The NIMBYs here in the Atlanta area have made a lot of noise too. Several of the smaller airports in the Atlanta area have been proposed as either cargo airports or as a second/reliever airport, and everytime, the NIMBYs got up in arms. The one group that really got me was of group fighting against turning Tara Field down in Hampton into a cargo airport. What's really funny is that there are not many people that live in the area around that airport. It sits next to Atlanta Motor Speedway and is bordered on the other side by forest and farmland. So essentially, people who live within a 10 mile radius of the racetrack successfully fought against expanding an airport that was basically in a rural area. These same people also managed to get a great airshow to move to another location. Other NIMBY efforts have focused on expansion and possible airline service to FTY, LZU, PDK, and McCullum Field. A startup in the 1980s and later Southwest in the early 90s tried to launch service of out FTY and/or PDK. The neighbors started to complain about this. What is funny about these two airports is that they essentially lie in the middle of commercial development, not residental areas, although there are several older neighborhoods near PDK. In the early 1990s, the FAA gave the government in Gwinnett County money to do improvements at LZU. These improvements were the to lay the foundation of making LZU a reliver airport and quite likely the second Atlanta Airport. The NIMBYs in Gwinnett rose up severely, because they were already up in arms about the county building the new jail nearby as well. Now 10 years later, the area around the airport has changed, the majority of the properties in a 5 mile radius of the airport is now commercial, and many of the NIMBYs that fought the airport expansion sold their properties because of the increasing growth made their land worth a lot more money. The City of Atlanta actually has a site for the second airport picked out, they bought the land in the early 1970s with the sole purpose of making a second airport on the land up in Dawson County, which at the time was the sticks. They originally were going to build the new airport there, but there were some issues regarding the acquistion of the land from Lockheed, so that tied up things in the legal system, so they had to go with Plan C, build a new facility along side the current airport. They had to do land buyouts and essentially bribe the government in Clayton County in order to build the new terminal. By the time the Dawson County land issue was settled, the new facility was almost open, and the city just let the proposal to put an airport up in Dawson County be shelved. By the late 1980s, the city knew that ATL was reaching a critical point in its' operations, and that they could only expand the facilties so much. It was around this time the fifth runway project was launched, and at the same time, the reemergence of the Dawson County site for a second airport. The problem this time was not just the NIMBYs, this time the County Commission in Dawson County told them they would not allow any permits to build anything on that site as long as the City of Atlanta owned it. That ended that idea for a while. With the current expansion project at ATL being more than likely the last, the Dawson County site will be revived within the next decade or so. With the projected cost of just acquiring the land to expand the airport past its' current boundries somewhere in the neighborhood of $2-5 billion (they would have to displace over 20,000 people, numerous businesses, infrastructure an so on), it will definitely put pressure on the folks in Dawsonville to let them build the second airport on land that they have owned for over 20 years.