Where does FSEDI stand on Navy training?

Published 9:10 am Friday, January 14, 2011

To the Editor:

The silence of Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc. in the face of the Navy’s threatened use of the local airport is deafening.

There are few issues facing our community that threaten to impact economic development to the degree that six hours a day of low-altitude flights, 200-plus days a year over the community will have.

There is absolutely no plausible argument yet made, or likely to be made, that this will enhance our ability to recruit and sustain industry and commerce in and around Franklin.

We face the devaluation of property and loss of quality of life, the reversal of two of the most salient selling points that this group has to offer.

If FSEDI disagrees, they should say so, and help us understand why this is such a good thing. If, on the other hand, from a professional perspective, they think this will be bad for the area, they should speak up.

If opining on this issue is not within the purview and responsibility of FSEDI, what is?

Rick Ivey