QUIET SKIES COALITION PO Box 956 Wainscott, NY 11975
lame duck East Hampton Town Board approved a proposal to request
$100,000 in FAA funding for design of a deer fence. Below is the report
from the FAA database citing the number of animal/bird strikes which have
occurred at East Hampton Airport over an eleven-year period, from
January 1st 2001 to February 2nd 2012. Press "CLICK HERE" button below.
The Quiet Skies Coalition supports safe operations at East Hampton airport.
However, concerns raised by the aviation community regarding improved
safety with repair/reconstruction of the deer fence seem overblown when
matched with the data below. QSC holds that the Town’s grant application
to the FAA is the vehicle chosen to lock our community into 10 – 20 more
years of FAA control of our airport, leaving us with few real options for
meaningful airport noise mitigation.
Further supporting this assertion is the $1.5 million dollar airport fund surplus,
which the Town is required by law, to spend exclusively on the airport. If a
deer fence repair is an urgent need, the monies exist within this designated
surplus, to fund this improvement. Another contract with the FAA is unnecessary
to repair the fence.