I myself think that Miramar is the best site for the new airport, from both a passenger and spotter standpoint (imagine the photo oppurtunities from the Miramar site!). The problem, as Trvlr stated, is that the NIMBYs (Not In My BackYards) in La Jolla and that general area are obviously going to vote against the idea. Frankly, I don't think it's gonna affect land values and all the other crap that they're spewing, but yes, they have money and they're willing to use it to fight this.
The logical solution, since the military probably doesn't dig the idea either, is to operate Miramar as a joint military/commercial airfield, sort of like FRA
. Also, if you look at the map on the link provided, you see that Miramar's longest runway (12,000 ft.) is over a mile away from the closest freeway and development. That is enough distance to establish a climbing turn away from the residential areas and turn over the commercial areas (which is all you'll find on the main thoroughfare north of the base) and open, undeveloped land. A few months ago, a UA
747-400 flew in on a troop charter and that practice was seen. The fully-loaded 747 took off and turned north, away from the development and over open land, which is most just canyons anyway.
Being a frequent user of SAN
, I love the current airport, but also realize that we need to expand, to open new oppurtunities, and I really hope in 2006 that San Diego County makes the right vote. Unfortunately, I won't be able to vote, as you have to be a resident of San Diego, but I certainly am hoping it all comes through.
. You NIMBYs out there, consider this- the economic stimulation gained from having a better airport will more than make up in the long term for the temporary drop in the value of your house.
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