Manhattan Beach

The City Council delayed for a month adoption of a policy on helicopter landing pads in order to study whether helipads could be limited to emergency and public-service uses.

The delay came after two council members, Jan Dennis and Gil Archuletta, argued that the criteria for helipads recommended by the city Planning Commission did not go far enough in restricting helicopter use for business.

But Mayor Jim Walker countered that a stated policy against business helipads may make the city vulnerable to lawsuits.

On a motion by Councilman Bob Holmes, the council directed City Atty. Carl Newton to research the city's legal position if such a restricted policy were enacted. His report will be submitted at the council's Nov. 19 meeting.

Currently, only one helipad is licensed in the city. TRW Inc. has conducted occasional business flights since 1968 from a helipad at its offices at Marine Avenue and Aviation Boulevard, City Manager Dave Thompson said.

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