Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi: Decision next week in Opa-locka airport tower closure

Mayor says COO of FAA Air Traffic Division will make decision, report March 22

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OPA-LOCKA, Fla. – Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi says a decision will be made next week regarding the possible closure of the Opa-locka airport flight towers.

Pizzi said in a statement he met with David Grizzle, the Chief Operating Officer of the FAA Air Traffic Division, Thursday afternoon in Washington D.C.

Pizzi said Grizzle will be making the decision on whether or not to keep the flight towers open.

"I personally presented him (Grizzle) with all of the letters and emails received from concerned residents and businesses, along with the resolution passed by our town council," said Pizzi.

The Miami Lakes mayor said he also explained to Grizzle why the flight towers are needed for national security reasons, as well as to protect the public safety and quality of life of thousands of residents who are in the flight path.

"Mr. Grizzle is going over the letters and a decision will be made next Wednesday and reported next Friday, March 22nd," said Pizzi.

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Pizzi said for all of the people living in the flight path and who are concerned with their safety, he said the town council has done everything possible to impress upon the federal government the importance of protecting the safety, quality of life and economic prosperity of our residents.

"The concerns of Miami Lakes and surrounding area residents have now been taken to Washington and impressed upon the decision makers," said Pizzi.