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Huntington Beach council looks to create airport issues group

Huntington Beach council looks to create airport issues group
A commercial airplane flies over Newport Beach after taking off from John Wayne Airport. The city of Huntington Beach is looking into creating an airport-related task force after concerns from residents regarding airplane noise from John Wayne and other airports. (File photo)

The Huntington Beach City Council will consider creating a special task force Tuesday to look into airplane- and airport-related issues.

Goals include establishing a dialogue with local airport and federal officials, enlisting community involvement and providing the city with ongoing updates.

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The request to form the Air Traffic Noise Working Group came at the behest of Councilman Patrick Brenden and Councilwoman Barbara Delgleize.

The two said many residents have reached out to the council with concerns about the frequency and altitude of flights, as well as the flight paths over Huntington Beach.

Following changes from the Federal Aviation Administration last year, some residents said they saw more planes flying over their homes at lower altitudes and at seemingly later times.

They were suspicious of the FAA's Metroplex project, an air traffic system that officials contended would create efficiencies and reduce carbon emissions and flight delays.

The working group would be led by two council members, city staff, airport experts and include up to 10 community members. It could meet as soon as Jan. 28.

Central Park alcohol sales

In other business, Brenden is requesting the council consider permitting alcohol sales and service at Central Park.

According to a city report, diners at Kathy May's Lakeview Cafe, which overlooks the park's Lake Huntington, have requested beer and wine service.

That would require a change in city code, which only allows alcohol for special events.

Tuesday's regular meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 2000 Main St. A study session featuring a presentation on crime rates starts at 4 p.m.

Twitter: @BradleyZint

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