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Miami-Dade puts new airport in Homestead onto agenda

Written by on September 15, 2020
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Miami-Dade puts new airport in Homestead onto agenda

After years of negotiating, it’s time to make a deal to use Homestead Air Reserve Base land for Miami-Dade County aviation purposes, according to Commissioner Dennis Moss.

Commissioners are to decide Oct. 6 whether to OK his resolution to direct Mayor Carlos Giménez to “expeditiously effectuate a joint use agreement with the United States of America to allow for a fixed-base operator” at the base.

The directive comes six years into county talks with the Air Force on developing the south side of the base’s airfield for general aviation.

Commissioners in December 2015 adopted a resolution by Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Mr. Moss directing the administration to negotiate for limited civilian use at the air base. The county’s request reached the desk of then-Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson 2½ years later, according to a Miami-Dade Aviation spokesman.

The timeframe to complete a joint-use agreement with the Air Force is “generally one to three years,” a memo from Mayor Giménez said at the time.

The resolution, which cleared a county committee last week, would instruct the mayor to finish all prerequisite work, pinpoint costs and find funds to establish a general aviation operator at the base, then negotiate and cut a deal with the Air Force, including any needed property exchange.

Mr. Giménez would then have to submit the agreement for approval to the next commission meeting without having a committee’s prior review, a break from standard county contract protocol.

Within two months or “upon determination … that no funding source is available, legal or other impediments exist, or that negotiations are at an impasse,” he would have to report on the obstacles and the status of negotiations and recommend further action.

Mr. Diaz said he and Mr. Moss have worked together “for many years [to make] sure we have a dual-use airport” at the air base.

30 Responses to Miami-Dade puts new airport in Homestead onto agenda

  1. Dan Reply

    September 15, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    I see why not. I like the idea. I think it’s a win-win.

  2. Dulcidio LeConte Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 10:25 am

    This was supposed to happen under Penelas’ watch as mayor and he screwed it up.

  3. Luis Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Magnifico para el desarrollo de la ciudad de homestead.

  4. Dianne Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    I hate the idea. I live around there and believe me there’s a lot of noise from those airplanes from the airport . Turbines noise and shaking that you can even filled in your house. Also with the traffic in and out I can even imagine. It’s a NO for me.

    • Duane Smith Reply

      September 19, 2020 at 11:20 pm

      100% agree. With the F35s thenoise will be four times louder.

  5. CJ Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    If you are going to create jobs for residents who helped That communities growth and development in the past. Remember Hurricane Andrew survivors

  6. Mimi Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    This would be great. It creates jobs and generates revenue for south dade.

  7. pete shields Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    It ruins the everglades and flora and fauna and fishing in between. Very bad idea. Tried in early 2000’s and after

    significant study was turned down by the Air Force.

    I refer you to SEIS, (the supplementary impact study), which holds all the detailed investigations that led to the

    refusal to deal by Clinton and the Secretary of the Air Force.

    Save your energy and money and learn the details, educate yourselves. Millions of dollars already spent will

    verify this detailed investigation was not shallow.

    Mayor Carlos should particularly note.

  8. Jim Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    This idea was floated after hurricane Andrew and if I remember correctly it was shot down for environmental reasons.

  9. MELVYN Pacheco Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    I would love the idea it can handle all the domestic air traffic from Miami international. like LGA and JFK.

  10. Ruben Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    National security first, the business…

  11. Antonio Santos Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    It’s a great ideia demographics are perfect no tall buildings around what you are waiting for let’s make an international airport to easy up Miami international

  12. Glennys M Mambru Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    I loved the idea

  13. None Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    This will be the end of Homestead.

  14. Noemi Reply

    September 16, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Si no estaría mal pero que sepan pilotear
    porque últimamente hay demasiados accidentes con aviones pequeños
    [If it would not be bad but that they know how to pilot
    because lately there are too many accidents with small planes]

  15. Joann Brady Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 2:30 am

    Great Idea The South, The South Has So Much Land To Build up The Community.
    How Is All This Going To Be Final Approval Before
    Dennis Moss and Carlos Gimenez Leave Office.

