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Fly Gwinnett Forward Seeks Referendum for Briscoe Field

Expressing sadness for all of Gwinnett County In the wake of scandals surrounding Shirley Lasseter's resignation, FGF wants to take the proposal to the ballot box.

Gwinnett's County Commission is .  

In a press release issued late on Friday afternoon, Fly Gwinnett Forward proposed that the "most appropriate way to resolve the issue surrounding Briscoe Field is for the County to release the proposal it received and for a referendum to be placed on the November Ballot by the Board of Commissioners."

Members of Fly Gwinnett Forward believe that this action would allow citizens the time needed to properly analyze the proposal on its own merits. This referendum would enable "all of the voting citizens of Gwinnett to make an informed decision."

Opponents have been vocal about the possibilities of failure and decreased property values in areas near the airport. Proponents believe the airport is a grossly underutilized asset that should be improved upon to affect a better economic climate in Gwinnett County.

Dacula Patch has released a summary of the findings that recommended rejection contained in a memo, by Gwinnett County Director of Transportation Martin Conroy.

What do you think? Should the citizens be allowed to vote based on information within the proposal? Should this be put on a referendum in November for voters to decide? Let us know in the comments.

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M.K. OSBORNE June 04, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Tim , I think we will see another attempt at this in a shorter span than the previous ,say 2-5 years . I find it hard to believe that this is Game over . This is only what i feel and round 3 would be the third attempt in the commercialization of the airport.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew June 04, 2012 at 03:14 AM
@ Tim I believe this may further define the round 3 statement http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/plan-for-second-metro-1450912.html Plan for second metro commercial airport likely grounded Local airport advocacy group Fly Gwinnett Forward said it will push commissioners to consider an airport referendum in November. "Commissioner Lasseter's troubles have greatly affected the credibility of the commission to vote on this issue, pro or con," said Mike Royal of Fly Gwinnett Forward. "That’s why the best way to resolve it is to put it on the ballot." And Now “I think it would give us the ability to attract even more high-level professionals and companies to the area,” said Raymond Cobb, a former board member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Gwinnett County Planning Commission. “If [the proposal] falls apart, we’ll have to think about another way to do the same thing.”
M.K. OSBORNE June 04, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Marta will be voted in one day , Liquor tried many times then was in , the airport can and will follow this pattern . Adult stores and strip clubs will be plentiful in time also. all in the name of commerce and convenience .
GregRodgers June 04, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Tim...of couse there would be people who would vote for the Airport. These would be the Johnny come lately's that have only just heard of this issue because of ignorance. I say ignorance because they would have ignored 2 years of facts for ease of travel. They would also be the first to complain when their taxes go through the roof when the airport failed and we end up on the hook to pay for this nonsense. In otherwords....typical Gwinnett County non voters!!
dacula_dude June 05, 2012 at 03:21 AM
The idea of a referendum vote on commercialization reminds me of this quote: "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!" Benjamin Franklin

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