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Naples Airport Authority welcomes public input in noise compatibility study

Public meeting on Naples Airport noise study
Posted at 10:42 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 22:42:21-05

NAPLES, Fla. — The Naples Airport Authority is welcoming the community’s input on an ongoing nuisance.

Residents have expressed concerns about loud planes causing disruption to everyday life.

The last noise study was completed over 20 years ago, growth and development of the Naples area have called for re-evaluation.

Tonight residents living near the airport are voicing their frustrations about the loud sounds of planes arriving and departing each day.

“It’s just nosey and very disruptive, ”says Nancy Dimella.

Residents were provided with information on the noise compatibility study and urged to weigh in.

“We are taking a fresh look at things to determine what the current operational environment is and how that noise exposure has changed,” said the project’s manager, Michael Arnold.

Arnold says the noise complaints from people living near airports are not uncommon.

“Whenever you have communities that are in close proximity to airports, you have people concerned about airport overflights and noise,” said Arnold.

Naples residents say the loud sounds of jets can be very disturbing.

“You have a TV on, or you’re talking to a neighbor or a guest there is a number of times when you have to stop talking until the aircraft flies over, ” said Tom Lauer.

The planes flying so low over one resident home, Nancy Dimella says she can see inside the aircraft.

“My goodness they are right over us, I could almost count the number of passengers in the plane, ” said Dimella.

There is hope that new data collected during the study will work to make things more tolerable.

One pilot and Naples resident says it’s no big deal.

“I think there needs to be a little bit of tolerance for what aircraft do for Naples, the economic impact is tremendous, ” said Charley Paulk.

He says he has become accustomed to the roaring engine sounds.

“Its a part of life, if I choose to live on the flight path I have to accept the fact that I’m going to be on it, ” said Charley Paulk.

The Naples Airport Authority welcomes all public input for this study.

Email your comments to noisestudy@flynaples.com .