For Immediate Release
March 8, 2013
Contact: Clarisell DeCardenas
Mayor Calls For Emergency Special Call Meeting To Protest
Closing Of Opa-Locka Airport Flight Tower
Miami Lakes, FL - Mayor Michael Pizzi called for an Emergency Town Council meeting on Friday, March 8 to protest the closing of Opa-Locka Airport’s Flight Tower. Mayor Pizzi received a letter from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration, informing him of the scheduled closing of the flight tower, as a result of the budget sequestration that went into effect on March 1, 2013.
Mayor Pizzi sent Federal Aviation Administration officials a response, urging them to reconsider closing the flight tower at Opa-Locka Airport. “It is unacceptable to have the federal government shut down a flight tower that is there to make sure the planes safely land and avoid the residential areas that are so close to this airport,” said Mayor Pizzi.
After residents and aviation experts voiced their concerns, Mayor Pizzi, Vice-Mayor Ceasar Mestre and Town Council members Tony Lama, Nelson Rodriguez, Manny Cid, and Nelson Hernandez voted in favor of the resolution requesting the government keep the Opa-Locka Airport Flight Towers open to protect the safety of the residents of Miami Lakes and surrounding areas.
Mayor Pizzi is calling upon all residents to email ClosureComments@faa.gov or fax a letter to (202) 493-4565, urging the FAA keep traffic control in place that will otherwise jeopardize the lives of those in the flight path.