The mayor and city council are duty bound to listen to their constituents --and seek legislative and federal intervention (as seen with the citizen- driven Sewage protest).
Our 'defined' briefing could be placed on a city council agenda--open to public discussion. The staff report should contain research on Whidbey Island and other communities (which resemble Coronado's topography and intense military training operations) engaging in legal challenges.
Using a Navy briefing format, we could develop small papers on separate salient topics: aviation noise, pollution, health damage (on children and elderly), helicopter crash risks, residential property value decline, loss of income to TOT funds due to loss of returning families and guests to the Del, Loews and the Marriott. These precises could be submitted for inclusion in the council packet.
The entire chamber will need to be filled with all those (and their families) who have suffered and repeatedly complained and respectfully advocated for relief.
Our attorney has sought advice from a legal team which specializes in law suits against military incursions on citizen health and property.
Possible outcomes from the above city council approach:
We hope others will add more or different ideas. Thank you.
Let us clear up some confusion that seems to be surrounding our group's mission. We are not anti-Navy and do not want any aircrafts removed from the Coronado community. We understand the importance of training pilots and making sure they get in the practice needed to gain their essential experience. All we are asking for is that the Navy move the flight path a little further offshore, as they were before the random 2012 change. This is not asking much and will take very little effort on their part. We want the Navy to be cognizant of the potential dangers of a residential crash, and that leaving the flights paths as is will contiunue to put our our children, families, and homes in unnecessary potential danger.
In 2012, the Navy arbitrarily decided, for no apparent reason, to reposition the North Island Accident Potential Zone (APZ) that was used since 1984, without any input from the residents of Coronado. In doing so, they moved the flight paths much further inland, creating a new APZ crash-zone that hovers over hundreds of residential homes, the Hotel del Coronado, and thousands of tourists on the beach. If an aircraft crashed into this newly designated APZ crash-zone, the aftermath would be devastating.
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As you can see, thedotted/dash lines in the overhead photo on the right, show the APZ crash-zone that existed in . At that time, only a few houses were under the APZ crash-zone, with most the zone significantly over the beach and the Pacific Ocean. As aforementioned, in , the Navy unilaterally decided to change the APZ crash-zone to the current APZ crash-zone section, putting hundreds of residential homes, and the people that live in them, in danger.
The previous APZ crash-zone worked just fine from 1984-2012. This repositioning made absolutely no sense, and it dramatically increased the potential for risk, as well as air & noise pollution exposure, to thousands of residents. What was the need to move the flight path? A good explanation for this change is nowhere to be found, and more importantly, there was clearly no community involvement or residential input allowed by the Navy in this matter. The image below helps capture just how much residential and beach coverage the new APZ crash-zone actually covers, including multiple homes now located in the most dangerous "Clear Zone"...
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Again, Safer and Quieter absolutely supports the Navy and appreciates everything the Navy has done for our country. Many members are active or retired Navy/Marine/Army, from enlisted to officers, bringing to our campaign the wisdom and experience they gained during their service. Many are even former pilots. Our only request is for the Navy to return to the 1984 flight paths where most of the APZ crash-zone coverage is over the Pacific Ocean and not the people of Coronado.
The bottom line is that as a town, Coronado has shown the Navy a lot of love... and as a town, all we want is a little "love" back from the Navy. Check out the great news video provided by KGTV Channel 10 News regarding the APZ crash-zone change below.
"The Navy is not always going to see eye to eye with the city and vice versa, but we live so close together that if we don't get along and continue the dialogue, then we're going to have real issues."
- Then Captain Yancy Lindsey
Now a Rear Admiral, Yancy is correct. If we do not have dialogue between the Navy and the citizens of Coronado, then we will continue to have problems like this one. However, in hypocritical fashion, The Navy decided to change the flight paths from the 1984 zones without any communication or notification to the city. The Navy just did it on their own without any regard to the safety concerns of the citizens of Coronado, putting hundreds of homes and people in danger if a crash ever did occur.
Accountability needs to come into effect here. The Navy needs to realize that they made a mistake on redrawing the lines unneccessarily, and can easily just go back to the way they were previously from the 1984 zoning.
Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) has multiple runways where the helos can land, many which have flight paths over the ocean and not our homes. Click the link below to see charts of the flight paths.
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