Saturday, November 24, 2012
Crashes on eastbound 316 in Lawrenceville and westbound 316 in Barrow slow traffic late Saturday afternoon.
A traffic accident on Highway 316 eastbound near Briscoe Field airport sent traffic detouring to Hurricane Shoals Road shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, while vehicles returning to the Atlanta area from the Georiga-Georgia Tech game were stalled by a westbound wreck in Barrow County. A plane carrying a banner ad, likely fresh from the football game, circled overhead as officials directed traffic off the highway after the Lawrenceville wreck. It's been a tough holiday weekend for 316. On Friday, a westbound lane was closed in the afternoon while officials put out a nearby brush fire.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners votes unanimously to reject proposal.
After years of controversy, the privatization debate may finally be closed. Tuesday afternoon, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to reject a proposal from Propeller Airports to privatize Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville. Gwinnett County began the process of potentially privatizing county-owned Briscoe Field by issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) in December of 2011. Propeller Investments, a company that had previously expressed an interest in bringing commercial flights to the airport, was the only company to file a proposal before the Feb. 8, 2012 deadline. The Propeller proposal was reviewed, evaluated and scored in accordance with Gwinnett County purchasing policies and several issues were noted. Prior to …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Brett Smith said expansion of Briscoe Field could be good for residents in Lawrenceville and Dacula.
In a Monday afternoon press conference, Propeller Airports CEO Brett Smith urged the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to delay tomorrow's scheduled vote regarding the privatization of Briscoe Field. Watch the video for Smith's remarks concerning how commercializing the airport could benefit residents living near the airport. You might also be interested in reading:
Group spokesperson Jim Regan calls Propeller Airports’ press conference an “admission that they know they're going to lose.”
Monday, June 4, 2012
A local citizens’ group is calling for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners (BOC) to proceed with a vote on the privatization of Briscoe Field. The vote is expected to come during the commission’s 2 p.m. business session on June 5. The Gwinnett County Department of Transportation has recommended the BOC reject the proposal submitted by Propeller Airports to privatize Briscoe Field. Propeller Airports CEO Brett Smith has asked for the BOC to delay the vote until a new District 1 commissioner is seated. Former District 1 representative Shirley Lasseter resigned last week after pleading guilty to charges she accepted bribes in return for her support for a proposed real estate development. During the course of the investigation leading …
Brett Smith calls for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to postpone any important votes until a new District 1 representative is seated.
While some may be pleased to see the airport privatization issue on the June 5 Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners agenda, Propeller Airports CEO Brett Smith is not. Smith plans to hold a press conference Monday afternoon "to address Tuesday’s Gwinnett County Commission agenda issue on his company’s proposal to expand the Briscoe Field in order to accommodate commercial passenger flights." In a released statement, Smith said, “Since the District 1 Commission seat is now vacant, no important issues should be voted on by the Commission until a new District 1 Commission representative is seated. It would be incredibly unfair to have a vote on a major issue affecting the whole county if that district is not represented." District 1 …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
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 expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal from Propeller Investments regarding the privatization of Briscoe Field. 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 …
Friday, June 1, 2012
After months of controversy, future of Briscoe Field may finally be settled.
A long-awaited decision on whether to privatize Briscoe Field may come Tuesday, June 5. The agenda for the 10 a.m. work session of the Gwinnett County commission lists an “approval to reject RP039-11, A Public-Private Partnership for the Lease, Operation and Improvement of Gwinnett County Airport Briscoe Field” under new business. The actual vote would most likely take place during the 2 p.m. business session. Gwinnett County began the process of potentially privatizing county-owned Briscoe Field by issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) in December of 2011. Propeller Investments, a company that had previously expressed an interest in bringing commercial flights to the airport, was the only company to file a proposal before the Feb. 8, 2012…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I expect each of you to have the courage of conviction in bringing the matter of the privatization of Gwinnett County Airport Briscoe Field before the public for an up or down vote on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
Dear Chairwoman Nash and Commissioners Beaudreau, Heard, Howard, and Lasseter: Greetings. After [Tuesday] evening's public comments session following the conclusion of your body acting on zoning matters, from the public comments, if there was any definitive message which came forth from the public comments, it was that it is time for you members of our Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to either fish or cut bait. Therefore, at the 2:00 PM Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, the airport issue should be given an up or down vote. It is my personal opinion that since Chairwoman Nash took over the helm of our county that she, along with each of you commissioners, has been given ample information to make an informed …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
For Metro Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is it. Would you like to see it get a back-up airport, and if so, where should it be located?
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Most major international airports in the US have a second, or even third, airport to back them up. In New York, JF Kennedy International Airport is backed up by LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International, in Chicago, there is O’Hare and Midway and in the Atlanta area there is Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and… Well, there is Hartfield-Jackson International Airport. Despite being the busiest airport in not just the US but also the world, metro Atlanta has no back-up airport. According to Wikipedia, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport not only has the largest number of passengers passing through it, but it also moves the most aircrafts in the world annually. There has been a lot of talk recently, sometimes pretty heated talk…
Friday, May 18, 2012
Debate continues on the pros and cons of privatizing Briscoe Field.
Kinton Aviation Consulting, a leading consulting firm to the aviation industry, released a report that should assist the Gwinnett County Citizens Committee in determining how to move Briscoe Airport forward. The report identified key factors that point to success, should the redevelopment and subsequent addition of passenger service be permitted at the County airport, including gate constraints at Hartsfield International, potential ease of use and navigation of a smaller facility, convenience and increased competition in the Atlanta market providing travelers with more options, according to a press release by Angela Reba, spokeswoman for Propeller Airports. Propeller Airports was the only entity to respond to the county's Request For …