Fort Myers neighborhood fed up with noisy, low-flying planes
By Colleen Hogan. CREATED May 30, 2012
FT. MYERS, Fla. - A Ft. Myers neighborhood is fed up with noisy, low-flying planes and after months of trying on their own to get that changed, some homeowners are coming to Fox 4 to see what can be done.
Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan is taking their concerns to the FAA and the Lee Co. Port Authority.
The clink of windchimes and the song of a nearby bird are the only sounds Robert and Rhonda Fontano want to hear when they're relaxing poolside.
"You're trying to relax," Robert Fontano said. "Trying to enjoy."
But that enjoyment is shattered most days by this what the couple calls a constant buzz from low-flying planes.
"The planes start circling over the house about every six to seven minutes, doing what they call 'touch and goes' where the planes fly over, circle around, touch down, come back up and circle again," he said.
Even on the weekends, when they say the planes get flying as early as 7:00 a.m.
"More flight schools have arrived, which has increased the flight traffic quite a bit," he said.
To illustate how low and nosiy the planes are, this past weekend, Robert shot some home video from his pool of the planes.
"On some occassions, I can read the numbers on the planes they're so low," he said.
We reached out to the FAA and the Lee County Port Authority to see what the deal is and if the flight path can be changed to take the planes away from this neighborhood. A spokesperson with the FAA says they're looking into it, and will have someone contact the couple about their concerns.
"We understand that they have to fly, that they have to practice," Fontano said. "And the schools have a right to be in business. We've asked repeately to redirect their flight path, take them away from our house, even part of the day."
Colleen Hogan, reporter