  16. GLORIA M GIRALDO Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 5:23 am

    I like the idea

  17. Faruk Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 6:22 am

    It will be a disaster, unless thinking of making roads like flyover Highway. Last five years Homestesd traffic getting worst. People using us 1 and it’s getting worst day by day. County doesn’t think for Neighbors, let all agriculture land becomes housing to generate money from home taxes. Let’s think first highway then Airport.

  18. Bobby Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 9:16 am

    I love the idea …make that airport asap ….. And make it bigger

  19. Diego Rivadeneira Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 10:27 am

    This is not a good idea to add a general aviation so close to a nuclear power plant and so intrusive to the bird sanctuaries that call homestead their homes. We don’t need commercial cargo flights nor general aviation here again and again more wasted tax payers monies to accommodate special interest.

    Get all of the promised bike trails completed as well as all the County roads that are under construction delays and the poor oversight of these road contractors that are taking for ever to complete.

    There needs to be moratorium of construction on all this irresponsible building halted until all the roads traffic signals and turnpike access improved in Homestead at a operational level. We need to focus on better zoning codes on new construction not focusing on an ne Airport!

    This is another Piñata for the special interests. Enough of this nonsense and lets get our roads completed first.. Air traffic is at a standstill with this Covid 19 and you want to shove another airport down here. WE don’t want extra noise pollution and being at risk to have a plane crash into the Nuclear power plant. Always accommodating special interest and not the taxpayers and community.

    Post the environmental report done for this un needed airport along with the feasibility study! This is a Political Capital accommodation for Amazon and other special interest at the peril of the well being of this community.

  20. Bibi Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Traffic people the Traffic!!!!!!

  21. Jose Irizarry Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Why not develop the Miami Homestead General aviation airport? It’s already in operation. We should ask our elected officials to focus on that.

  22. David Cruz Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    This is very bad idea. Those of you that say it’s a good idea must not live in that area. Homes and communities have been developed in that area. The disturbances it would cause to residents is enough reason to not continue with this project.

  23. Connie Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    No more noise pollution!! It will bring more garbage to Ho stead.

  24. Ron Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Another waste of money to lower the quality of life in South Dade

  25. Green liz Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    The ones that are for this crapy idea dont live anywhere near this place..this idea is no good specially with a nuclear power plant so close by…

  26. John Lowe Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Homestead General Airport is about Five miles away and Miami Executive airport is about ten miles away. Do we need another airport? As a pilot, I would say expand the other airports first.

  27. Bill Wheeler Reply

    September 17, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    What a brilliant idea! With the new state of the art Metrorail extension to Homestead, a simple spur to the NEW Airport would be wonderful for businesses and passengers!!!

    Wait, What????

    Sadly, another airport will not elevate Miami Dade out of third world status. Public works cannot synchronise three consecutive red lights. Transit offers free rolling homeless shelters complete with Iphone charging stations. Just pump the sewage into Biscayne Bay instead of deepwell injection into the aquifer. How’s that Homestead steel mill going Mr. Mayor? Air travel will never be the same after 2020, Make sure you build it big enough for the Airbus 380’s. The residents should love that!!!!

  28. D.Steele Reply

    September 18, 2020 at 11:24 am

    People, please see this for what it is: a power grab for big money interests. This is not something that will benefit residents. More traffic more noise more pollution right next to Biscayne NP is a no win situation. This was already tried years back and was shot down. Let’s not let two commissioners try to ram this through. This died long ago and should remain buried.

  29. MCKENZIE N MOORE JR Reply

    September 21, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    This is obviously connected to the Fed Ex plant that is already there and the Amazon plant that was just approved. You can walk to the Air Base from both.

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