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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 5:30am

Residents Weigh In On Gwinnett Airport

Residents voiced objections and support for allowing commercial flights at an airport outside of Atlanta as a report on the proposal nears completion.

Some residents at a Tuesday meeting expressed worries about noise and fears that commercial flights would lead to lower property values.

But several business owners and residents said the promise of jobs and economic prosperity made the venture worth exploring. Bill Blackwell of Dacula said a better airport is needed to attract top companies to Gwinnett County, which includes many of Atlanta's northeastern suburbs.

A task force of residents has been studying Briscoe Field airport in Lawrenceville, including the idea of privatizing the airport and adding commercial flights. Its report is due May 8.