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Airpark repairs to be considered

Published Oct. 18, 2005

Commissioners will decide tonight whether to make more than $300,000 worth of repairs to the Clearwater Airpark. The repairs are part of a long-awaited refurbishing plan for the tiny airport off Hercules Avenue that used to be called the Clearwater Executive Airpark.

The airpark, which is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, has had problems with a runway that dips, outdoor hangars that are rusted, and taxiways dotted with potholes.

Part of the airpark's face lift will include a 6-foot-high chain-link fence to replace an inadequate security fence and for fencing in areas that have none at all.

Airpark officials have complained that golfers from a nearby golf course wander onto the runway in search of errant golf balls.

The money for the $227,540 in runway and taxiway repairs, the $58,858 maintenance repair and the $65,503 for the fence would come from the additional 1-cent sales tax.

The commission also will review a site plan for increasing the Island Estate Dry Storage Marina from 46 boats to 126 boats.

The addition will create two more levels at the marina and has been approved by the Planning and Zoning Board.

The commission meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall at 112 S Osceola Ave.