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Miami-Dade puts new airport in Homestead onto agenda

Written by on September 15, 2020
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.

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

  1. Dan

    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

    September 16, 2020 at 10:25 am

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

  3. Luis

    September 16, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Magnifico para el desarrollo de la ciudad de homestead.

  4. Dianne

    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

      September 19, 2020 at 11:20 pm

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

  5. CJ

    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

    • Lucy Clements

      September 22, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      We can create jobs here without jeopardizing our quality of life. I don’t want to live in a dirty, noisy, industrial heavy truck traffic town. I don’t want to breathe jet fuel and exhaust from heavy shipping It will lower the quality of life and property values.

  6. Mimi

    September 16, 2020 at 6:22 pm

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

  7. pete shields

    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.

    • Lucy Clements

      September 22, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      I like ve a good environmental protest. Sign me up!

  8. Jim

    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

    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

    September 16, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    National security first, the business…

  11. Antonio Santos

    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

    September 16, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    I loved the idea

  13. None

    September 16, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    This will be the end of Homestead.

  14. Noemi

    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

    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.


    September 17, 2020 at 5:23 am

    I like the idea

  17. Faruk

    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

    September 17, 2020 at 9:16 am

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

  19. Diego Rivadeneira

    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

    September 17, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Traffic people the Traffic!!!!!!

  21. Jose Irizarry

    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

    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

    September 17, 2020 at 2:14 pm

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

  24. Ron

    September 17, 2020 at 2:53 pm

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

  25. Green liz

    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

    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

    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

    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.


    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.

  30. Lucy Clements

    September 22, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    And with that comes trucking, shipping, constant jet noise, all sort of industrial environmental impact. Our property values and quality of life is at stake here. I’m sure Amazon is ‘lubricating’ the commission to sneak this through especially made easier in these covid times. Once it’s done its irreversible. It’s failed over environmental concerns over the years. Sign me up to protest. Again.

  31. RoSchele

    September 23, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    I live in the area and it’ not in the best interest of the people. The environment will suffer the people will suffer it’s already going to be more traffic houses going up on all vacant land along with FED-EX here and AMAZON coming so much in one small area with few outlets.

  32. Mick Jones

    September 23, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    The dual use has always made since for South Miami Dade. With the recent Amazon land deal close to the airport this makes more since than ever. More jobs for South Dade, less traffic on the turnpike traveling downtown for jobs.

  33. Gee

    September 25, 2020 at 8:18 am

    The community successfully fought this same thing over 20 years ago when far fewer people were living so close. Folks at Ocean Reef were the largest detractors, and all of this was before 9/11. You really want a commercial airport practically next to a nuclear power plant? And i have not even mentioned the real reason this is such a terrible “idea:” it is immediately next to a national park, one of this nation’s crown jewels, and about 20 miles from another one. The noise is one thing, but the associated development that will inevitably come around the location will lower, not improve, the quality of life.

  34. Rhina Oviedo

    October 28, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Agree 100% I like the idea, Homestead needs to grow much more in all aspects.

  35. Robbin

    December 14, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Too close to Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park. Tourists go to these famous Parks to experience nature not noise pollution. So much for peacefully kayaking in the mangroves of Biscayne National Park.
    Don’t even want to think of a plane crash near Nuclear Power Plant. What about the tourists who come to visit Everglades National Park? And local residents from Miami looking for a peaceful place to visit and camp in a natural habitat full of wildlife. I feel sorry for the residents who would be living under the horrendous noise pollution from the planes. And of course added traffic.

  36. Robbin

    December 14, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    100% Bad idea. Noise pollution and added traffic will affect the Everglades and wildlife because of the noise from the planes. And I don’t think tourists who go to Everglades Nat’l Park to experience peace and quiet of the Park will appreciation the noise of the planes. And how will the noise affect nesting birds and other wildlife in the park.
    Doesn’t seem like a good idea to be so close to the Nuclear Power Plant.