy debate flight zones." Huh?
Shuffling through the newspaper article it seems the county is afraid to adopt the Navy guidelines because they may change in the future, no really, and because if land is rated as not suitable for development there will be lawsuits from dipshits who wanted to speculate on land parked in jet flight paths. Imagine the lawsuits that would be generated if a jet failed and crashed into a home built under the flight path....
The county will be meeting and talking and negotiating this month and I ask myself whether anyone notices the benefits of thousands of Navy salaries in our community. Yes I know they are just more government workers like me, not producing widgets and thus not appreciated by the Tea Party members in our community. This is a government program and of course our leaders are brainwashing us into hating government programs but for the rest of us rational thinkers does anyone think building a house under a jet flight path makes sense? Why is this even being debated?
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