Condos threaten popular Florida airport

 - January 16, 2008, 6:12 AM

The city of Pompano Beach, Fla., has been assailed by aviation interests over a proposed 40-story condominium complex to be built adjacent to Pompano Beach Airpark (PMP). The FAA has deemed the condo project a “hazard to navigation,” and AOPA has written to the city manager sternly opposing the construction. The airport has more than 250 based aircraft and hosted more than 200,000 operations last year. Developers have appealed to the FAA to change the traffic pattern, raise the pattern altitude or eliminate a number of instrument approaches to PMP. The 4,418- by 150-foot Runway 15/33 has localizer and GPS approaches.

The airport was surplused by the military and turned over to the city in 1947. Under terms of the deed, Pompano Beach “shall adequately clear and protect the aerial approaches to the airport by removing, lowering, relocating, marking or lighting or otherwise mitigating existing airport hazards and by preventing the establishment or creation of future hazards.”