As a lifelong resident of the Deerfield Valley, a local business owner and person who has a home within the flight path of Mount Snow airport, I would like to publicly throw my support behind Mr. Jim Barnes and his efforts to bring viable air traffic back to this area. As an area that depends solely on tourism to survive, I can’t think of a better way to open up our area to a whole new audience and enhance our ecomomy than rescue the waste of space that has become Mount Snow airport.
I feel that the opposition to this revitalisation based on noise is completely unwarranted. My belief is that this area needs a little more noise and congestion during certain times of the year in order for things to move forward and for all of us to remain employed year round. The Valley Trail, while a wonderful addition to Dover, was placed right next to an airport and country club. To expect it to be hiking panacea is unrealistic and short sighted. Moreover, there are hundreds and hundreds of other acres to hike within local proximity that do not abut an airport.
Yes, there may be a little more noise for about a minute at a time now and then, but the notion that there will be planes coming in and out JFK style is a little far-fetched.
The other point I would like to make is that if the airport is sold to developers, it will most certainly become a sea of condos and second homes. Taking that path would involve years of dump truck and heavy equipment traffic, including the traffic of those who have to drive to their new homes week after week, year after year. If we as a community are not going to support the airport enhancements based on sound and congestion, I then request we shut down Route 100 because I for one, am sick of dealing with the sound and congestion that come with all those obnoxiously loud V twins that seem to have permiated the valley.
In closing, I would like to thank Mr. Barnes for giving many locals emoployment in a time when we needed it most, and for giving us a glimmer of hope that if we build it, they will come. And that neighbors, like it or lump it, is what we need. There just isn’t any more room for the NIMBY sydrome in this area or this economy any more.
Thanks for listening. Most sincerely,